Earlier today, I used this speech to open up a debate about gun control. My motive was to set the precedent that we can make agreements from both sides on gun control, like universal background checks, while remembering the inherent truths that the 2nd amendment holds about human nature.
“The second amendment is predicated on the individual’s right to self preservation. Forfeiting the right to protect yourself means relying on someone else to do it for you. Why would we give the right to protect ourselves to a centralized authority the left claims to be institutionally racist, bigoted, and generally oppressive? You need to have a gun to point at the government when they have one pointed directly at you. Aside from revolution, self preservation still has a place, even in modern America. The second amendment is exactly for the single mother living in a rough neighborhood who needs to protect herself on her walk home from her night shift at work. Many restrictions on guns are counter-productive and punish law abiding citizens. For example, localities like Chicago and Washington D.C. have high gun restrictions but high homicide rates, while states with few gun restrictions like Vermont and New Hampshire have extremely low rates of gun homicide. Without your right to self preservation, will you really feel more safe? Ben Franklin once said: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.””