Tougher Gun Control Laws Essay

1947 Words Apr 4th, 2006 8 Pages
Do We Need Tougher Gun Control Laws? One of the most controversial issues in our society today is the topic of private gun ownership and gun control laws. This controversy has arisen mostly due to the different ways that the second constitutional amendment is interpreted. The amendment states that "a well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right to the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed" (Lott, 2000). On one side of the issue, there are those that believe that the amendment guarantees the right of individuals to possess and carry a wide variety of firearms. On the other side are those that contend that the amendment was only meant to guarantee to States the right to operate militias. …show more content…
The only thing that will reduce crime, is dealing with the crime, not the guns.
We should also take into consideration the adverse effect that gun ownership can have on crimes being committed. Guns in the hands of prospective victims of violence can deter criminal attempts, thus having a violence-reducing effect. Armed victims can also disrupt crimes, which suggest again that widespread civilian gun ownership can in certain instances deter criminals from attempting crimes in the first place. For example, a potential burglar might reconsider going through with the crime if he or she is aware that the population is armed.
In addition, probably less than one percent of all guns will ever be involved in a violent crime. The problem of criminal gun violence is concentrated within a very small subset of gun owners, indicating that increasing gun control aimed at the general population faces a serious "needle-in-the-haystack problem" and will not achieve the intended benefit (Young, 2002). Tougher gun control laws will most certainly lead to less people owning guns. It is argued that if less people own guns, then those who choose to commit suicide using a gun will be saved. However, there is no direct correlation between those who choose to commit suicide and the amount of people who choose to own a gun (Thompson, 2001). Although gun