Gun Control Gun control is a very big issue in the United States today. Many people don't agree with the gun control laws that they have today. Gun control laws only take guns away from law-abiding citizens. Many people have their own reasons for owning a gun. Why would the government want to make it harder for people to own a gun? People that own guns are not very likely to be attacked by criminals.
Owning a handgun is one of the best ways of protection. The second amendment states "the right to bear arms" does this grant everyone a right to own a gun? Gun control laws have not been proven to do anything for citizens. Gun control laws just make it harder for a good guy to own a gun. Gun control laws are not a good idea. Gun control only takes guns away from law- abiding citizens and it does nothing to stop criminals from buying illegal guns, who are unlikely to obey the law and register their guns (Long 45). In many cases the term gun control is improperly used.
The definition of gun control is; government regulation of possession and use of firearms by private citizens (Zimring 23). The government is using it as way to take our right to bear arms. There are many reasons that people want to own a gun. One of the main reasons that people own a gun is protection. In a survey given about guns, " self defense" was the primary reason for owning a gun (Nisbet 114). Guns provide a great source of psychological reassurance even among citizens who are not especially concerned about the fear of crime of being victimized (Long 53).
The right of self-defense and the right to use firearms for defense of self and family are the cornerstone of individual rights enumerated in the U. S. constitution (Nisbet 89). Why does the government make it harder for us to protect ourselves? Police cannot always protect everyone.
There are only about 500, 000 police officers throughout the country, which figures to around 125, 000 police officers are on duty at any given time (Long 46). Other than a bodyguard or a law enforcement officer at one's side twenty-four hours a day, the most effective deterrent to criminal attack is the criminal's fear that the prospective victim is armed and prepared to defend themselves (Nisbet 14). Courts have ruled that there is no constitutional fight to be protected by the state against being murdered by criminals or madmen, which means that police have no duty to protect the individual citizen (Long 55). It is not very likely of being attacked when someone armed.
Criminal's fear armed citizens. Victims who used guns for protection were less likely either to be attacked or injured than victims who responded in any other way (Long 112). According to the U. S. Justice Department victimization studies, a citizen that uses arms stands not only a greater chance of avoiding injury than his or her unarmed counter part, but also increases his or her odds of failing the criminal assault (Long 104). The police force went on strike in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
During this time the crime rate decreased because frightened citizens armed themselves and protected their homes and businesses (Media Watch). Criminals did not want to face indignant citizens protecting their own property with the same force the criminals used to steal it. Handgun ownership stops thousands of victim injuries and deaths that would not have been avoidable given the advantages that criminals have over unarmed citizens (Zimring 93). Who would people rather have protecting them? In 1980, between 1, 500-3, 000 felons were legally killed by armed civilians in self defense and an additional 8, 700-16, 600 criminal were legally wounded under the same circumstances (Long 83). If these figures are accurate, then civilians kill and injure far more felons annually than do police officers (Long 83). Everyone knows that police officers are trained to ask questions first and shoot later, but people feel that if any one were in a bad situation they would probably shoot first.
The second amendment 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" (Long 25). Infringed means to violate or trespass. The constitution is not very clear, but the second amendment is probably the most unclear amendment in the U. S. constitution.
It is a rallying cry of the National Rifle Association and its affiliated organizations, who insist that their stand is constant with the expressed intentions of founding forefathers in safeguarding American freedom (Long 7). It is not easy to understand why the Second Amendment, or the notion of liberty, should be viewed as creating a right to own and carry a weapon that contributes so directly to the shock of murders to society (Zimring 105). Gun control laws have not been proven to do anything for citizens. No study of the effectiveness of gun laws has shown any positive effect, yet some studies have shown a negative effect of gun control laws. The obvious effect of gun bans is to deny the law abiding citizens access to firearms for their defense (Media Watch).
Many people argue that taking guns away from law-abiding citizens doesn't prevent the possessions of guns by criminals (Zimring 441). If guns were eliminated from the scene, more knives, clubs, axes, pieces of pipe, blocks of wood, brass knuckles, or, for that matter fists would be used to kill people. "Guns don't kill people, people kill people" (Zimring 14). The black market is open to anyone with money without discrimination of age, race, gender, or background (Zimring 55). Gun control laws do not even include criminals, unless they try to work through the legal system. The only people who are affected by gun control laws are law -abiding citizens who are trying to protect themselves.
It should not be so hard for the good guy to get a gun. Our founding four fathers gave the citizens of the United States the right to bear arms, and our new government is slowly trying to take it away. Federal and state laws prohibit alcoholics, drug addicts, mentally unbalanced people, or people with criminal records from owning a gun (Zimring 441). Professor Wright, Rossi, and Daly said "it may be taken as self-evident that something in excess of 99% of all private-owned firearms are never involved in any sort of criminal act (Zimring 94-95). These are many reasons there should not be strict laws on gun control. The fight to ban gun control is going to be a difficult one.
Gun control laws just take guns away from law-abiding citizens. There are many reasons why people want to own a gun. Don't keep letting the government keeps making it harder for us to won a gun. Everyone is a lot safer when they own a gun. The second amendment clearly states "the right to bear arms" doesn't let the government try to change that. Don't let gun control laws fool the public, because they have not been proven to reduce crime at all.
So go out and buy a gun before that right is taken away. Eventually guns might just be a thing of the past. So practice your right to protect your country and vote against gun control any time that you can. Work Cited Page Long, Robert. Gun Control. New York: H.
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