The Importance Of Gun Control Laws In America

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In the year two thousand and fourteen, there was a total number of fifty one thousand, seven hundred and forty nine reported incidents of gun violence. Twelve thousand, five hundred and sixty seven of those incidents were deaths. However, one thousand, five hundred and eighty five of these incidents were reports of self defense. Gun control laws are a controversial topic in the United States of America. I believe gun control laws are unnecessary for the citizens of the United States of America because the second amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects individual gun ownership, gun control laws don’t discourage crime, gun ownership discourages crime, and gun control laws won’t prevent criminals from obtaining guns or committing crimes. …show more content…
The second amendment of the United States Constitution states, “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.” (United States Constitution) This statement means that every citizen has the right to own a gun. Guns are necessary for the safety of your family. A Pew Foundation report found that 79% of male gun owners and 80% of female gun owners said they felt safer owning a gun. People feel safer owning guns in the event that someone should try to steal from them or break into their homes. Gun control laws are unnecessary.
Gun control laws do not scare criminals. “Gun control laws don’t deter criminals, gun ownership does.” (Lott) That statement says that an armed “victim” will stop a crime and not a law keeping the “victim” from owning a gun. An armed citizen has a higher chance at stopping or even preventing a crime, rather than an unarmed citizen. “While gun ownership doubled in the twentieth century, the murder rate decreased.” (Lott) Just another reason why the United States of America doesn’t need any more gun control