There seems to be a common misconception that gun control does not exist in the United States. However, gun control statistics indicate otherwise. By listening to some gun control advocates, you would think that contemporary American society were like the Old West, with many common citizens walking around with loaded handguns and dual holsters. While some states allow citizens to carry concealed firearms, it is illegal to do so without a concealed carry permit. Much of this can be attributed to the fact that multiple gun related crimes occur daily in every major city and countless smaller communities. Over the past 12 months the amount of news coverage these crimes have garnered has been at an all time high. After the tragic mass shootings in Colorado in last July and in Newtown, CT last December, additional laws were passed that placed further limitations on the ownership of firearms. Although not much is said about it, the fact that most states require a permit before one can own a handgun is gun control. Furthermore, few states allow people to walk around in public, while brandishing any type of fire arm, whether it is an assault rifle or an unloaded muzzle loader. The point is, gun control does exist, and until the day that advocates of the 2nd Amendment can walk freely about with whichever type of firearm they choose, they will not be happy. The same thing goes for many gun control advocates. As long as the right to bear arms exists and gun control statistics support their view, they will feel compelled to continue their battle. This is the very problem that perpetuates the dissent over gun control in America; and is also the reason that the debate will rage on for generations to come. It is a polarizing issue of which both sides are truly passionate, and each is confident that their view is the correct one. As such, neither side is willing to budge.
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