Fewer Gun Free Zones

Divya Patel
Ocala Star-Banner
August 24, 2017

The Star-Banner published an article about Adam Putnam allowing guns on college campuses and letting residents carry around guns freely. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is the main GOP candidate for governor of Florida. On Tuesday, he said that there should be fewer “gun free zones” in the state. Putnam manages the office that processes concealed weapon permits.

According to the natural rights philosophy, we have the right to bear arms and the government can’t infringe those rights. As citizens of the United States, we need to think about the outcome if we are allowed to carry guns on college campuses. College students who have a permit will start to carry around guns when they attend classes. People do have the right to bear arms in the United States, but that doesn’t mean we have to carry guns on us at all times. The Second Amendment already gives us the right to defend ourselves, the state, and others in the U.S. if we are in danger.

What if college students around me bring guns on campuses? I am most likely going to be afraid to sit by them in class. According to the Second Amendment, we also have the right to keep and bear arms. Why do we need to bring them on college campuses? Students should not have the right to bring them on campuses while they’re trying to attend and get an education. As well as professors, they should not be allowed to bring guns if they are trying to teach the students. Campuses are not meant for us to bring guns. I also don’t like the fact that Putnam supports letting residents carry guns around freely. People will take disadvantage of this type of freedom and crimes will be committed.

What are the basic ideas and arguments set forth in the Declaration of Independence?

The basic ideas and arguments set forth in the Declaration of Independence are natural rights, human equality, government by consent, “A long of Train of Abuses”, and right of revolution. The Declaration of Independence is a prime example of ideas and complaints of colonists about British rule.

According to the natural rights philosophy, the people have the right to abolish the government that tries to take away their natural rights.  Human equality is where everyone is politically equal unless they sign an agreement to have the right to rule equal civic members. Colonists consented to be governed by British law as long as their rights to “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness” were protected.

The British King George III violated the compact and repeatedly deprived the rights of the colonists.  Therefore, the colonists had the right to withdraw and create their government.  Some people may think the Declaration of independence doesn’t matter. The Declaration of Independence is significant to

American people because it shaped our government and led to our independence. Those who are committed to politics should know the true history behind the Declaration of Independence. It did not just give us independence, but also set up the government that we have today.


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