Maybe it’s time to control the guns

Maybe it’s time to control the guns

By Jolyn Garcia Posted February 6, 2013

The second amendment states that the people of the United States shall have the right to bear arms and that this right shall not be infringed. In the hundreds of years after the second amendment was ratified, there have been many horrific incidents that involved the use of guns. Many of the incidents that have gained the most publicity are school shootings.

These events have caused a large portion of U.S. citizens to demand stricter gun control laws. The most recent attempt at controlling the growing gun problem in the U.S. is limiting the number of bullets a clip can hold. By limiting this, citizens hope that the number of deaths caused by shootings will decrease. But some argue that this may be considered a violation of the Constitution.

I believe that if you own a gun and are able to put bullets into that weapon, your civil right to bear arms has not been violated. Guns are still within your possession. Many people who are using clips in their rifles are shooting at non-moving targets. I doubt that your target will sprout legs and leave in the time it takes you to reload your clip.

Others may argue that having a gun in the home makes one feel secure and will indeed make your home safer. If there is a burglar in your home you could reach for that handgun hidden next to your bed before going to confront him. But what if the thief had already discovered where you keep your guns and uses them against you? The tables have turned. According to, owning a gun has been linked to higher risks of homicide, suicide, and accidental death by gun.

I am not against people in the United States owning guns, but I am for having more regulation on gun ownership. Some may view owning over five firearms as excessive; the zombie apocalypse is not a threat anymore and never was. But the threat of more gun-related accidents could be hiding in a bed-side drawer.