Persuasive Essay Against Gun Control

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Everyone has a friend that is a gun nut. Most people get the wrong idea of guns due to the many various sources of media in today's society. Even though people think guns kill people, gun control is a bad idea because the less guns in public hands, the more crime there is; and if there are bans on guns, cop’s lives will be in danger and they will not be able to effectively protect the public. First, many people throughout the world have a strong belief that banning guns is going to solve the problem. The theory is that, once there are no guns allowed, people are not going to commit a violent crime with a gun. They do not want to just ban the already technically-illegal guns, they want to ban them all. This would mean no more hand guns and no more hunting rifles. In the article, “Its time To Ban Guns. Yes, All of them,” Phoebe Maltz Bovy writes that it is basically easier to ban all guns, since you cannot sort the population into those who will commit a violent act and those who will not. Second, Bovy used to see herself being in favor of gun control. This is still true; however, she feels that the term “gun control” tends to only refer to bans on certain weapons and closing loopholes in the system. Bovy states, “I say this not to win some sort of ideological purity contest, but because banning guns needs to become a rhetorical and conceptual possibility.” By stating this, it shows she wants the people who are terrified of guns to stand up and speak out their minds. It has been proven that homicide rates go up after there is a ban on guns. Consider the time when there was a handgun ban in England and Wales in 1997. After the ban, the rates of homicides increased. There was only one year that the homicide rate was down and that was in 2010. Banning guns is a bad idea given that this ban started twenty years ago, and there were only one year the homicide rates went down. For many people, talking about gun control tends to be a touchy subject. In the article, “Why We Can’t Talk About Gun Control” the author, James Hamblin, writes the story told by Dick Metcalf: a long-time, individual, gun rights supporter, and historian. He openly admits that the laws on the books today are ineffective due to the fact that

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