In 1939, Germany established gun control. From 1939 to 1945, six million Jews and seven million others unable to defend themselves had their lives taken away.  Could this outcome have changed if the Jews were armed with guns? Could thirteen million innocent lives have been saved? Does taking away firearms help someone in a situation like this? Many pro gun-control citizens believe that banning firearms will make them safer and some even protest. For reasons of self-defense, to assist the police, and because violence will always be present, the United States’ law regarding the legality of firearms should stay in place.
Dr. Reid Meloy gives the author his opinion on the mental health issue behind the national gun control debate. Dr. Meloy believes that mental illnesses cannot and should not be the excuse for gun violence. He is a noted psychologist who has written books and worked for the FBI and CIA, so I believe he is extremely reliable. Also, this blog was posted in February of 2015, so it is more recent than other articles I’ve read about my topic. I used the interview with Dr Meloy in my argument and rebuttal of the mental health issue behind this controversy. This man seems to be extremely educated which legitimizes my
In today’s society, one of the most alienating issues in American politics is gun control. More specifically, the issue is whether or not guns should be banned in the United States. Some people would say that guns should be banned because it would reduce crime as a whole and keep citizens safer. These people, enthusiasts of stricter gun laws, fear being safe in their country where there are so many people who have access to guns. Opponents of this argument, however, also fear losing safety. They fear that they will not be able to protect themselves on a daily basis, or in a worse case scenario, protect themselves if the government happened to turn on citizens of the country. They would also argue that people, especially criminals, can still find ways to gain access to guns. Guns should not be banned in the United States due to them being able
Even though there are recent tragedies that happened in the country that resulted on many fatal injuries due to gun violence, gun laws are basically remains unchanged. One of recent gun law that was passed was The Brady Handgun Violence Act that was signed by President Bill Clinton in 1993 that allowed a waiting period for criminal background check that dealers must perform before selling a handgun. However, an amendment was added to this bill which replaced the waiting period with National Instant Criminal Background Check System by licenses (Vizzard, 2015). The following year, The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act became law. This law allowed ban on guns that is considered as assault weapons. However, the law has an expiration which was in 2004 and the Congress failed to renew the law (Vizzard, 2015).
The issue with implanting strict gun control regulations in our society is that people will become vulnerable targets for criminals. Criminals will continue to conduct harmful crimes, despite the laws, and law-abiding citizens won’t have the necessary weapons needed to successfully defend themselves. For instance, “59% of the burglaries in Britain, which has tough gun control laws, are ‘hot burglaries’ which are burglaries committed while the home is occupied by the owner/renter. By contrast, the U.S., with more lenient gun control laws, has a ‘hot burglary’ rate of only 13%” (“Crimes and Guns”). The implementation of gun control laws will thus increase crime rates as people will become vulnerable targets for criminals. Even though gun control
The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” (McClain and Tauber, 516). Controversy has aroused because of the interpretation of this amendment. In a modern society, the meaning of “Militia” is “a group of people who are not part of the armed forces of a country but are trained like soldiers” (“Militia”, Merriam-Webster). As a matter of fact, the debate on gun control was settled in 1791, that is over 200 years ago and a lot has changed since then. During that time, civilians were obligated to participate if their state was on battle, it was necessary for individuals to bear guns at home.
Due to the unfortunate events that have happened in the past, many people are strongly for the regulations of firearms in the United States. Even though there are occasions where firearms are used by criminals for nothing less than evil, there are still many situations where firearms have been used to stop that same kind of evil. From stopping a criminal from robbing a convenient store to from stopping a sniper from killing more people than he already has, firearms have been used for good and not for evil in more situations than not.
Have any children, nieces, or nephews? Imagine if one of them were in the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting. Horrifying incidents, happen when people defend the “right” of being able to own a gun. How about the Las Vegas Shooting, which killed fifty-nine, and injured 527 people. What about the Texas Church Shooting, where the shooter, was Devin Patrick Kelly, a former Air Force member. His background check was “clean” even when he assaulted his wife, broke his stepson’s skull, and had been discharged from the Air Force for bad conduct. This might not convince everybody about the ease to purchase a gun, because this intro has only talked about people being killed by them, so it must be hard to get guns, because these shootings don’t happen everyday. All of these shooters that caused these shootings, did not have a license or permit when purchasing these firearms. That’s how Stephen Paddock was found with 23 firearms inside of his hotel room, where the shooting came from. The three of these men, all could’ve been suspected to be planning something, but they still got their firearms, because of
In 2017 alone, approximately 16,000 people were killed by firearms in the United States, a three percent increase from last year (Wolf). Gun control in the United States has been an issue for many years regarding the most logical way to make guns less of the threat to civilians. Many argue for a complete ban on any and all guns while many others believe in stricter regulations and background checks to ensure only those who should have a gun can get one. The issue of gun control in the United States should be addressed in a way that will actually see change as well as keep people safe.
Justin Cronin’s “Confessions of a Liberal Gun Owner” is a dynamic op-ed explaining his social and political dilemma of being an armed leftist. Residing in Texas, he is not arguing to outlaw guns, but rather regulate the accessibility of guns. The author is a self-described devout democrat, but explains his reasoning and logic behind his right to bear arms. He effectively defends his use of the second amendment and the need for regulation by the use of his personal anecdotes that served as a counterargument.
There is much controversy over whether or not to make the owning of guns illegal. While some think that doing this would bring an end to monstrous events, previously taken place, many others believe that this law would make the country more dangerous. My claim that making guns illegal would bring more chaos to the country, causing underground transactions including weapons to take place, and criminals who plan to commit such horrible crimes will find a way to get gun even if it is made illegal, is supported by logical evidence.
The use of and the owning of guns is a very hot and debated topic in society today. For many, this is a life and death debate due to the recent and numerous school shootings. These school shootings have caused an outcry for more gun control, specifically in relation to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Despite these calls, increased gun control is not the answer. Most gun owners’ use their guns responsibly and for good purposes. Gun control also limits our constitutionally derived right to own firearms. If gun control is enforced, law-abiding citizens will be forced to give up their guns and their right to own guns, while many criminals who own guns may illegally keep theirs. As the saying goes “If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.” Guns are an important aspect of our society in many ways. They allow for protection, recreation, and hunting. They also do not have as many negative effects as some claim. The right to own firearms is a constitutional right that is important and needs to be upheld.
Everyday in the United States, ninety families are changed forever; guns claim an average of ninety lives every day in the United States, 33,000 lives in a single year. Gun control has been a debate in the United States for many years and is constantly thrusted back into the public’s attention by horrific shootings. These shootings constantly cause individuals to petition the government to place stricter and stricter regulations of guns. However, these policies cannot be the solution to this problem. To determine a solution that will be both effective and constitutional, we must look at statistics and research that has been conducted to determine the best course of action. Instead of banning or limiting guns, the evidence will show that removing the current restrictions and targeting individuals instead of guns will be a more effective process.
The big issue of gun control in the United States, is that many people believe that it takes away the 2nd Amendment rights, which is the right to bear arms. Citizens of the United States are promised the the right to bear arms in the Constitution, and by applying gun control laws takes away that same right. Crime is high enough in cities with very few laws pertaining to gun control, but taking guns away from people who are registered with license will not solve the problem either. Placing more limitations on gun owners, particularly responsible gun owners, will not reduce gun violence. Although there are rules and regulations already in place there still is a lot of crime occurring, because laws on gun