Gun Control― More Harm Than Good. “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.” That quote is taken from the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. Gun control laws are some of the biggest issues facing politicians today. There are some politicians that call for very loose gun control laws, while others want to eliminate guns from private citizens’ use completely. If lawmakers would eliminate the Second Amendment, the outcome would be very negative, even catastrophic. Strict gun laws are more harmful than some politicians think. If a madman would enter a school with a fully loaded handgun and start shooting, what would the after effects be? A lot of people would say stricter gun control laws. Fewer guns, in their minds would lower the crime rate. However that is the exact opposite of what happened in Scotland. On --March 13, 1996, 43 year old Thomas Hamilton entered a school in Dunblane, Scotland, with a handgun. He proceeded to make his way to the gym of that school where a group of students was playing a game. Hamilton opened fire on the group students. Sixteen children and the teacher were killed instantly. Twelve other kids were taken to the hospital where one died of his gunshot wounds (“1996: Massacre in Dunblane School Gym”). Following the shooting, later known as the Dunblane Massacre, citizens in the United Kingdom wanted swift action to prevent another shooting. The Snowdrop Campaign was a petition that called for a total ban on handguns in the United Kingdom. Within six weeks of introduction, the Snowdrop Campaign gained more than 705,000 signatures (“Snowdrop Campaign”). Prime Minister Tony Blair introduced the “Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Act of 1997”, a few weeks later (“Snowdrop Campaign”). The bill passed Parliament with a majority. A total ban of handguns went into effect. Licenses were required for rifles and handguns over .22 caliber, since 1920 (“Gun Laws). Licenses for shotguns came in 1967 (“Gun laws”). With the introduction of “Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Act of 1997”, .22 caliber handguns were banned. One hundred sixty-two thousand newly illegal guns were handed over to authorities after the ban. Officials estimate that there are still 250,000 illegal firearms in the United Kingdom (Stossel). However, the new ban on handguns had unintended consequences. Before the law took effect, in 1995 the robbery rate was 1.4 times higher than the United States (“Gun laws”). That same year, the British assault rate was more than double America’s (“Gun laws”). “From 1998 to 2005, after the law took effect, the number of deaths and injuries from handguns rose 340%” (Beck and Balfe 53). Street crime increased 47% between 1999 and 2000. In a June 2000 interview, CBS news reporter Dan Rather proclaimed Great Britain as “one of the most violent urban societies in the western world” (“Gun Laws”). After looking at the catastrophe in England after the terrible handgun laws were passed, the negative effects of gun control got worse. For example, Japan is awful in their gun law execution. Canada isn’t too bad, but Italy’s statistics are horrific. In Japan, rifles and handguns are prohibited. Shotguns are very strictly regulated. Japan has the strictest gun control laws in the world. The suicide rate averages 90 deaths per day. Crime rates have been rising for the past 15 years. The number of shooting crimes in Japan doubled between 1997 and 1998 (“Gun laws”). A 1934 law required registration of all handguns in Canada (“Gun laws”). Their crime rate has risen since that law took effect. In Germany, it is illegal to have a gun ready for use in any citizen’s home (“Gun laws”). The number of gun related killings rose 76% from 1992 to 1995 (“Gun laws”). Italy has the harshest gun laws in all of Europe (“Gun laws”). Even with those regulations, Italy’s southern provinces have over 1000…
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…
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…
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 vs. Gun Rights
Since the passing of the Second Amendment granting “the right of the people to keep and
bear arms”, issues and debates pertaining to gun regulation were inevitable. People have abused
their rights to protect themselves and used the weapon to exploit their dirty desires. Due to their
injustices, laws putting restrictions and strict enforcements on guns are continually being issued.
In California more gun laws are coming into legislature and there is much debate on…
Guns are very powerful weapons, and they are so easy to access now a days. The United States has the highest gun ownership rate in the world, there are 89 guns for every 100 Americans, gun crime and murders had been increasing every year. Cutting the source of distribution of these weapons to U.S population wont be quite be the solution to this problem, but yes to make the possibilities to obtain an specific categories of fire arms more “strict”. For instance running background checks…
Reforming Canada’s Gun Control Laws
CLU3M0 – B
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Ms. Grant, Mr. Melkoumian
Guns have proven to provide power to the people for centuries until now, where in Canada only the government holds this power entirely. In Canada, the use of guns has been limited so strictly that the people virtually have no control over guns at all; this is due to the unreasonable gun controls of Canada. To begin, the…
Gun Control, one of the most debated topics in recent times. With discussions and controversies on whether to enforce stricter laws on owning guns, this discussion on gun control is endless. There is no right and wrong for owning a gun, however, the way people have been abusing the amendment to bear arms is wrong. In recent years more and more issues come up with mass shootings and innocent people getting shot. The gun control policy needs to be much stricter. Guns should not…
still able to purchase their guns legally.
Although I am a huge advocate for guns I still believe that broader gun policy is necessary to contain the violence associated with guns.
This topic is creditable because it has been the hottest topic in the news for what seems like forever. People have been talking about gun control ever since the first ever identified mass shooting in 1983.
Since I am a gun advocate I have been keeping up with the gun control debates over the years and I…
Mrs. J. Brown
19 March 2013
America has a Right to Own Guns
Picture this, a world where no guns exist except for the ones in the governments hands. Think of a future America where no gun owners exist because the government has banned all use of firearms and stripped the American people of their second amendment right. Many people in America today have become aware and even alarmed by some of the new possible gun laws that are being proposed and put in place by the government. As a…