Guns Should Not Be Banned in Us

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Persuasive essay 1 Persuasive essay Shi Dong Course: Advanced ESL writing Instructor: Anita Russo Date: November 8, 2012 Persuasive essay 2 In the 21st century, American people are concerned about gun issues. Some people think that gun regulations should be implemented due to numerous violent crime, while some people consider that they should be allowed to have guns. From my perspective, all guns should not be prohibited in the United States. First of all, banning guns does not decrease crime rates. People always have a misconception that higher crime rates will be reduced, if gun regulations are carried out. Conversely, the proof in America’s big city—Washington, D.C indicates differently. “Washington's ban went into effect in early 1977, but since it started there has been only one year when its murder rate fell below what it was in 1976. Murder rates were falling before the ban and rose afterward. In the five years before the ban, the murder rate fell from 37 to 27 murders per 100,000 people. In the five years after it went into effect, the rate rose back up to 35.” (Lott, Making Guns Less Available Does Not Reduce Gun Violence, 2011). The same situation also happened in Chicago. “Chicago has banned all handguns since 1982. But that handgun ban didn't work at all when it came to reducing violence. Chicago's murder rate fell from 27 to 22 per 100,000 in the five years before the law and then rose slightly to 23. Chicago's murder rate rose relative to other large cities and its five neighboring Illinois counties.”( Lott, 2011) It is clear that banning guns is not an effective method to minimize crime rates compared to owning guns. Secondly, People also acquire and use guns for self-defense. When people encounter emergencies such as robbery or

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