These gun owners maintain that an unregulated right to bear arms is guaranteed to citizens by the 2nd amendment and this position received support in a Supreme Court decision issued in 2008 which disallowed a Washington D.C. complete ban on handguns. Opponents of gun control argue that gun owners often use their weapons to deter crime and that handguns are most commonly used for this purpose. “Research also shows that many laws do not significantly diminish the number of guns used in violence, although many advocates of gun control assumed they would” (Zimring 48).Some studies have shown that such defensive use of weapons occurs at a much greater rate than the extent to which weapons are used in criminal activity although the validity of these studies is in dispute. Gun control opponents are generally law abiding citizens who put greater trust in individualism than in the government to protect their safety. They are concerned that each step toward greater gun control will lead to the eventual confiscation of all firearms.
The reduction of the crime rates following the reduction of gun-related violence can be used to justify gun control. However, the official statistics does not support this assumption. The reasoning that guns cause crimes arises numerous disputations, as it does not consider that guns are just another mean of committing a crime. Pro-gun advocates usually assert, “Guns do not kill people; people kill people.” The Vice President, Wayne Lapierre argued that the best solution to the Newton Massacre was to allow citizens to own guns. He stated”The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun” (Spitzer,
Do Stricter Gun-Control Laws Help Prevent Gun-Related Injuries/Deaths? Gun control arguments are a hot topic in America and around the world; it is a topic not likely to go away anytime soon. Arguments for and against carry their own merit and can be lengthy and broad by nature, but our intent is to debate the effect of gun-control laws and the effect they have on gun-related injuries/deaths. The argument presented here will get to the crux of why laws should or should not be enacted to prevent social ills. Most agree that gun-related injury or death of innocent citizens should never be tolerated, but there are opinions on the course to take in an effort to discover a solution.
Is Gun Control the Answer? Gun control is an over thought topic. It has really been in the spotlight since a few recent shootings such as Sandy Hook Elementary and the movie theatre shootings. But is controlling guns going to prevent future issues? Since the beginning of this country the bearing of arms has been a right for the American people for many reasons, one of them being protection, and without them victims of shootings would never have any defense to protect themselves.
They should not be able to take away our rights that were given to us long ago. The people of the United States of America do not like the government trying to pass this law. People use guns for self-defense and hunting. People are standing up for their rights and showing the government that they can’t walk on us. This gun control is making ammunition prices raise.
But due to recent events and the advancement of artillery that the public can get their hands on have left the public wondering is it safe to conceal weapons for those who job or involved in military don’t require them to do so. Also, due to the newton school shootings and the theater shootings this is definitely a time for reform. But it won’t be easy. The New York times article “ the rugged road to gun control” where they discuss the hurdles and trials and tribulations in the upcoming attempts for gun reform. Those who support the bill to expand background checks and ban assault weapons in congress are worried about the amendment process of getting through to some states.
Many will argue that it is a person’s constitutional right under the second amendment, the right to bear arms. Many will argue this amendment is no longer needed and others will base an entire argument on this amendment alone. The need for citizen to own and possess firearms should be a preference of the city or county of residence. The issue of crime reduction is an area that is discussed when the rights of possession of firearms is argued, the data consistently shows that crime increases when there is no presence of firearms from
It will not stop people from buying guns off of the black market and using them like they always have. The federal government regulations make it very difficult for the common man in crime driven neighborhoods to buy a gun, while the thug, under any garb, continues to procure arms illegally. While a segment of the law guarantees individuals the right to own guns, another amendment makes owning a handgun difficult and many people feel that their constitutional rights are being denied (Borade). There will always be murders and killing in our world but gun control is not the answer. If they take away guns, they might as well ban knives alcohol and other dangerous things, but would also be nearly impossible to achieve.
Gun control has become a large topic of argument in recent years as politicians have begun using it as a tool to win votes. To me there is no reason why a person should not be allowed to own a gun and have it with them. Especially if they have gone through classes or have gotten a permit for the weapon, but many people see the idea of all people being able to own a gun as a harm to society. Guns have various usages besides the downsides that many gun control supporters capitalize. Many people have guns for the sole purposes of self-defense or hunting.
Our current gun control laws are ineffectual with ambiguities that currently allow people to purchase guns with minimal restriction. Lobbyists also hide behind the second amendment saying it is the constitutional right to bear arms; however, the Second Amendment itself talks about “militia”, an army that will protect the “state” and has rights to bear arms for this specific purpose, not individuals claiming their own defense from imagined enemies. The country has progressed since the time when the Second Amendment was needed to consolidate U.S. boundaries and protect itself against foreign aggression. Ultimately, the reality is that a gun is a lethal weapon; its function and design is to kill. Gun control reform will ensure that there will be further stringent checks to decrease further incidents of violence.