Is Gun Control Really Necessary?

Is Gun Control Really Necessary?

Gun control from the perspective of someone who believes in the 'right to bear arms.'
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

I used to be the type of person that strongly supported the Second Amendment without question. I grew up in a family, where guns and shooting were a norm. I got my first BB gun in third grade, and target practice was one of my favorite activities. I was a member of a shooting sports club for several years throughout middle school and high school. I was taught gun safety from a very young age and it is pretty safe to say that I will continue to enjoy guns throughout the rest of my life.

I am sure that you noticed above where I said I used to strongly support the Second Amendment. That is true and I still do, but times are changing and I have to admit that I am becoming a strong supporter of gun control. Stronger gun control laws will affect me just as much as they will others and I am okay with that. In no way do I want guns to be banned entirely, but I do believe there should be some legal barriers to make it harder for guns to get in the wrong hands.

In case you forgot, or didn't know, the words of the Second Amendment are at the top of this article. As you can see the Amendment revolves around the idea of a 'well regulated militia'. At the time the militia was an important provision to the protection of the citizens and their rights. That is why it is the Second Amendment. Today the idea of such a militia, as intended by the Second Amendment is completely unnecessary.

The Second Amendment, as it stands, has lost relevancy in regards to the way the country operates today. We need to look at the contexts of society now and adapt our laws about gun control based off of that, not what the colonists feared. We do not need a militia to protect our people, we need laws about that protect out people from guns.

If you are a law-abiding citizen that is mentally competent enough to own a gun, then you have nothing to worry about. The main focus is to create rules and regulations that make it harder for the wrong people to get guns. It is true that people who really want guns, will do whatever it takes to get them. With stricter rules in place it will make it harder for them to happen. Most mass shootings are done with legally obtained weapons. Criminalizing some and tightening rules on others will make it harder for them to land in the wrong hands.

Another hot topic with gun control, is assault weapons. They are not necessary for sport or self-defense. There is absolutely no point in using an assault weapon to hunt and using one for self defense would be complete over-kill. Even if no advancements are made in this issue, the least that should come of it is limiting magazine size.

If you can't kill a home invader...with ten shots, you need to go back to the local shooting range."- Stephen King

Our nation undoubtedly values life. Society has the responsibility to protect innocent lives where ever possible. It is sad to say, but as they now exist, guns are a threat to the the general welfare of society. Greater restrictions will reduce the unjustified killing of innocent people and will serve to protect each person's right to exist safely. After all, what is more important, a citizens fundamental right to live safely or their right to bear arms?

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10 Things I Threw Out AFTER Freshman Year Of College

Guess half the stuff on your packing list doesn't really matter

I spent the entire summer before my freshman year of college so WORRIED.

I also spent most of my money that summer on miscellaneous dorm stuff. I packed the car when the time finally came to move in, and spent the drive up excited and confused about what the heck was actually going on.

Freshman year came and went, and as I get ready to go back to school in just a few short weeks (!!), I'm starting to realize there's just a whole bunch of crap I just don't need.

After freshman year, I threw out:

1. Half my wardrobe.

I don't really know what I was thinking of owning 13 sweaters and 25 T-shirts in the first place. I wear the same five T-shirts until I magically find a new one that I probably got for free, and I put on jeans maybe four times. One pair is enough.

2. Half my makeup.

Following in the theme of #1, if I put on makeup, it's the same eyeliner-mascara combination as always. Sometimes I spice it up and add lipstick or eyeshadow.

3. My vacuum.

One, I basically never did it. Two, if I REALLY needed to vacuum, dorms rent out cleaning supplies.

4. Most of my photos from high school.

I didn't throw them ALL away, but most of them won't be making a return to college. Things change, people change, your friends change. And that's okay.

5. Excess school supplies.

Binders are heavy and I am lazy. I surprisingly didn't lose that many pens, so I don't need the fifty pack anymore. I could probably do without the crayons.

6. Cups/Plates/Bowls/Silverware.

Again, I am lazy. I cannot be bothered to wash dishes that often. I'll stick to water bottles and maybe one coffee cup. Paper plates/bowls can always be bought, and plastic silverware can always be stolen from different places on campus.

7. Books.

I love to read, but I really don't understand why I thought I'd have the time to actually do it. I think I read one book all year, and that's just a maybe.

8. A sewing kit.

I don't even know how to sew.

9. Excessive decorations.

It's nice to make your space feel a little more cozy, but not every inch of the wall needs to be covered.

10. Throw pillows.

At night, these cute little pillows just got tossed to the floor, and they'd sit there for days if I didn't make my bed.

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We're All Thinking It, I'm Saying It: Too Many People Are Running For President

I'm all for options, but man, do we really need 24? I mean, I can barely pick a flavor of ice cream at Baskin Robbins let alone a potential President.


There are, currently, 23 Democrats running for President. On the Republican side, there's, of course, Trump, but only one other candidate, former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld. Democrats have a whole range of people running, from senators to congressmen, a former vice-president, and even a spiritual advisor. We can now say that there are DOZENS of people running for President in 2020.

Joe Biden has been leading the pack for quite some time now. He was even leading polls before he announced his campaign. Although he is the frontrunner, there really is no big favorite to win the nomination. Biden has been hovering around the mid-30s in most polls, with Bernie Sanders coming in second. Other minor candidates in the hunt are Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, and Kamala Harris.

After the surprising defeat of Hillary Clinton in 2016, Democrats have become electrified and have a mission to take back the White House after winning back the House of Representatives in 2018. There are so many people running in 2020, it seems that it will be hard to focus on who is saying what and why someone believes in something, but in the end, there can only be one candidate. This is the most diverse group of candidates ever, several women are running, people of color, the first out gay candidate, and several more.

There could be a problem when it comes to debate time. I mean, the first debate is next month. Having around 20-plus people on stage at the same time, debating each other kinda sounds like a nightmare. How can someone get their point across in the right amount of time when someone else is going to cut them off? Debates are usually around an hour and a half. So, if you divide it up, each candidate would get just under five minutes to speak. That would be in a perfect world of course.

Democrats seriously believe that they can beat Trump in 2020. They say they have learned from the mistakes of 2016, and have the guts and the momentum to storm back into the White House. By July of next year, there will be only one candidate left. Will they be able to reconcile the divide during the primaries? We will see. It will surely be a fun election cycle, so make sure to have your popcorn ready and your ballot at hand to pick your favorite candidate, no matter what party you lean towards.

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