Gun Control Will Not Reduce Gun Violence

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GUN CONTROL “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.” This amendment has created a debate for the United States, which has caused controversy throughout the American people. Some argue that the amendment creates an individual constitutional right for citizens of the United States. The phrase "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms" clearly states that citizens should be able to bear arms for protection. Under this "individual right theory" the United States Constitution restricts legislative bodies from prohibiting firearm possession, or at the very least, the Amendment renders prohibitory and restrictive regulation presumptively…show more content…
On the other hand, some people believe carrying guns is a not a civilian’s duty; therefore, only military, police-officers and other law enforcement entities should possess them. In his journal article “The Media Campaign Against Gun Ownership: Gun Control Will Not Reduce Gun Violence,” author Phyllis Schlafly states: Despite the claims made by its advocates, gun control will not reduce firearms violence. Supporters of gun controls propagate lies, including inaccurate statistics [that 12 children a day die from guns] on the number of children killed each day by guns and the assertion that access to guns at home leads to an increase in violence…The only way to reduce gun violence is to pass laws that give citizens the right to carry firearms. Criminals are less likely to commit violent acts if they believe their victims could be armed (Schlafly, P. 2001). Thus, the restrictions placed on citizens to not carry guns affect them considerably; when citizens lose the right to own guns, they automatically become…show more content…
All have been the site of tragic gun violence with one difference. Most of those killed by guns in Chicago were killed by illegally acquired guns, unlike those used at Newtown and Aurora, which were purchased legally. All across America people are dying as a result of gun violence; is stricter gun-control laws the answer? Pro-gun advocates are quick to use gun murders, like those in Chicago, along with the Second Amendment as a reason to ease gun control laws. (Robertson, R). In 1998, research was done by the open Society Institute Center on Crime Culture and Communities. It tested the effectiveness of gun control in reducing crime. It tested 10 categories of crime using demographic, economic and law enforcement data. The data was collected for 1999 and 2001. The analysis concluded that gun control laws do not reduce crime rates nor the hypothesis that lax gun-control laws in neighboring states undermine the effectiveness of state gun laws (Moorhouse, J and Wanner, B.). Those advocates of stricter gun control laws would cite a similar study that was conducted in Australia. The Australian study compared mass murders before and after 1996, a year of widely publicized mass murders in Tasmania. After the mass murders in Tasmania, Australia enacted gun law reform that removed semi automatic firearms, pump action shotguns, and rifles from civilian possession. The results of the

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