Hi I am writing a college essay on something regarding violence. I am interested in guns/gun rights and think it would be easy. He wants us to focus on something and he think gun rights is way too broad. He suggested something like the mentally ill having gun rights.
Do you guys have any ideas? Preferably interesting with a lot of research or details of it?
I will award 10 points thanks!!
IM OPEN TO OTHER IDEAS THAT DONT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH GUN RIGHTS! So any suggestions!
IM OPEN TO OTHER IDEAS THAT DONT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH GUN RIGHTS! So any suggestions!

Recently, there was an article about blind people being given gun permits. I’ve linked to it.

I think this is a great segway to launch into how people cannot be denied their fundamental rights, such as gun ownership, even though common sense should dictate otherwise.

You should reference how the 5th Amendment does indeed allow our liberties, such as gun ownership, to be taken away, but only after due process of law. And since being blind is not a crime, there is no constitutional basis to take a disabled person’s rights away.

Good luck.

 

5 Responses to “What is a unique aspect of gun rights for an essay?”

  1. Uncle Pennybags says:

    Recently, there was an article about blind people being given gun permits. I’ve linked to it.

    I think this is a great segway to launch into how people cannot be denied their fundamental rights, such as gun ownership, even though common sense should dictate otherwise.

    You should reference how the 5th Amendment does indeed allow our liberties, such as gun ownership, to be taken away, but only after due process of law. And since being blind is not a crime, there is no constitutional basis to take a disabled person’s rights away.

    Good luck.
    References :
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2013/09/16/dont-expect-iowa-to-revoke-gun-permits-for-the-blind-its-not-even-the-only-state-that-offers-them/

  2. Cantankerous says:

    You could examine the reasoning behind why laws are more tolerant of people carrying concealed than they are of people carrying openly.

    Logic would suggest that people would want to know if someone else is carrying, not the opposite. I would think that if you had a second amendment right to carry, it would not translate to carrying concealed.
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  3. ornery and mean says:

    The mentally ill having guns could be a pretty deep subject if you approach it right.

    Which is more important in our society today, the right of the mentally ill to doctor/patient confidentiality, or the ability keep the violent mentally ill from buying guns "legally"?

    Only a small portion of the mentally ill are violent, but as we have seen when these people commit mass shootings (Lanza, Loughner, Wong, Cho, etc) a lot of people are hurt, killed or traumatized! Could a law be crafted that protects the public from violent mentally ill people and still maintains the doctor/patient confidentiality?

    Other possibilities, when confronted with an armed criminal, is there a way for a single victim to defend themselves without access to the same type of tools the criminal is using?

    As for the "concealed vs open carry question" I believe that concealed carry is better. The people that would rather not be confronted with guns in society are not forced to see them, and the gun owner still has the protection they want. Some people think that open carry could be viewed as a "challenge" to other people in the are, others (myself included) think that open carry might cause people to target the gun owner for violence.

    Should people that store their guns negligently or shoot recklessly face criminal charges when their bad decision causes injury or death to a person or property damage?

    Should criminals that use firearms to commit their crime face harsher sentences than other criminals?
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  4. Difdi says:

    One thing that might be interesting to write about is how gun rights have the same degree of protection in constitutional terms as the right to freedom of expression, and yet many people who would be on the verge of armed revolt if freedom of expression were infringed upon at all see nothing wrong with infringing on the equally-protected right to keep and bear arms.

    What other constitutional right can you name that you have to have a license, pass a background check, and often pay a fee to exercise?
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  5. arnie says:

    We don’t need gun control we need to do more so we would not need guns to protect ourselves..
    The bad guys prefer unarmed victims!!.
    When seconds matter calling 911 and asking the bad guy to wait is not a viable option.

    Better to have a gun and not need it than to need it and not have it!!!
    **Police do not protect you from crime, they usually just investigate the crime after it happens.**
    @

    “We are told NOT to judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few fanatics."
    But…..

    We are encouraged TO judge ALL gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics”
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