It is a debate that gets more and more heated every political cycle, and comes up every time that there is gun violence reported in the news. The issue of gun control in our country is a hot button topic that falls right along party lines, with each side not wanting to compromise and inch on laws and regulations. There are staunch supporters on both sides who have been lobbying our representatives to pass legislation fitting their agenda.
It boils down to two arguments. Liberals typically believe that gun regulations are too lax, and that there should be many more regulation on who can own a firearm and what those firearms can be. On the extreme side of this argument are people who want an outright ban on all types of weapons. This side is fueled by high profile gun violence in which innocent people are left as the victims. Most notably this is situations like school or workplace shootings. They argue if they shooters did not have as easy access to their weapons the acts would not have been committed.
On the other side are conservatives who believe that any increase in gun regulations are detrimental to our second amendment right, which protects our citizens right to keep and bear arms. This side promotes responsible gun ownership but does not want new laws that will take guns out of the hands of responsible citizens. Many of these people believe in personal self defense, and see owning a firearm as an extension of that, a way to protect their family and themselves from threats. Others like to use guns for hunting or sport shooting and don’t want their guns taken away for any reason.
There is a push from Liberals to have stronger background checks to make sure that anyone trying to purchase a gun is of sound mind and body. They argue that those who have committed crimes are people who have had mental problems and new laws would prevent others like that from owning weapons. Conservatives counter that this may affect responsible gun owners and impede on their rights.
The other debate centers around what types of guns should be made available to every day citizens. The Left argues that there is no reason a person should ever need to own an assault rifle for self defense, and that magazine cartridges need to have a limited number of bullets. Blogs like RedDotSights provide firearm optics which others want limited as well. The Right believes that gun owners should not be limited in what they own and that it is not impractical for someone to need that much firepower to defend their home. They say that limited magazine size can mean the difference of life and death when in a defensive gun situation and you run out of bullets. Firearm sights are another controversial accessory due to their high power. RedDotSights provides information about different AR 15 sights that both sides can glean facts from. Conservatives don’t want their self defense to be in the hands of a third party, like the police, they want to be able to act on their own to ensure their ability to survive.
The debate will continue to rage on between the two sides, with little hope of a compromise that everyone will be happy with. We will have to keep searching for a way to balance responsible gun ownership with limiting laws.