Gun Control Violence is all around us. Students bring guns in to school and shoot classmates, employees take guns to work to shoot their bosses and even some co-workers; gun control will help prevent this kind of senseless violence. Gun control is an attempt to reduce the use of guns in violent crime by making the gun control laws stringent. Gun control laws are trying to lessen the criminal use of guns without blocking the recreational practice of guns such as target practice, hunting, and home protection. Gun control laws will reduce violent crime rate along with decreasing school violence, but spending less money on gun laws and more money on mental hospitals will help lower crime rates; of course one might argue that the Second Amendment blocks all restraints on guns but the constitution does not hinder the governments’ ability to regulate guns. With Gun control laws implemented we will see violent crime rates decrease. “Our homicide rate is 20 times the rate in England and Wales, 10 times the rate in France and Germany and is exceeded only by a few Latin American countries, notably Columbia, Mexico, and Brazil” (128-129.) Why are our homicide rates so much greater than those of European countries? The reason is that all these countries mentioned and many more all have stricter gun laws than us. Statistics show that countries with stricter gun laws have way less homicide rates. Take London, England and New York City, New York for example. In 1992 a study was carried out showing that London had an all-around higher crime rate, but New York City had 11 times the amount of homicides. In cities such as London gun control laws are very stringent while in other places like New York gun laws are way lighter. On the other hand, someone might say evidence shows that countries with the toughest gun control laws have a higher murder rate. Countries such as Japan and Australia have very strict gun control laws. Japan has possibly the most rigorous gun control laws. Nobody is allowed to have a gun, because of this crime rates with handguns should be very low; yet Japan’s crime rate after the ban of guns skyrocketed. “If a murderer intends to break a law against murder, why would he have any more respect for a law prohibiting him from possessing a gun” (133.) Again in Australia gun laws have taken away nearly all Australia’s handguns and destroyed them. Nonetheless Australia’s violent crime rates committed with a handgun are now rising. Why? Because it doesn’t matter to criminals what laws we put into place they are still going to use guns no matter what. If criminals knew people were allowed to carry around concealed handguns they would be less likely to attack, because they would be afraid of getting shot. In spite of this gun control laws will help lower the school violence rate. The amount of school mass shootings will surely drop away if we strengthen gun control laws. Mass shootings like Columbine High and Westside Elementary happened because several kids had easy access to guns. “Firearms are the single thread connecting every schoolhouse mass murder of 1997 to 1999…” (136.) Strengthening gun laws will help prevent minors from accessing firearms. Statistics show that the ratio of guns to people in the U.S.A. is about 11-13 (220 million-260 million). But is this true? We don’t need stricter gun laws because kids are almost always going to find a way to access guns. Take marijuana for example its illegal yet many teens find it easy to get all over the world. Kids aren’t allowed to walk into gun stores and buy guns; they obviously have to obtain them illegally. We set up better gun laws and kids are just going to find more ways of acquiring guns. “So long as guns are available to anyone, they will also be available to any juvenile with the means and motive to exploit his network of family, friends, and acquaintances for the purpose of obtaining a firearm” (144.) Kids are always going to have access to guns; this is why
February 21, 2013
America is known as the land of freedom. However, in present times some citizens feel that the new firearm legislation proposed by the President and his subordinates is stripping that very freedom from them. On the other hand there are many citizens that feel the new legislation will give citizens comfort and peace of mind.
In January 2013, President Barack Obama announced that there should be new gun laws in regards mainly to the horrific…
May 11, 2013
Out of all modern states, the U.S. has the longest democratic tradition. Most democratic norms, freedoms and rules of functioning of political institutions have been enshrined by the U.S. Constitution, adopted in 1787. However, this continuity has not only positive consequences: the creators of the Constitution could not have foreseen how the situation in the domestic and foreign policy would change within centuries, that is why many provisions…
Gun control is a pretty controversial issue.
There are groups on both sides arguing why we
should or should not have rules when it comes
to gun regulation. When asked about it, most
people who own a gun have it to protect
themselves (67%), the next most popular reason
is for target shooting (66%), and the last is for
Gun control is a controversial issue
because there have been Increased…
Katie Zurita Solis
18 December 2014
The United States of America has laws in place for ownership and control of
weapons such as guns. The Constitutions under The Second Amendment gives U.S
citizens the right to own and bear arms. Unfortunately, throughout the past decade the
United States has seen events in where its citizens have abused their right to bear arms.
Ownerships of weapons in America resulted in massive shootings in schools and malls…
Government Honors28 March 2014
Many people have issues with the federal government deciding if there should be gun control. Some want to completely ban all civilian ownership of firearms and some want to make it harder for people to get guns. Whether they believe guns are good for America or dangerous for America that is still being argued. There are many out there that are against having gun control because they feel their Second Amendment rights are being violated. These…
The Pros of Gun Control
Over the past decade gun control in America has become quite the topic in most households. “In 2011, over 400,000 people were victims of crimes that involved firearms in the United States”(National Institute of Justice).You would think that most people would support regulations or state mandates that would bring more order to gun control, but our society shows mixed reviews on how to approach the issue. Our country has bred a culture of people who believe that guns are essential…
Gun Control in
The Unites States
8 A.M MWF
Gun control is any practice or intention designed to restrict or limit the possession, production, importation, shipment, sale, and/or use of guns or other firearms by private or commonly citizens. Most commonly the guns in question are personal firearms, typically handguns and long guns.
Gun control laws and policy vary greatly around the world; some countries such as the United Kingdom have very strict limits on gun possession while…
Gun Control - Page One
Crime and guns. The two seem to be cohesive with each other, but are they really associated with one another? Do guns lead to crimes? Do laws placing restrictions on firearm ownership really protect citizens or do they promote opportunities for criminals to take advantage of?
Gun violence is a regularly debated political issue in the United States, considering that 30,000 people die from a gunshot each year. Gun-related violence is most common in poor urban areas and…
Charlotte Bacon, Daniel Barden and Olivia Engel are only three of the twenty children killed in the horrific Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting (JD Journal 1). These innocent little children had their lives ripped away from them at the ages of six and seven by a mentally unstable man. They had no say, no input on whether they could live or die. It seems as though every week a new tragedy that no one was expecting; not the family of the shooter or the family of the shot, arises.…
people who have gun-disqualifying mental health histories have been reported to the National Instant Check System, where they could be discovered in a routine background check of a prospective gun purchaser. A felony conviction is also supposed to disqualify people from buying a gun, but only 40% of murder suspects have such a previous record of conviction.
The present national moment of grief and soul searching should not become another occasion for oversimplifying the problem of gun violence and…