Symbol of Guns in America

I talk about the symbolism of guns in our country, how guns are used for a lot more good than bad, and why the gun bans can’t happen.

By Nik T. from Highland School in New York

                               American Creed

          America has been built on a set of values based on symbols that date back to the beginning of our independence. Ever since we’ve defeated the British in our successful attempt to break away from the tyrannical government, our constitution has held onto the second amendment dearly, American’s right to bear arms. Today we have a country with people exercising their basic human right to self preservation and self defense. The United States has the highest gun ownership, estimating 89 to 100 guns per 100 Americans, around 1 firearm per person. While it’s estimated that there are about 35,000 gun related deaths, about 67% of them are suicides. This, of course, isn’t good but it’s not as bad as the media makes it out to be. I believe a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun and, believe it or not, that happens more frequently than you might be aware of. According to the CDC, it’s estimated that between 500,000 to 3,000,000 defensive uses of firearms every single year. That number is astonishing, so is taking away the guns from law abiding citizens the answer.. probably not. Have you ever heard of a man by the name of Stephen Willeford? He is a trained NRA firearms who stopped the Sutherland Springs church shooting in Texas with his own AR-15, limiting the damage and saving many lives. Without him and his gun, everybody in that church could’ve been killed that day. Criminals, or anyone with intentions to do harm with firearms will find a way to do so. It’s like the heroin epidemic, it’s illegal and people are educated on the harm it can do but that doesn’t stop people from getting their hands on it and abusing it. Proof of this lies within cities, such as Chicago, that have high restrictions on guns, but the gun violence is one of the highest in the country. Even without guns people will find a way, we just saw innocent people in Toronto get crushed by an idiot in a van.

          Today there’s almost a whole other argument just revolving around the AR-15. Just a little side not for the people that don’t know, the “AR” stands for Armalite Rifle not assault rifle or automatic rifle, those have been illegal since 1986. Next time you make a sign to go out and protest don’t say anything about automatic weapons because you’ll look like an idiot.The AR-15 is thought to be a “weapon of war” and “military grade” when that’s just false. The gun is semi-automatic, one trigger pull, one shot comes out. Why would we send our soldiers into war with semi-automatic weapons to fight against enemies with fully automatic AK-47s. If you ban the AR-15 you might as well ban every semi automatic pistol too, they’re semi-automatic and can do just as much damage as an AR-15 and if you don’t believe me, just research the Virginia Tech shooting. There were 33 total deaths executed with two semi-automatic pistols making it more deadly than the Columbine, Sandy Hook, and Parkland shooting which were all executed with an AR-15, so why doesn’t the media ever bring that up. Because the assailant used handguns, so it’s either you ban all or nothing and unfortunately for the left, our second amendment won’t allow that to happen.

          America has staples within our constitution that has shaped us since the 1700’s that have kept our people free with rights that not many other countries have. Our right to bear arms is very symbolic to our people’s freedoms and liberty and shall never be infringed upon. 

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These responses were created by seniors in AP Language and Composition Class at Highland High School.

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