Do rights trump potential risk? Yes.

Reilly McCann, Staff Reporter

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. To about 35% of Americans these words are sacred and comforting, but some people want to take away that comfort by deciding what guns we can own.

The president and his administration are proposing new gun control law. They would like to see the background checking system strengthened and unified among the states, a repeal of the gun show loophole, banning of high capacity magazines and military assault rifles.

The gun show loophole allows anyone to buy, sell, or trade firearms without a dealer’s license or without a background check. I agree with this because people who own or purchase firearms need to be law abiding citizens and in a sane mind. The loophole allows anyone with cash to walk in purchase a firearm.

The banning of military style rifles and high capacity magazines, however, this is unconstitutional. Though, I never plan on owning an assault rifle or the high capacity magazines to go with it in no way shape or form is the government going to tell what I can own.

“These combined serve one purpose and one purpose only to fire as many rounds as possible” President Obama said. Yes Mr. President, the purpose is to shoot a lot of bullets very fast, but not at people.

Many people are involved in competition shooting. When people compete in these events they like to be able to modify their rifles, which is limited when using traditional rifles.

Gun owners feel that the traditional rifle is not as intimidating as it used to be. Therefore, people feel safer when they have a military looking rifle to scare off criminals.

Are citizens allowed to make racist or demeaning remarks to another person? Yes. Should they? No. But the point I’m trying to make is the First Amendment protects our freedom of speech. The Second Amendment states that our right to bear arms is not to be infringed upon. So Uncle Sam, keep your hands off.

The weapons that President Obama is referring to are the same calibers and have the exact same function of  hunting style rifles. Anyone 18 and over can go buy a Browning .22 caliber semi automatic that holds 10 shots and looks just like a hunting rifle.

If this ban gets passed we would also have to ban Hummers from driving on the road, as citizens do not need to have the equipment that the military has.  I agree that there needs to be reform in gun control, but not to the extent that the president and his administration are recommending.