Arguments For Stricter Gun Control Laws In The United States

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Gun control is a very controversial topic in the United States, where the two main sides are the people opposed to gun control and the people in favor of gun control. It has been a major controversy since owning guns has come into question regarding the nation’s overall safety. It has become increasingly popular with the growing fear of terrorism, and how easy it is to attack the US. “The effect of [the Second and Fourteenth Amendments] on gun politics was the subject of landmark US Supreme Court decisions in 2008 and 2010, that right for individuals to possess guns for self-defense.” (Wikipedia.org). People are divided on what they believe about whether gun control will help or not and it is sometimes hard to tell what statements are true…show more content…
Most gun owners have guns as protection for themselves and for their families. One of the most prominent arguments for to pro gun ownership side is that guns are protection from a seemingly increasingly violent world. Also “...having guns gives [people] and least a fighting chance in the event of a burglar or home invader manages to get in.”(safewise.com). The second amendment gives people the right to own and use guns and is “...an undeniable personal freedom guaranteed by the constitution.”(openreader.org). People also “...support the rights of hunters, sport shooters, and recreational gunmen.” (openreader.org).Criminals are already breaking the law, so adding more won 't deter them. “Criminals will get hold of guns – indeed, by definition, if guns are outlawed, one becomes a criminal just by acquiring one – and leave non-criminals more vulnerable than ever.” (bigthink.com). Gun control laws do not help deter, and only slightly inconvenience them. Guns are a high trade item in the US, so there are definitely many other illegal sources. Also making strict gun laws takes power from the people. Owning and using guns is a constitutional right, and while some restrictions are reasonable, there are many that are not. Making too many, or unreasonable restrictions gives power to the government that should be the people 's. People should be better educated about firearms instead of creating harsher laws. An education…show more content…
There is a need for harsh gun control laws. Having a gun in your home makes it more dangerous, not safer, to live in. “A woman’s chances of being killed is increased 5 times if there is a gun present during a domestic issue.” (navajocodetalkers.org). The Second Amendment was addressing militias, not individual gun owners. Having more gun control will lessen the amount of gun-related deaths. Gun laws can help keep guns out of the hands of “...criminals, mentally ill individuals and children…” (openreader.org). Despite parents’ best efforts in gun safety, “...children often handle guns in the home without their parents ' knowledge.” (safewise.com). Most of the time a gun is being used, it is not used in self defense. And even when they are “...unintentional shootings are four times as common as occurrences of gun use in legitimate home defense situations.” (safewise.com). Many mass shooters gain their guns legally. There will be less suicides if guns are restricted. “Suicides and crimes of passion are higher with gun availability…” (balancedpolitics.org). The majority of violent crimes are gun-involved, which goes to show that with guns being so available, and having so few gun restrictions, murder and suicide are easier to accomplish. With the rise of terrorism, we should be making guns less accessible, and not more so. Also, with lax gun laws, people’s freedoms might be in jeopardy, for example, not being able to say their opinions in fear of upsetting someone, who owns

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