On April 20, 1999, what is quite possibly the worst school shooting ever to occur in the United States took place at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado. Around 11:30 in the morning, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold moved from the hallway, to the library, to a science class, to the cafeteria killing students as they went, and then finally ending up in the main office where the killing spree finally ended with both killers taking their own lives. In a period of about fifteen minutes two gunmen who were also students at the school opened fire killing 13 of their peers and wounding 21 more, all with two firearms owned by their parents. After the investigation, it became apparent that these two boys suffered from many things including depression and that they had hoped to take many more lives. But the question remains that if the gun wasn’t in their house, would this horror have ever taken place? Is it time stronger gun control legislation?
“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.” Of course this is none other than the second amendment to the Constitution, spelled out for every single American in the Bill of Rights. For right now, let’s focus only on the second half of it : “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” It has been clearly laid out by our founding fathers that every citizen has the inherent right to bear arms – to own guns. There is not a single person or organization, including the government, that has the ability to take this Constitutional right away from us. Gun control laws that are being lobbied for would clearly violate this amendment.
Stronger gun control legislation would also infringe on recreational sportsman, namely hunters. The point of stronger gun control legislation is to keep guns out of the wrong hands, but it is im