Letter to The Next President

Dear Mister or Misses President, The Amendments in our constitution were established for a reason, that reason is to assure the freedom of our people. The 2nd Amendment is the right to bare arms. (Due to all the gun shootings that have happened this year is hurting on our country and has many people around the world worried about their own lives). Not convincing enough? What if I told you that, According to the Brady Campaign, 306 people in America are shot in murders, assaults, suicides and suicide attempts, unintentional shootings, and police intervention last year in 2015. Every day, 90 people die from gun violence, and 31 are murdered. The FBI reports show that, In 2012, there were 8,855 criminal gun homicides in the FBI's homicide database, but only 258 gun killings by private citizens that were deemed justifiable, which the FBI defines as "the killing of a felon, during the commission of a felony, by a private citizen." Future president, there are many different approaches we can take at solving the problem of gun control. Supporters say that the government is unable to take that right away from them as it is stated in the Constitution. However, I personally think that you can limit the and maintain what the Amendment gives an individual the right to do. For example, I do not think that an individual needs an assault weapon if they are not involved in a sport relating to guns or a registered hunter. Also, I don't think that high magazine count is necessary. For instance, the Columbine High School shooting in 1999, the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado in 2012, and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012 were all done with assault weapons and each had an excessive amount of ammunition on them. High magazine count and assault weapons should be banned. 56% of adults approve the banning of assault weapons, and 53% of adults approve of high magazine count bans. Since the shooter doesn't care so much about accuracy anymore, but how many people they can at least hit with a bullet. With high magazine's, death rates rose 63% and injury rates rose 156%. With the advancements of technology since the Second Amendment was created, I think you need to revisit the rights within the Amendment. Also, you need to change them to protect all individuals from the possible deadly consequences that guns can bring. There are hunters out there who go out and kill animals for their families and that’s okay, but I still think that they ALL need to get their hunting license. Nowadays, they can just own a gun. Hunters are not the issue. It’s the people who live in towns, who have 8 guns in their house for “safety” reasons. Imagine you going over to someone’s house that you don’t know and they own 8 guns and you have no idea where they are and these people are not friendly. This could be where the wrong people get shot or injured for the wrong reason. There are other things to use, there is always another answer. Future president, it will be in your hands to provide some limitations to the 2nd Amendment and I hope we see them once you are elected into office. Sincerely, Nick

Mrs. K's Social Studies Class

Social Studies 8-1

An 8th grade social studies class.

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