However, they support strict laws against gun-related crimes and better enforcement of those laws. On the other hand, those who support gun control are of the opinion that background checks are necessary to keep arms out of reach from the convicted and the mentally ill. Americans can lie somewhere between the two points of view. The Case for
“The government's responsibility is to trust, encourage and rely upon We the People. It is not to infringe upon our God-given rights, especially not enforcement of unconstitutional and liberty-killing violations like "gun control" laws (Barnhart 1). With this being said, not all gun legislation is detrimental to our rights, but rather is for our protection from those who would seek to do us harm. “The underlying gun control bill Democrats wrote includes language intended to crack down on gun trafficking and straw purchases, as well as funding for school safety provisions. But it also includes even stiffer background checks” (Sherfinski 1).
“While granting citizens the means to protect themselves, it also gives criminals the means to commit crime. Concealed-carry extends more rights to crooks and felons, guaranteeing that some weapons will fall into the wrong hands, making law-enforcement a virtual nightmare.” (Lichtenheld, 2005). It is unreasonable to believe that carrying concealed weapons can be used successfully in self –defense; “of the over 30,000 gun deaths in 2002, only 163 were deemed “justifiable homicide,” and it’s well known that a gun is 43 times more likely to be used in killing its owner or relative than an intruder. It is clear that allowing citizens to carry weapons not only puts more guns on the streets but also provides opportunity for shoot outs. I am convinced that, we can all envision what could happen if a simple misunderstanding between two adults, was resolved with weapons that they were legally carrying.
If a person who holds a gun license threatens another individual physically or verbally should have their license provoked permanently, for the safety of the other individual. This solution can be very effective when it comes to saving a life. A gun is neither good nor bad; it often depends on how and why it is used. Whether you have a gun or not keep in mind that having one is a great responsibility, which requires much thought and effort on the part of the gun owner (Staff Writer). We need stricter laws on gun ownership, it seems that as long as an individual doesn’t have a criminal background they are allowed to bear arms.
Its true that a lot of criminal /violent activity involve guns, like robbery, assault, murder etc. and no one can deny that. That is why there is the gun control law. The main purpose of the gun control law is to control who are the people who can acquire guns, how much ammo they can use and to get rid off loopholes like the gun-show loophole, in the hope that the crime rate would go down and will help make things safer for everyone. (Goldberg, 2012) But will that ensure that crime rates really would go down?
The 2nd amendment states that we as citizens have the right to bare arms and to protect ourselves. Gun control only keeps the 'good guys' from obtaining firearms. Bad guys will always have ways of getting weapons, whether it is from the black market, cross borders, or illegal street sales. New gun laws won't do much in stopping them. As the saying goes where there's a will there’s a way.
These are both illegal activities. The next biggest source of illegal gun transactions where criminals get guns are sales made by legally licensed but corrupt at home and commercial gun dealers. Several reports make the case that illegal activity. By those licensed to sell guns. Known as Federal Firearm Licenses (FFL), is a huge source of crime guns and greatly surpasses the sale of guns stolen from the American citizen.
With criminals buying guns nearly exclusively from the black market, stricter gun control policies might, in fact, encourage crime. Citizens legally having guns for defensive purposes discourage criminals from committing violent crimes; and with this right to gun ownership taken away, criminals will be more violent and reckless. Citizens having guns and using them for self-defense keeps down the death rate because 98% of the time all that is needed to scare off an attacker is the presence of a gun. The right of citizens to keep and bear arms is enumerated in The Constitution and should not be infringed by any governing body. The second amendment states that “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed" (greenhouse1).
Although the system is stronger, people will beat it. The only way to lessen gun violence is to make stronger penalties for gun offenders. Therefore they cannot repeat any criminal activity. Works Cited Balaker, Ted. "Free Speech And Guns."
Additionally, the hard work and determination the federal government is bestowing to keep weapons out of the hands of dangers criminals should also be considered. Taking the “right of the people to keep and bear arms” away from convicts and allowing only the law abiding citizens this unalienable right, will slowly but surely make the world a better place (Gun