LETHAL PROTECTION By Miranda VanCauwenberghs Professor Mark Dekle ENC 1101 Final Presentation
In America it is way to easy for anyone to own a gun. The laws are made to protect us and keep criminals awayfrom guns. But how do we stop them from walking down the street and buying a gun from their next doorneighbor? If you want to own a gun legally, you must not be a felon, unless your rights have been restored. Youcan not be a drug addict, alcoholic, you may not be mentally incompetent. If a person has been issued a finalinjunction that is currently in force and effect, restraining that person from committing acts of domestic violencethey can’t possess or use a gun. And you may not be under the age of 18, though you can use one with parentsconsent. Once you buy a handgun you have to register it with the Department of Law Enforcement, this is howthey keep track of all guns. But do you think everyone registers their guns? Do you think everyone follows thoserules? No, they don’t.
In order to get a concealed weapons permit you must be at least 21 and acitizen of the United States of America. You cannot suffer from a physicalinfirmity which prevents the safe handling of a firearm. You cannot be aconvicted felon. You cannot have been convicted of a crime of violence,committed for drug abuse or been convicted of a minor drug offense within athree year period preceding the submission of the application. You cannot beguilty even with a suspended sentence for a felony or misdemeanor crime ofdomestic violence, unless three years has elapsed since probation or therecord is sealed or expunged. You cannot be under any injunction restrainingthe applicant from acts of domestic violence or repeated acts of violence. hasnot been adjudicated an incapacitated person, unless he has waited five yearsfrom the date of his court-ordered restoration to capacity, or been committed toa mental institution, unless he possesses a psychiatrist’s certificate that he hasnot suffered from the disability for five years. You may notbe a habitual drunkard. You must demonstrate competence with a firearm by avariety of means. The last rule, you must state that your desire a legal meansto carry a concealed weapon or firearm for lawful self-defense. But that doesnot stop a criminal from carrying around their gun in the waistband of theirjeans, waiting for the prefect moment to use it?
On one side I am for guns. I think that they are great; they keep people safe when they are used byqualified people. But on the other side gun violence isa daily occurrence in America. Kids are getting a holdof guns, and innocent people are dying left and right. Firearms are responsible for over 30,896 deaths inAmerica a year that is an average of 85 deaths due to firearms each day. Homicides accounted for 41.4% percent of the deaths due to firearms, and firearms were used in 68.9% of homicides, and in 50.7% of suicides committed in the U.S. year 2006.
In Florida use of a firearm, BB gun, air or gas-operated guns, or electric weaponsor devices by a minor under the age of 16is prohibited unless the minor is under the supervision and in the presence of an adult who is acting with the consent of the minor’s parent. But still kids get ahold of guns. The law in Florida says; It isunlawful to store or leave a firearm in any place within reach or easy access of a person less than 18 years of age. I don’t know how parents can let accidents with their own guns happen to their kids, but it happens all the time. In 2007, 5.2 % ofhigh school students in the U.S. said they carried a gun in the past 30 days.
The United States of America is the land of the free, so do I think they should ban guns? No way, I think guns are great things when they are used by the right people and are used for self-defense. Guns are used 2.5 million times a year in self-defense. Law-abiding citizens use guns to defend themselves against criminals as many as 2.5 million times every year—or As many as 200,000 women use a gun every about 6,850 times a day. This means that each year,year to defend themselves against sexual firearms are used more than 80 times more often toabuse. A Research 2000 poll found that 85% protect the lives of honest citizens than to take lives.of Americans would find it appropriate for a So how do we keep guns out of the hands ofprincipal or teacher to use "a gun at school criminals? That is the question that needs to be answered. America needs to find a way to keep gunsto defend the lives of students" to stop a out of the wrong hands. school massacre. So a gun in the hand ofthe right person can keep you safe. But it isthe hands of the bad guys we need to keep them out of, and we need to do something fast. Younever know when it is going to be you whose facing the barrel of a gun. I never thought I would bethat person, but not even a year ago I was. It is that experience that changed my mind on guns andmakes me argue that guns need to be kept a closer eye on and something needs to be done tokeep them out of the hands of criminals.
WORKS CITED• Institute for Legislative Action, web page, http://www.nraila.org/gun-laws/state- laws/florida.aspx• Women Against Gun Violence, web page, http://www.wagv.org/gun-violence.php• Gun Owners of America, web page, http://gunowners.org/fs0404.htm