Melly Murphy and Enoch Godwin butt heads over various topics every Tuesday.
Melly Murphy and Enoch Godwin butt heads over various topics every Tuesday.
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Tackle Tuesday: Should Gun Regulations be Harsher?


In 2021 alone over 26,000 people died due to firearms just by method of suicide and so far those numbers are only increasing. On average 5 women are killed every day in the U.S. destroying families and forever leaving a stain on what is supposed to be a safe and free nation. The problem with Americans owning a gun today is that almost anyone can own a gun with the buyer often not being background checked in order to ensure they are a law abiding citizen. In some cases, state leaders have even proposed laws for concealed firearms not requiring a license to be possessed. The obvious answer is to increase the security requirements needed to be eligible to own a weapon rather than practically handing them out to anyone who has enough cash in their pocket. In the end, no matter what side of the fence you’re on, is owning a gun really worth turning a heated argument into a murder trial?


It is clearly stated in the Bill of Rights “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep or bear Arms, shall not be infringed”. The founding fathers wrote this down so that if a tyrannical unconstitutional government was to be formed from the one they created, the people would be able to resist this government just as they had resisted the British government. As a solution to the violence issue, regulating firearms is not the solution. People who want to kill or commit crimes are going to kill regardless of whether they have a firearm or not. The better alternative would be to screen people on their mental state and have a psychiatrist determine whether or not they are fit to handle a firearm. This would allow for the United States to keep true to the Second Amendment while being a safer nation than we know it currently.

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