Onour day-to-day activities, we always come across conflicting viewsand arguments that tend to shape our ideologies on various issues.Often, people have different perspectives regarding matters such asgun control, medical marijuana, and political opinions. It means thatit would take more than mere talk to convince an individual thatone’s interpretation makes sense. The believing game is not aboutlogic leverage, rather, it delves into how arguments have asubjective dimension (Elbow, 2006). However, an individual can uselogic to strengthen an argument for or against, though they cannotuse it to prove or disapprove. Additionally, it should be noted thatan opinion or position can never be wrong since whenever people findanother reasoning point, they are forced to change their positionsuch that they align it with their minds (Elbow, 2006). Arguments andthe believing game should be encouraged in the society because itmakes conflicting opinions more fruitful. This paper tries to look atthe personal position on gun control and some of the premises Ioppose.
Therehave been controversial issues regarding the enactment of gun controllaws in the United States (U.S.). Statistically, there are about270,000,000 guns in the U.S. The culture of gun ownership isattributed to the colonial history (Procon, 2016). The United Statesfounding fathers passed the Second Amendment. However, there areconflicting opinions regarding gun ownership. My position on guncontrol laws is that the legislation should be enacted.
Someof the three premises that oppose my view on legislation of more guncontrol laws include, the Second Amendment protects the individualgun possession. Secondly, the law infringes the right to self-defenseand denies people the sense of safety. Lastly, more gun control lawsare uncalled for since relatively few people are killed as a resultof guns (Procon, 2016).
Thefirst view regarding the argument on the reliance of Second Amendmentis helpful because it shows the origin of gun ownership. If Ibelieved this reasoning, I would notice that the Founding Fathers hada huge concern for the U.S. citizens in that they wanted to ensuretheir safety and well-being. Moreover, the passage of the laws wouldmean that the government was encroaching on the Bill of Rights. Thecondition concerning the Second Amendment might be true if the armswere only used for traditional endeavors.
Thesecond premise is interesting since it illustrates the relationshipbetween self-defense and guns. Most of the time people use guns underthe pretext of self-defense. It should be noted that possession ofarms does not guarantee safety. Believing this view would mean thatowning a gun translates to the ability to defend oneself from violentcriminals. The idea of self-defense might be true if the ownership ofthe gun would only guarantee the safety of an individual againstenemy threats as evidenced by Senator Dianne Feinstein’s logic(Procon, 2016).
Thethird premise is also interesting because it tries to elaborateanother view about the leading cause of deaths. If I believe thiscon, I will notice that there are other causes of diseases such asmalignant tumors, traffic accidents, diabetes, and heart diseases,among others. The idea might be true if the causes of death arecategorized according to their numbers. It would mean that theenactment of gun control legislation would be insignificant in theU.S.
Guncontrol legislation would continue to be divisive in the U.S. becauseof the contrasting opinions. However, the advocates should ensurethat the citizens are educated on the pros and cons of gun ownershipas it informs their decision. Through the believing game, theconflicting opinions can be more fruitful in the end as sounddecisions are made.
Elbow,P. (2006). The believing game and how to make conflicting opinionsmore fruitful. Nurturingthe Peacemakers in Our Students: A Guide to Teaching Peace, Empathy,and Understanding,16-25.
Procon.(2016). GunControl – ProCon.org.Gun-control.procon.org.Retrieved 17 January 2017, from http://gun-control.procon.org/