With all of the mass shootings around the country recently, the issue of gun control has become more relevant over the past five years. Since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, there have been over 1500 mass shootings inside of the United States according to the Gun Violence Archive. There still remains two sides to the argument, those that want to change the current restrictions and those that believe that changing restrictions will not change anything. I believe that changing the restrictions will not change much. The problem will not be solved by taking guns away from people who are registered and licensed to carry them.
The first reason I do not want to change restrictions is that gun ownership deters crime not gun control laws. When there was a restriction/ban put on assault rifles, there was no significant drop in the murder rate. Whenever states passed the law to conceal carry a weapon, the number of multiple-victim shootings declined by 84 percent. These rates are going down because people feel as if they can protect themselves and criminals are aware of the potential for immediate retaliation from another firearm. Another way to examine gun restrictions is to look at our neighbor, Mexico. Mexico has only one store where one may buy a gun yet Mexicans still own 5,000,000 guns or about 13.5 guns per 100 people. Just because you put on more restrictions, is do not mean that people will stop possessing guns. Lastly, greater restrictions deny people a
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Gun control has been a long debate to determine if it’s better to have stricter access to firearms. America is one of the few countries that has gun rights embedded in their constitution. But what makes the US exceptional is that it has the right to keep and bear arms, other countries do not provide the right to have access to them, but rather, the government is allowed to regulate its use. The right to bear arms has also been the cause of growing violence and crime, at least according to anti-gun lobbyists. Citizens should be aware the dangers and harm that guns present to society. Controlling the sale of firearms can greatly decrease the number of violent crimes.
According to Nicholas Kristof’s article “our blind spot about guns” gun control is a lot like cars regulation such that if we can regulate cars we can regulate guns. It took a lot of time and effort but thanks to regulations cars are safer than they were many years ago, and the same is very possible with guns. We need to keep our country safe. The first steps to gun control are improving on background checks and also requiring trigger locks on all guns.
Gun control has raised various debates in the public policy for quite a long time. Gun control involves the banning of ownership of some or all types of firearms, waiting period and the so called ban on Saturday night specials. These gun control laws have not been useful in combating crimes as many studies conducted before and after the laws have shown no correlation. In most cases there are misconceptions like high death rates in children related to the gun associated accident and the effectiveness of these control laws in other countries which are false. Indeed gun ownership has contributed to significant decline in the crime rates and therefore gun laws should be changed to make it easier for Americans to purchase handguns, carry them
In the course of history gun control and mass shootings has always been an issue, but much too often, history has been being made. Gun control is an understatement for what actually is being implemented. The process to get a gun, for example, a rifle, is all too easy. Let me personally walk you through this gruesome process . First, you walk into the store, second you pick your desired weapon, third you walk to the cashier to do a background check, finally you buy the gun. The hardest part about that process was choosing the actual weapon you want. With little gun control comes more mass shootings, and with more control comes less mass shootings. Obtaining a gun is much too easy, and needs to become more strict, or even
From 1988 to 2001, the usage of anti-depressant drugs in the general public increased by four-hundred percent (Swanson). The mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary took place in December of 2012, and during 2014, firearms were used in 88 percent of teen homicides, and 41 percent of teen suicides (“Suicidal Teens”). On February 28th, 2017, the Trump administration repealed a firearms regulation that prevented mentally disabled persons from owning guns. At the same time, teenage mental illness is on the rise, specifically in cases of depression and anxiety. A report from the Surgeon General shows that over 90 percent of adolescents that committed either suicide or homicide have or had a mental disability. Mental disabilities such as depression and anxiety put teenagers at a high risk for homicides and suicides. Teenagers who are stressed due to school, lack of parenting, puberty, bullying, and other factors can develop depression, anxiety or another mental illness. Allowing these teens easy access to firearms proves time and time again to be very dangerous. In some cases, the families of these teens have never been assessed to see if they can responsibly store firearms. The only background check performed is on the owner of the firearm, meaning that a person may own the weapon even if another family member living with them legally cannot. Loose gun control laws allow families with physiologically ill children to have access to firearms, without first checking to see if the disabled children in the home are responsible enough to be around said firearms. Repealing gun control laws instated by the Obama administration will cause an increase in adolescent firearm-related homicides, suicides, and tragedies similar to the one at Sandy Hook Elementary.
