Gun Control and Crime Rates

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Gun Control and Crime Rates Steven Osmer Columbia Southern University Gun Control and Crime Rates The rate of crimes related to firearms in the U.S has risen from previous years. Possession of guns by the public has been of major concern to law enforcement agencies and some people have been advocating for gun control as a way of reducing crime. This would, in effect, reduce the number of guns owned by citizens. Advocates of this policy argue that such restrictions will reduce crimes through firearm unavailability. Opponents of the policy, however, argue that this will deny rightful owners of guns a chance to utilize this tool in other activities. As the debate rages on, it is unclear which side of the debate will carry the day. However, it is clear that guns are a major aspect in the lives of Americans. This paper explores gun control and posits that such a policy will not reduce crime. Gun Control refers to the control in ownership of firearms by citizens. The policy is meant to ensure that there are lesser guns in the population and thus reduce the probability of crimes related with guns. Several States have implemented this policy but the strictness of the policy varies from State to State. Its effectiveness in reducing crimes is, however, still in doubt as crimes continue to occur with fewer registered guns being implicated in crimes. According to Cook and Ludwig, the U.S has over 200 million firearms in private hands (Cook & Ludwig, 1996). The impact of these guns has not only been to deter crime but to also commit them. Gun control is meant to curb crime that occurs through firearms. However, gun control does not achieve the intended goal because guns that are registered are not used in crimes. Illegal smuggling of guns has been a norm in the country. Most of the criminals may purchase their guns through gun shows and they may not be required to
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