The question of whether people should have a right to own a gun is a point of many discussions in the modern world. Considering the fact that more and more people are killed in terrorist attacks and even their homes and I would personally like to feel secured at all times, it is essential to discuss this topic. This paper will argue that American people should have a right to be armed.
The right to own and carry a gun it closely associated with the reduced level of crime. According to Lott, American national data confirms that right-to-carry laws has a positive correlation with the decreased level of crime in the country (3). Thus, the motivation to let people own a gun can be confirmed by statistical data and credible arguments.
Individuals who have a firearm can keep themselves and their families in safety. In a practical situation when a person is attacked by another individual with a knife, he is more likely to prevent being hurt or murdered when he has a chance to threaten with a gun (Malcolm 7). At the same time, a person without a gun is helpless in these situations.
Finally, a personal experience of being a wife of a former police officer confirms that firearms are important. However, an essential thing is to follow all the regulations and go through a background check in order to purchase a gun legally and know how to use it (Vernick et al. 99). Because my husband owns a gun, he was always ready to stand for his family. Therefore, we are planning to teach our 8-year-old son about gun safety and usage.
Overall, the question of gun control and ownership is a serious issue that should be educated about. Since with a gun a person can feel protected, every individual in the United States should have a right to own a firearm.
Lott, John R. More guns, less crime: Understanding crime and gun control laws. University of Chicago Press, 2013.
Malcolm, Joyce Lee. Guns and violence: The English experience. Harvard University Press, 2009.
Vernick, Jon S., Ted Alcorn, and Joshua Horwitz. “Background checks for all gun buyers and gun violence restraining orders: state efforts to keep guns from high-risk persons.” The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, vol. 45, no. 1, 2017, pp. 98-102.