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
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…