Shot Through the Heart and Guns Aren't to Blame Essay

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Ansley Strickland Mrs. Ginther AP English Language and Composition 12 May 2014 Shot Through the Heart and Guns Aren’t to Blame Guns. Crime. Violence. Any relation? Many people have differing views on owning guns and the violence that they may produce. One view is that violence in the United States is accredited to guns. Another view says that they help keep violence down. There are people who want to downright ban guns and those who think that we have a need for them. Would banning guns help reduce the violence in America? No, if anything passing a law to ban guns would make the crime rates in cities around the country sky rocket. Banning guns in the United States would be detrimental to the wellbeing of the citizens. They make families feel safer, they help keep crime in check, and they will always be here. Guns help protect households and make families feel safer. The weapon’s presence alone is enough to make any child, wife, or husband feel more relaxed. In 1982, the Kennesaw City Council passed a law that states “protect the safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants” (Benson). The crime rates of Kennesaw, Georgia have been significantly lower in the last 30 years. In general, the crime rates all over the country have gone up significantly in the 20th century. Mandating guns may be viewed as “too much” or “overbearing” but as proven in many places, every household owning a gun feels much safer. With everyone owning one, it levels the playing field and everyone knows that their neighbor has protection. In the minds of criminals, that house that they are attempting to break into is protected and it puts their lives at a greater risk. The opposing side maintains that murder rates are going to continue going up if America doesn’t pass a law banning guns. They say that “guns are impersonal,” and they allow “the assailant to inflict

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