Gun control is a very contentious issue. I will be presenting gun control – pro and con opinions, facts on including links to reputable websites that also contain facts and statistics. In preparing this article, I came to the realization that both sides have rights with valid concerns and beliefs. Each side needs to be heard. We do have a right and freedom to express ourselves, but with it comes the responsibility to listen and respect each other’s views.
Perhaps through compromise, there can be amicable resolutions that will help us make a difference through change. When done in good faith and not fear, our freedom can remain intact and lives saved. I would say that’s a win-win for both sides.
Perhaps a broader focus can provide a better understanding as to concerns and answers surrounding gun violence and the need to implement fair and effective laws. I believe guns are but a symptom of a deeper underlying problem existing within our society today. We could discuss reasons and possibilities as to why mass shootings and/or violence seem to be increasing while placing blame on this person or that group. However, if focus can be directed on the why, what, when and how through discussions, we may be able to move beyond the blame and seek fair and equitable solutions.
- Most violent crimes are committed with guns. It would stand to reason then, that restricting gun ownership would likely reduce the number of such crimes.
- Individuals with mental illness, kids bullied at school, a person that feels dejected, and other disgruntled persons can inflict mass casualties with guns that otherwise would not be possible.
- Through legalized gun ownership, guns have a greater chance of falling into the hands of kids that could lead to deadly accidents.
- Lax gun laws can lead to a higher rate of gun-related violence and death.
- The second amendment does not specify individual gun rights.
- Regulating registration of ownership of all firearms will ensure less violent crimes and deaths.
- Preventing gun owners from purchasing arms (assault rifles) is not unconstitutional.
- There are too many senseless accidents involving children and guns due to the carelessness of the adult(s).
- Background checks and a mandatory waiting period would help to deter criminals and possible tragedies.
- Semi-automatic weapons should be banned from public use. They are meant for the use by police or military personnel, not civilians.
- It’s a known fact that criminals will always find a way to get their guns and thus leaving the law-abiding citizens without weapons and defenseless. Knowledge of gun possessions can help prevent crimes.
- Totally banning guns will create the opportunity of a black market helping with the criminal having more access to guns than the law-abiding citizen. Organized crime will flourish.
- The government placing a ban on guns is yet another infringement on our liberty. As it stands today, we are heading towards socialism and the loss of our individual rights.
- Since guns don’t kill people, society will not become safer by restricting gun ownership.
- The second amendment guarantees the right to bear arms. The government has no right to change the amendment.
- Tighter gun control will not deter the criminals from committing crimes.
- By placing restrictions on gun ownership, citizens will feel less safe and more vulnerable.
- Less focus should be placed on guns and more on the commonality of individuals committing the crime, such as individuals with mental illness.
- If our current gun laws were to be enforced, there would be no need for additional laws.
Are Guns the Problem?
“Many customs, traditions and moral values have been discarded without an appreciation for the role they played in creating a civilized society, and now we’re paying the price. What’s worse is that instead of a return to what worked, people want to replace what works with what sounds good, such as zero-tolerance policies in which bringing a water pistol, drawing a picture of a pistol, or pointing a finger and shouting ‘bang-bang’ produces a school suspension or arrest. Seeing as we’ve decided that we should rely on gun laws to control behavior, what should be done to regulate clubs and hammers? After all, FBI crime statistics show that more people are murdered by clubs and hammers than rifles and shotguns.”¹
The above statement by Mr. Williams shows incredible insight while so eloquently stating his concerns. To read the complete article, click on Walter E. Williams.
A Guide to Mass Shootings In America
I have included one more information tidbit relating to gun control. Click on MotherJones.com to read the full article. The paragraph below is an excerpt from the article.
“The news on Friday was horrific. A man shot and killed 27 people, including 20 children, at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Of the 12 deadliest shootings in U.S. history, six have taken place in 2007. (The Newton school shooting will likely rank second on that list.) Mass shootings appear to be on the upswing — even as other types of homicides and violent crimes are becoming less frequent. But that number spiked in 1980, and kept rising thereafter. In the United States, there have now been at least 62 mass shootings in the past three decades, with 24 in the last seven years alone, according to a recent Mother Jones survey. This has happened even as the nation’s overall violent crime and homicide rates have been dropping.”²
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The Facts about Mass Shootings
United States Crime Rates 1960 — 2011
Federal Bureau of Investigation (latest crime stats & more)
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¹Are guns the problem? Article written by Walter E. Williams, columnist. TownHall.com; 04.12.13.
²A Guide to Mass Shootings In America; By Mark Follman, Gavin Aronsen, and Deanna Plan. MotherJones.com; 02.27.13.
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