The recent shooting incident in Newtown, Connecticut at the Sandy Hook

Elementary School shook the entire nation and the world to the core.
Firmin Debrabander, in the article “The Freedom of an Armed Society”
introduces another perspective of looking at the incident: the issue of
gun rights. He notes that gun rights advocates may use this incident to
press for elimination of restrictions to gun ownership. This is
especially considering that, the shooting incident could have been
prevented, or at least its magnitude reduced had the teachers and other
members of public been allowed to have guns (Debrabander, 7). These
organizations opine that individual gun ownership is the ultimate
guarantee of America`s enduring liberty. Debrabander notes that this
statement is fallacious as guns censure freedom of speech, which is
fundamental to democracy. In addition, he challenges the statement by
guns rights advocates that restrictions on gun ownership are indicators
of despotism by the central government (Debrabander, 17). He states that
the gun ownership results in a fragmented citizenry and extreme
individualism.
Debrabander addresses a contentious issue in the American fabric. As
much as there may be some advantages to reduced control of gun
ownership, restrictions on the same are more advantageous. Restrictions
would allow for background check of individuals applying for guns,
thereby ensuring that the guns do not fall in the hands of criminals
(Valdez, 23). On the same note, it would allow for a reduction in crime.
Studies done in 2008 revealed that 67% of the 16,272 murders (10,886)
committed in the U.S in 2008 were done using firearms (Valdez, 34). This
is the same case for other crimes such as robbery, rape, aggravated
assaults and sexual assaults (Valdez, 36). As much as other studies have
proved that criminals may be deterred or cease to strike in instances
where their victims have guns, it is imperative that their possession is
restricted (Roleff, 23).
Works cited
Debrabander, Firmin. The Freedom of an Armed Society. The New York
Times, 2012 web retrieved 20th December 2012 from HYPERLINK
“http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/16/the-freedom-of-an-armed
-society/”
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/16/the-freedom-of-an-armed-
society/
Roleff, Tamara L. Gun Control: Opposing Viewpoints. San Diego, Calif:
Greenhaven Press, 1997. Print.
Valdez, Angela. Gun Control. Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers,
2003. Print
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