Fighting Fire With Fire Essay

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Over the course of the past few years, mass killings have escalated in the United States, causing an immense uproar from the many American citizens demanding a solution. Due to the two conflicting sides regarding the solution, gun control; many are not able to come to an agreement. While some argue gun control is the only way to help stop the mass killings that are on the high rise, others argue that it is against the Constitution and against one’s rights to not be able to bear arms. Gun control, although portrayed as the only solution to the mindless killing, is not the answer to today’s violence; in fact many believe that stricter gun control enables more mass shootings to take place (Statistics show mass shootings more frequent with strict gun control). The problem is not gun ownership, it is the increasing tendency towards violence in the United States (Stone).
One of the negative aspects of strict gun control is the actual overall effectiveness if it were to be enforced. Gun control could have little effect on the recurring issue of mass shootings. Taking Washington D.C. and New York as examples, although they have the most restrictive gun control laws, they also have the highest crime rates in America, making the strict changes ineffective (Stone). One proposal made, in opposition to gun control, was to not take arms away, but in fact to give them to those who can act as protective figures in a threatening situation. While many argue it is ludicrous to fight fire with fire, evaluating the heartbreaking tragedy Sandy Hook as an example, evidence proves that the result of the Connecticut school shooting could have been different if the teachers and staff at Sandy Hook were armed, and trained (Bennett). Although the proposal is almost as controversial as the gun control debate itself, many are taking the option of keeping everyone armed in case of an emergency into...

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