Last year, then-Republican candidate Carly Fiorina claimed that states with strict gun laws had “the highest gun crime rate in the nation” (Robertson, 2015). The following month, President Barack Obama stated that states with stricter gun laws “tend to have the fewest gun deaths” (Robertson, 2015). The West might have been won with a Smith & Wesson, but in our modern society guns are the subject of much debate. While some groups push for fewer guns and more gun control, others insist that increased gun control leads to increased crime. Both sides cite statistics in support of their views, yet experts who have reviewed the same data have concluded that the data is inconclusive. The contenders on both sides don’t ever address the other factors that contribute to crime, such as poverty, racial tensions, a strained and overworked police force, and the deterioration of family social structure. As a nation, we need to move beyond the never-ending debate over gun control. We need to work out a compromise that will help law enforcement put a stop to these terrible mass shootings while preserving Second Amendment rights.
The matter of gun control has become an increasingly controversial issue. Whenever, a nationalized tragedy ensues that involves gun violence, the question on what to accomplish regarding America’s gun control takes center stage. While exploring this topic, this essay will attempt to discuss the circumstances that prohibit a person from possessing firearms, also regulations to prevent these persons from possessing firearms. Upon reflecting on the personal side of the gun control debate, stricter gun control begins to infringe upon our rights, as citizens and they should concentrate on enforcing the current laws in the books, instead of making additional laws.
Weapons have been a big problem to the United States for many years now. People have access to many weapons just as easy as the US Military does. The people of the US can both go to a gun store and buy a weapon at the age of sixteen, or they can make a deal with anyone in the streets of the US. Because of the accessibility to weapons, Americans can cause collateral damage in the neighborhood they live in. They can also commit robbery, or go anywhere and start shooting.
In the United States of America the right to bear arms gave birth to a phenomenon called the “gun culture,” the term coined in 1970 by a historian Richard Hofstadter, which describes America’s heritage and affection for weapons(1). Not only did gun culture become an inseparable part of American democracy, but also it is considered to be synonymous with independence and freedom, the most important values for American society. Even though the crime rate and murder rate in the U.S. is higher than in any other developed country, U.S. citizens oppose every attempt made to pass gun control legislation(2). However, it may sound like a paradox, but the crime level in the most liberal states, when it comes to gun ownership, is the lowest in the
Gun control has been a debated, revisited and revised issue for more than a century in the United States. Recently, after several mass shootings in the United States, gun violence issues are; yet again, renewed and in the forefront for the United States. This paper will consist of insight on gun violence in the United States and the newly imposed gun control policies by President Obama; along with, the arguments for and against the new policies and what roles both the formal and informal actors have played in the resolve of this; once again, disturbing issue.
Imagine this: you are in World History class at your high school almost falling asleep learning about Ancient China. It is a normal day for you and your classmates, until you hear an announcement from the principal. You expect the typical lockdown drill, but this situation is far from typical. A man with a gun breaks into your school. BANG! Several of your classmates are killed before this man can be controlled. You survive, but live the rest of your life thinking back to that day and wonder if you could’ve done anything differently. What you should be asking yourself is how did this crazy man get a gun? Although this situation is hypothetical, it has occurred several times in the United States. This is due to the loose gun laws of the United States. The Second Amendment protects the right for all citizens to have guns to form militias and fight against a tyrannical government. While this was built into the original constitution, it is causing many unnecessary problems in the U.S. today. Also, this definition carries little weight with militias no longer existing today. The United States should reassess gun control laws, resulting in decreased gun violence, and ultimately saving countless innocent lives.
Gun control has and will always be a highly debated topic in the United States. There have been several violent tragedies in the past like the ones at Sandy Hook Elementary School, San Bernardino, California and Aurora and Columbine, Colorado involving guns; making this topic an even more highly argued topic. A large segment of American citizens feel these incidents were a direct result of not having stricter gun laws in our country. Many are calling for our government to implement stricter gun laws to ensure that events like these never happen again. Both sides of the aisle are well represented on this topic. One side wants more restrictions on attaining and the use of guns. On the other side, many feel that stricter gun control laws are
The second amendment gives people the right to own a firearm. The founding fathers might have thought a gun was the best form of protection but many years have past since then and humans have evolved. Times are different and society is different. Technology has a big impact on people and how we think and all those variables can affect people with how they react in stressful situations. We have to consider the mental stability of those in possession of the weapons, it is important to keep the weapon away from loved ones or other people, and is the law protecting those in possession of the weapons or putting lives in more danger.
Gun control is a big thing in the world today. Many Americans want it but also many don’t. There are both good reasoning’s and there are bad reasoning’s. Gun control is for our own safety but can also take our safe feelings away by knowing we won’t have a gun in hand to protect us in a real time of need. The second Amendment is commonly used when trying to set up the restrictions and rules of these gun control laws. There are a lot of regulations being set up and still are being made to “keep us safe.” Strict gun laws can be good for American citizens but they also can be life threatening in times. There is a never ending debate on gun control and Americans will always fight for their rights. The government should not be allowed to regulate the purchase on the owning of guns.
I agree that banning guns reduce the crime. We can’t keep a day without hearing about someone dying from gun shooting. It is the most violent way to kill people because it isn’t under control. How many lives we lost from the beginnings of this year? Is it enough to know who the criminal is and not to punish him for his crime? Strict gun control
The primary argument against gun control laws seems to be that supporting self-defense—in American culture, guns are seen as more of a symbol of self-defense and less as a symbol of violence. Over 6 in 10 Americans feel safer if there is a gun in their home; Dr. Nelson Lund of the George Mason University School of Law argues that “[gun control laws] interfere with the ability of law-abiding citizens to defend themselves against violent criminals” (Speiser,
Gun control is very controversial issue in the US. Gun control is one of the main political topics because people are divided on the issue , especially after many mass shootings in the past decade. However, gun control issue became less argued topic. According to Charles et al ., (2009) , “Among a long list of issues facing the American public, guns are third only to gay marriage and abortion in terms of people who report that they are ''not willing to listen to the other side.''.
Gun control in the United States usually refers to a group of laws that affect a citizen's right to own and or carry a firearm of some type. The jurisdiction of these laws is a very con topic in the United States. The citizens are passionate about both sides of the issue. This makes establishing laws very difficult because there is an abundance of information that must be considered. Gun control is a very controversial topic with a vast amount of information accompanying it.
Gun control is a really big issue in the world but it is a major issue in the U.S. There have been many incidents such as shootings and robberies. There are many sides to whether there should be a law for gun control and that there shouldn’t be. People in America are getting way to over their heads with guns, they are not safe, people can misuse them, and gun control should definitely be a thing in the U.S.
Eliot Spitzer, An American politician, once stated, “Yes, people pull the trigger, but guns are the instrument of death. Gun control is necessary, and delay means more death and horror” (Spitzer, 2012). Spitzer must have been aware of the magnitude of gun violence and the need for gun control in America. The National Rifle Association (NRA) members believe that it is their constitutional right [ 2nd Amendment] to own guns and many mention that firearms are not the root of crime in the United States. Pew Research Center, in a poll on guns, showed that approximately 40% of the United States has a firearm in their home (Desliver, 2013). The NRA also suggests that firearm ownership is not connected to criminal violence or the increase in violence.