The Pros And Cons Of Gun Control

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One of the most divisive topics in the United States is gun control. Gun control debates are fought with much concern and personal feelings. Most people get the wrong idea of guns due to the many different sources of media in today's society. On one side of the spectrum there are people in support of placing more restrictions on guns, whereas the other side, there are people fighting against the stricter regulation of guns. Gun control is a bad idea because the person behind the gun is responsible for the gun's actions, the less guns in the public hands, the more crime there is, and banning guns prevents people and cops from having their own means of self-defense. 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 did 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. Additionally, 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

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