Devin P. Kelley committed a mass shooting at a local Texas church. He was discharge from the Navy because he tried to kill his commanding officers. Devin P. Kelley escaped from a mental institution and was charged with domestic abuse,multiple misdemeanors and of mistreatment, neglect or cruelty to animals, and yet he was able to buy four guns legally (Rosenberg). That is the most recent example of why Americans need more gun control laws. Guns are not cool or makes you look good, they are a dangerous piece of machinery that Americans take advantage of. The average American in the right mindset should not want to own anything more than one handgun or rifle for hunting or protecting their household. Gun control reform that limits gun
Some gun owners even agree that something must be done when it comes to restrictions of who and who cannot apply for a gun. Yet, there are still gun owners who don’t believe in restrictions and feel restricting them of their guns is restricting them to defend themselves with a firearm, to me this makes no sense. They aren’t aware that if guns are completely taken out of the picture we can live where that form of defense is no longer needed. Since 1999 gun fatalities have been made more common, almost every year there has been growth. People say that gun control laws won’t stop the bad from being bad, which is true. Instead gun control should be rethought of, not improved. We need a completely new alternative way for us to live peacefully with something that could take the lives of any person at any random given
The second reason why I think that gun control will not make a change is because if evil people want to kill, they will do it; they do not need a gun. For example, the last terrorist attack that occurred in New York City just last week had absolutely nothing to do with a gun. A truck drove into a group of people, and killed eight innocent people. We cannot ban vehicles, planes, knives, or dangerous weapons. If we passed a gun control law and it will make it harder for people to purchase a gun, evil people will turn to other items to kill a large amount of people at the same time. The mass shooting that recently took place in Las Vegas was a very devastating event for many people. The man who conducted that shooting spree used automatic rifles. It seems like many people do not understand that these rifles are already banned, and they are very hard to get. The average person who wants this kind of gun cannot get it. The guns that this man used were heavy duty guns that even the military do not even use
As Americans are proud to be reside in the “land of the free,” our nation is noted to have pride of being able to own and carry a firearm. The right for Americans to bear arms is protected under the second amendment of the United States Constitution. However, this privilege has been taken advantaged of in the recent years. Unfortunately, more than 31,000 Americans die from gunshot wounds(1). Americans wake up to devastating news in relation to gun violence on their tv screen more frequently than before. Even when the United States is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, there is still so many casualties in relation to gun violence(2). These unfortunate deaths raise the question of whether Americans should be restricted from owning firearms. In the United States, the right to own a gun should not be banned and abolished, but be looked into carefully to decrease the mortality rate by guns.
Can you imagine waking up at three in the morning to the sound of your front door being kicked in, and police swarming in to your home, on a mission to remove all your legally obtained firearms, while ripping your house apart? I can’t, but that is what it seems like NRA activists imagine happening at the mere mention of gun control. Those two words seem to ignite the same “fight or flight” reaction as the boogie man to all my fellow gun-toting Americans. However, I believe that there is a way to bring those for and against gun control to a common ground by improving background checks, restricting gun shows, and banning semi-automatic rifles.
From School shootings to Movie theaters and concerts, we the people of the United States have noticed tremendous amounts Massacres going on in our country. All of this violence raises many big questions and plenty of controversy in our country: Do we need a ban or some sort of control on guns? Many people like to argue that this violates their rights and the second amendment of the U.S. constitution telling us that the people have the right to bear arms. Many people like to argue that guns don’t kill people, but that people kill people. In the past year there has been 372 mass shootings in 2015 in the U.S. Approximately 33,636 deaths due to firearms each year. Many other countries do not have a big issue on homicides due to
Unfortunately, these types of mass shootings happen all across the United States and are becoming fairly common now. As shootings happen more and more, and gun death rates rise, gun control has become a controversial and highly debated issue in America. People in favor of gun control argue that stricter laws are needed to make it harder for criminals to obtain weapons. On the other hand, others argue that the Second Amendment gives us the right to have firearms to protect themselves. Gun control laws should be stricter to help significantly decrease the number of gun related deaths, making a safer environment without infringing the Second Amendment.
Proponents of more gun control laws believe the gun laws should be stricter than they are now or that guns should be banned all together. They argue that the second amendment was created militias; that gun violence would be reduced; and that gun restrictions have always existed. I don’t understand how banning firearms all together would help anything. The people that use guns for evil don’t care about laws and would still acquire guns illegally, that’s why they’re called criminals. If guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns. When a law-abiding citizen gets in the criminal’s way would have nothing to defend themselves. Kevin Neal, the shooter in California, acquired a
The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil man and evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil. The second amendment is to protect the right of the people to keep and bear arms. According to the data, as the number of guns increased, the gun violence decreased since 1990s. This happens because during 20 century, people had different mind and they were alcked of sense of security. But now the society has changed. Although there are criminals existed, there are more good people, therefor gun control don’t need to be stricter. There were people died because of guns, but a lot of them were suicides, so there should not be more gun control or banning guns because guns can protect innocent people, guns are just tools and gun control will not control the criminals.
The right to bear arms has been around since the beginning of our great nation and has not changed very much over the last couple of centuries. In 2015 there were 595,930 deaths caused by cancer in the United States (“Number of Deaths for Leading Causes of Deaths”). Did you know that compared to the astronomical number of cancer deaths, there were only 13,286 gun-related deaths in the United States in the same year (“Guns in the US: The Statistics Behind the Violence”)? There are a copious amount of people who would hope that those statistics were switched so that they would have an easier way of changing our right; to where the government controls and regulates our right to bear arms. Many of the people that have tried to change our right have been actors, celebrities, news stations, and many other left wing liberals. If we were to adopt this way of thinking, our country would plummet quickly. Our right to bear arms is an unalienable right that is not to be infringed upon. One of the main arguments of our second amendment is if there is regulated gun control from our government; this could have a very negative effect. We often hear arguments about The Second Amendment’s actual intent, law cases, and shootings.