Criticalthinking and thinking are usually distinguished by scholars andphilosophers as two different processes. While everyone is capable ofthinking, only a few people can articulate the course critically.Thinking involves developing ideas about an object, individual or asituation. However, thinking critically is wider and it encompassesconsiderations, assumptions and details reading the subject underthought. This attribute makes it difficult for most people to developa critical analysis and they depend on abstract thoughts that arequestionable when subjected to further analysis. One of thesituations that have attracted varied feelings from proponents isweapon possession in America. Subjecting the regulations to criticalthinking rather than inclining on abstract reasoning can make peoplehave a different attitude towards gun ownership.
Americais the leading country regarding gun possession worldwide. In everyone hundred persons in the region, there are 88 guns. It amounts to atotal of two hundred and seventy millions guns in the country.Further statistics show that twenty-two percent of the Americanspossess more than one gun with 35% of them being men and 12% women.The pervasive gun culture in the region stems in part from thecolonial era. There should be no strict control rules regarding gunsin the region since they assist in self-defense, reduces criminalactivities in the area and also uphold the requirements of the SecondAmendments to the U.S Constitution.
Guncontrol laws should be relaxed since the weapons help deter criminalactivities in the country. The criminals mostly avoid attackinghomesteads with the fear that the owners might be having guns(Bloomberg,2013).If there are laws that prevent people from having such, then banditswould be attacking people and breaking into homesteads at will. Theywould do that since there is nothing to scare them away. Researchshows that forty-eight percent of the convicted criminals in UnitedStates correction facilities admitted that there were instances wherethey avoided committing a crime after realizing the victim had aweapon.
Also,gun ownership is protected by the Second Amendment to the AmericanConstitution. It stipulates that people should not be restricted frombearing the firearms which are necessary for the security of a freenation. Individuals who dispute the statement are violating theConstitution which is supposed to be respected at all costs (Spitzer,2015).In addition, the rights have been upheld by numerous court decisions.Thus the Judiciary and the Constitution should be honored by avoidingthe introduction of more control laws regarding ownership offirearms.
Gunownership helps in self-defense. Lives have been saved as a result ofpeople possessing weapons. If individuals are attacked by armedbandits, it is possible to fight back (Lott2013).It would help protect one’s life and that of other family membersin addition to other persons who might be within and need cover. Inthe absence of the weapon due to the control laws would have resultedin several lives being claimed. Reports by the National RifleAssociation (NRA), weapons have been used more than 2.5milion timesfor self-defense purposes in past years. The argument here is thatthe federal police cannot be literary everywhere protecting everyAmerican citizen, so people need weapons. The right to self-defenseis a natural right that has its roots in the right to life. Eightypercent of both male and female citizens stated that they felt betterand safer while in possession of a firearm. One of the appropriateways of stopping a wicked person with a gun is a noble individualwith a similar weapon.
However,the issue of self-defense can be challenged. Research shows thatpossessing a gun at home increases the chance of killing closerelatives, friends or neighbors more than an intruder. Thus thenotion of self-defense should not be applied to resist theimplementation of the control statutes (Siegelet al., 2013).The United States military protects the citizens from invasions orthreats from other countries. The federal police are in all states ofthe country ensuring the safety of all. Thus no one should have a gunciting that it is for self-defense.
Theissue opposes my belief since I initially thought that guns were notideal to people’s life. I came to realize that possession offirearms would help people live a comfortable life without fear. Myinitial thinking had been influenced by the fact that guns were beingused for the wrongful purposes like killing people on the streets andcommitting robbery at will. However, I came to realize thatpossessing a firearm is ideal and can be used positively for securitypurposes. If the control laws on guns are upheld, it will affect mypersonal situation since it would make me feel insecure that I do nothave a tool for self-defense. Just like other Americans, I need themin an attempt to protect my family members and other persons whomight require security. There is a false belief that guns are harmfulto people. The argument is not true since they benefit individualswho have them because they use them against those who intend to harmor destroy their properties. The fact that the Second Amendmentproposed the use of the firearms have made me have a strong beliefand come to a conclusion that they are appropriate in safeguardingthe Americans.
Conclusively,there should be no strict additional laws regulating possession offirearms in the United States. Having these weapons in homesteadshelp curb criminals since it is difficult for bandits to attack one’sterritory at ease. Most of these invaders do not have an idea whetherthe owner of the house or business is armed. Guns also help inself-defense since it is not possible for the police to cover allcitizens at the same time hence people need to protect themselves.Finally, introducing control rules would violate the SecondAmendments to the U.S Constitution.
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