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  • The United States is well known for its love of guns.

  • With more guns per resident than any other country on earth, the US also suffers from the highest number of gun deaths per capita.

  • So, why does America love guns so much?

  • Well, the basis for the US’s gun policy is the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.

  • It states, "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

  • Since it was written in 1791, gun control laws have been narrowed down, and varied from state to state.

  • However, America’s love of guns still comes from their early history.

  • The founding fathers understood that in most conflicts, the more powerfully armed force usually wins.

  • The Second Amendment was intended to fight tyrannical oppression, defend against invaders, and guarantee the right to self-defense.

  • The right to self defense is actually found in the British common law on which the founders based much of the constitution.

  • Inherent in America’s birth is the idea that freedom and liberty must be defended with force.

  • Today, although the political and military situation has changed, many Americans continue to associate freedom with gun ownership.

  • Pro-gun advocates, such as the National Rifle Association, argue that guns allow people to protect themselves against criminals with guns.

  • It’s argued that since guns are so ubiquitous, gun control laws would only prevent law abiding citizens from having guns.

  • Meanwhile, criminals would ignore those laws and crime would increase.

  • A 2014 Pew study confirms that American attitudes have shifted towards gun ownership rights instead of gun control.

  • This suggests that people believe it is safer to have guns for protection than to limit gun ownership.

  • The most repeated argument for associating freedom and guns, is that the United States government was intended to exist only at the whim of its citizens.

  • In 1946, a town in Tennessee led an armed revolt against the police and sheriff. He had restricted their voting rights, unlawfully jailed and fined citizens for profit, and rigged an election.

  • As it says in the declaration of independence "whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it".

  • It's argued that the Second Amendment is supposed to guarantee the people’s ability to actually get that done.

  • Still, despite the potential freedom from tyranny, conflicting studies can’t seem to determine whether or not gun controls actually lower violent crime.

  • However, researchers at Harvard determined that in nearly every case, more guns equals more homicides.

  • In the US, children are 17 times more likely to be murdered with a firearm than in other countries.

  • Still, it is doubtful that Americans will ever transition away from conflating guns and freedom.

  • Europe has a very different relationship with guns than the United States, but do the gun control laws there really work? Well, check out our video.

  • In other places, like Lithuania and Romania, few civilians own firearms because at one point they were part of the Soviet Union, which had extremely strict gun laws.

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The United States is well known for its love of guns.

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Why Does America Love Guns?

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    鄭小鬼 posted on 2021/07/30
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