Argumentative Essay Gun Control

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English 101
Argumentative/Persuasive Essay
4/12/2013
Word Count 1,255
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There are new proposed gun control laws in the aftermath of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut that occurred on December 14th, 2012. This incident claimed the lives of twenty 1st graders and six adults and has set the government in motion to try to prevent future acts of violence by strengthening gun control laws in the United States (Smith). This has been a topic that has been an extremely emotional debate with people on both sides unwilling to compromise. Gun advocates and critics of the new proposed gun laws argue that these new laws infringe on our constitutional
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When it comes to guns owned by private citizens, there are weapons that are suitable for protection and weapons that are suitable for sport. Guns such as the AR-15 assault rifle are designed for the “quick and efficient massacre of human beings.” The same applies to large capacity ammunition magazines. Why should the average citizen need this kind of weapon or magazines that can hold thirty or even one hundred rounds (Graves)? The AR-15 was used in the recent massacre in Newton, Connecticut in December 2012 and was also used in the Colorado theater shooting in July 2012 (Smith).
During a recent speech this month in Colorado, President Barack Obama brought up the fact that there are “well organized” and “well financed” gun advocates that are installing fear in the public of what these new proposals mean (Jackson). Some people feel that these new laws are breaching on our constitutional right as Americans to bear arms, when in fact, the new proposed gun control laws do not prohibit law-abiding citizens from owning firearms. They hopefully will decrease the number of weapons that fall into the hands of criminals, as well as the mentally ill, and decrease violent crime in the United States (Rampton). Obama stated that he respects the Second Amendment and that his proposals for new gun control laws do not involve gun registration or confiscation (Jackson).
At the recent memorial in Connecticut

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