People do use guns for legitimate reasons such as protection of homes, hunting, and target shooting. Therefore they do not want to put laws in place that limit this from normal citizens. (Zimring 440) This is the hard part when making laws because citizens can easily get unhappy." Many more laws come in over the years in hope of stopping crime, but it didn’t always please the
Guns, in many people 's minds, are a very dangerous weapon and a threat, so that 's why gun laws are enforced. In 2017 gun laws in the U.S. are very hotly debated, with nongun owners saying more gun laws should be enforced gun owners saying there should not be more laws enforced, some even argue to rename gun restrictions. Gun owners say that people who are making these laws do not know what they are talking about because they have never owned a gun so they wouldn 't know that most gun owners do not use guns for violence but maybe for hunting and target practicing. But then again this could be argued by non-gun owners that the other percentage of owners that have guns do use their guns for violence. So because of this more gun laws should
Nearly 400,000 gun crimes are committed every year the united state has the highest death rate of firearm deaths (30,000 a year) (Watkins). 280 million to 300 million guns are in the hands of americans & in 2010 606 people were killed in accidental shootings 62 were children under 15 (Goldberg). The National Rifle Association (NRA) says banning assault rifles will not prevent crime (Lupica) that statement is false due to the fact that almost every crime that has gained any publicity in 2015 had a gun If you still do not believe the fact that there should be more controls on guns listen to this The following has some graphic descriptions The year is 1999 in a small high school in colorado named columbine at 11:17 AM Two Kids Named Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold planted a bomb in their school so when the bombs went off they would try to kill as many students as they could with weapons they brought to school with them 15 were killed in this tragedy and the president at the time Bill Clinton said he would change gun laws in this country that was a blatant and dirty
Another solution suggested is to look at mental health issues and "ensure accessible, high quality, culturally competent and widely accessed mental health treatment in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act" ("Gun Violence"). An additional solution proposed is everyone in America becomes educated on gun safety. This is founded on the fact that children are able to get a hold of guns and accidentally fire them. Many people have died at the hands of toddlers. In fact, "'during the first six months of this year, minors died from accidental shootings — at their own hands, or at the hands of other children or adults — at a pace of one every other day, far more than limited federal statistics indicate'" (Holley 2).
The use of this rhetorical strategy is meant to mock owners of such guns saying that gun owners are really just paranoid and have succumbed to social pressure; they don't really need these objects, they just want them. People from all walks of life don't see owning these objects as something they want, but as something they need for protection, along with the fact that people who don’t own a gun currently aren't entirely opposed to owning one in the future. Actually over half, 52%, of all non-gun owners say they are open to owning a gun some point in the near or further future. This shows that it is not “social pressure” making gun owners continue to keep their firearms, rather they would want to continue protecting their families and that other people are seeing that as a viable option for themselves. If anything, in the current political climate we are in today, there would be much more social pressure for one not to own a gun than there would be to continue owning one.
People often wonder why guns are legal for citizens to own. Guns are put to blame for much of the crime that happens in the world but it is the people that do the crime not the guns. Gun control laws have been debated about and tried to be put in place for many years in the United States. There are laws restricting some types of weapons and where weapons can be used but some people want more laws controlling all guns and some wanting to ban all guns. Many people promoting gun laws are not educated on some of the statistics and ways that guns save and protect innocent people.
In the year 2014 much debate began on gun laws and whether they should be authorized. This political fight became a disputable issue among Americans. A source at the Smithsonian said, “More Americans thought it was important to protect the right of Americans to own guns than to control gun ownership.” Most Americans believe that their gun ownership is unrelated to someone else 's gun use in crimes. Many people want strict gun control but that won 't help because mass shooters don 't follow the law; strict gun laws won 't reduce violence and the removal of guns would leave people defenseless, especially in a time where terrorism is rampant. Making gun control more strict won 't really make it harder for mass shooters.
More than 100,000 people in America are killed in murders, assaults, suicides, suicide attempts, accidents, or by police intervention. 31,537 of those people die from gun violence. Although this may seem like a relatively high number, over the past 20 years, gun sales have exploded, but homicides with firearms are down 39 percent, while “other crimes with firearms” are down 69 percent (Infowars). There may be some limitations for criminals, but there are several ways to maneuver through the gun system and for criminals to get the weapons they need. Gun control are a hot button topic in the US and is in need of a solution.
This is partially due to citizens being unaware of current statistics and conditions, as well as the fear of the government seizing guns acquired legally if certain bans are put into place. However, elections show that even among those against gun control, people do approve of some general regulations, like background checks and gun registration. Also, many approved of not allowing any past felons or anyone deemed mentally ill to own guns. No matter what the majority believes, however, the misuse of guns by unknowledgeable owners, not usually the guns themselves, endanger us. What many people do not understand is that gun control laws do not necessarily mean making guns illegal and banned from the possession of all citizens.
Out of 62 mass shootings in the U.S between 1982 and 2012, 49 of the shooters used legally obtained guns. 143 guns were possessed by the killers with about 75% obtained legally. Essentially, gun control laws ineffective. In addition, In a 1998 publication by John Lott PhD, he outlined the many benefits that concealed carry offers, including reducing crime significantly. According to Lott, there was an 8.5% reduction in homicides, 7% in aggravated assaults, 5% in rape, and 3% in robbery following the passing of gun rights or laws.
While a man from the NRA, Brian Calabrese, said self-defense is used in various ways, the thought of a panicked person with a gun during a crime is not beneficial. From my perspective, I don’t want to live in a society where the at any point in time, I should be ready to shoot a gun. The arms race which Kelly Sampson was talking about, also made me think about how different society would be if the arms race ensued. Most of society would have to adapt to the norm of owning a gun, which would force the criminals to get stronger and higher capacity firearms. In this hypothetical society, I believe there would be a much higher death and crime rate.
“John R. Lott, Jr., PhD, author of More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws, stated, ‘States with the largest increases in gun ownership also have the largest drops in violent crimes... The effect on 'shall-issue ' [concealed gun] laws on these crimes [where two or more people were killed] has been dramatic. When states passed these laws, the number of multiple-victim shootings declined by 84 percent. Deaths from these shootings plummeted on average by 90 percent and injuries by 82 percent.’” (Should More Gun...,2017) States with more gun ownership also have less violent gun crimes, therefore guns are needed to protect
One article online states that gun related violence accounts for about 30,000 to 40,000 deaths every year in America. More than half of these deaths occur due to self infliction (Keidan 48). This makes it obvious that there should be a certain amount of gun laws in place to stop people from hurting each other. However, people commonly have to use guns for self defense. One such example of this happened when four masked men went into a smoke shop.
Many groups feel the amendment should be rewritten. That it was written for a different place in history. Anti-gun groups feel guns are too easy to purchase. And requirements are not strict enough for ownership. They believe guns should be outlawed except for law enforcement.