Margaret D.

Gun Control

If our future president enforces a strict gun control policy, the only guns that will remain will be illegal and held by dangerous people who do not follow the laws. Therefore, a gun control policy will not actually be effective in the United States and will only enrage the public who believe that their safety is at risk.

Dear Future POTUS,

As I'm sure you can tell by the title, today I am going to talk to you about the very controversial topic of gun control. Although the current gun control policy states that citizens have the right to posse a firearm with a permit, many believe that this law should be provoked. I, on the other hand, believe that this law protects many day-to-day citizens, and therefore, it should never be provoked due to the safety and well being of all.

Guns are the main source of self-protection for innocent civilians. A strict gun control policy will create more problems than it would solve. Here are some statistics that I've found about gun safety in the United States:

"Over the past 20 years, gun sales have absolutely exploded, but homicides with firearms are down 39 percent during that time and “other crimes with firearms” are down 69 percent."

"Approximately 200,000 women in the United States use guns to protect themselves against sexual crime every single year."

"Overall, guns in the United States are used 80 times more often to prevent crime than they are to take lives."

Now, I'm pretty sure that these statistics speak for themselves in saying that guns are very beneficial to all civilians because of the protection they give. Why would you take away the right to carry something that could potentially save someone's life?

Also, making the carrying of a firearm illegal will not put all of the dangerous guns out of the streets. In fact, it is more prone to take the safe guns who are specifically there for protection out of the hands of the innocent because they are the ones who will follow the rules regardless. The criminals will not, by any means, give up their firearms which will not solve the problem.

Last but not least, making the selling of a firearm illegal to citizens will open up a black market where guns will be sold for a steeper price and will not benefit the economy. This also leads to more problems than we are solving for no president wants to be the cause of opening up more dangerous black markets.

In conclusion, the right to carry and own a firearm is the right of all Americans, and it should never be stripped of them due to the protection it creates.

Thank you,

Senior in High School - Margaret