Most guns that are traced have not been used to commit violent crimes, and most guns used to commit violent crimes are never traced” (Ten Reasons Why States Should Reject ‘Assault Weapon’ and ‘Large’ Magazine Bans) Just because someone buys a gun, that does not mean that person will use it in crime. Also, some guns used in crimes have a chance to be bought from unofficial sources. Banning guns will not stop
In the past, the major gun control legislations that have been put into effect have not stopped people from obtaining firearms (Gun Control.) There have also been cases in the past where cities have attempted to ban handguns. After the ban was put into effect, murder rates tended to rise instead of drop, unlike what most people might assume. Crime rates and violence also skyrocketed after the bans were put into effect. Another problem with taking guns away, or banning them, is that the government cannot expect everyone to abide by the laws.
Guns don’t cause harm upon people, but people hurt others with anything that can cause damage. As long as there is a background check for criminal records, mental health problems and restricts guns should be allowed to be carried. For instance, when there is a school shooting people become sitting ducks and have nothing to defend themselves when facing danger. It is already guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution that gives people the right to protect themselves and could lower crime rates. In addition, the amendment has no restricts when it was created so it should be given restricts.
"If we talk about gun control after a mass shooting, it is wrong. However, we can talk about having a lot of guns after a mass shooting"(Jon Stewart). Stewart presents a former Minnesota 's Governor Jesse Ventura view of point about guns controls. Ventura explores his illogical point that many people killed by drunk drivers than people ask the car company to stop making cars. In his response, Stewart comments that "we have to strict blood alcohol limit, raise the drinking age, enforcement penalties for the drunk driver that help bring drunk driving rates down; I don 't know by 2/3 in a few decades".
Criminals are people who choose to break the law, gang violence is responsible for 48% of violent activity in the United States. ¨100% of cities with populations greater than 250,000 report gang activity.¨(Geer 1) 59% of homicides in La and 53% of homicides in chicago are caused by gang related violence. These two cities are known for their strict gun control. Advocates of gun control seem to focus more on law abiding parents and families from owning a gun yet never mention the fact that criminals are the ones misusing firearms. Criminals are careless when it comes to breaking the law but they will care if you shoot back.
Pollitt makes the remark that, “… you have to be mentally ill to commit mass murder …” (484) It’s possible if a mental illness would have been included in a background check, recent shootings may not have been able to take place. Stephen Paddock of the Las Vegas shooting was mentally ill and bought several guns himself. Like Dvorak mentions in her column for the Washington Post, “The group calls for clear standards and stronger compliance for reporting mental health issues to the National
Inc informed me that background checks are conducted to reveal if you are eligible to buy a gun or not. Things that would make you ineligible to buy a firearm are: if you were convicted of a crime that carried a sentence of more than one year, or a misdemeanor that carried a sentence of over two years, if you are a fugitive, if you are an addict, if you are diagnosed as mentally ill, if you reside in the US illegally, if you are dishonorably discharged from the military, if you had a restraining ordered issued against you, if you were convicted of domestic violence, or if you have renounced your US citizenship. Even then people could sale a gun to someone else through private transactions between citizens or could buy it at gun shows avoiding FBI background checks not to mention the illegal ways of obtaining firearms. Gun control would have to register all guns currently in
Gun control is a very popular subject in our society today. Citizens of our country do not feel safe considering the series of events that have happened in the last two decades. The term gun control is used to describe how firearms may be legally produced, sold, and used. There are laws made to regulate who may buy or own these firearms and provide requirements for registration, licensing, and carrying of concealed weapons. “While public safety is at the root of most federal, state, and local regulations, many people base their opposition to gun control on the language of the Second Amendment of the US Constitution.
I found research showing that gun control laws in their current form, are ineffective; that citizens with guns can and do discourage criminals, and that as a result, guns can afford normal citizens with the proper training a way to defend themselves. According The Chicago Tribune, there were 2966 criminal shootings in Chicago in 2015 despite the bannings of assault weapons, gun shops, and shooting ranges. This compares to 2185 criminal shootings in 2013, before gun control was enacted. The rise
Firearms, handguns especially, are the weapon of choice in the majority of these homicides. While Chicago does have a reputation for rather firm gun laws they are not as severe as they once were (Fessenden and Park, New York Times). Completely banning ownership of all handguns is not the way to go, however punishment for illegally owned handguns needs to be more severe. Right now, the punishment for illegally owning a handgun is a one year sentence (Fessenden and Park, New York Times). One year is not enough to scare people into not illegal possessing a handgun.
Problem/Issue Overview: The whole gun control issue has been a highly controversial problem in the U.S for the past couple of decades. From store robberies to school shootings when violence and guns come together the issue does not end well. The nation should act stricter on gun laws and become more aware of the outcome of allowing students to walk around with firearms on campus. The Columbine, Sandy Hook, and Virginia Tech shootings demonstrate the tragedies guns on campus lead to.