Gun Control | Pros & Cons

Gun Control | Pros and Cons

Gun control | Pros & Cons is a very contentious issue. I will be presenting pro and con opinions, facts on guns including links to reputable websites consisting of 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, it is our right and freedom to express ourselves.

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 control laws, gun violence and the need to implement fair and effective laws. I believe guns are but a symptom of a more underlying problem existing within our society today. We could discuss the 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 placed on the why, what, when and how through conversation, we may be able to move beyond gridlock.

Gun Control — Pro

    • 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.

Gun Control Facts and Stats

Gun Control — Con

  • 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 possession 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 of our liberty. 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.
  • Focus less on the guns and more on the commonality of individuals committing the crimes, such as individuals with mental illness.
  • If we enforced our current gun laws there would be no need for additional gun control 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 worked 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.

One Nation Under God | USAA Guide to Mass Shootings in America

I have included one more informative 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 28 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

Thank you for taking time to read this article. Please feel free to submit your remarks within our comment box below. You may also take action by visiting the government website, “We the People — Your voice in our government” to view current petitions that are open to view and vote on or create your own petition. Give yourself a voice, become involved and participate. You CAN make a difference.!

Mass Shootings Lists | 2013 – 2017
Additional information can be found our website shooting tracker. The yearly lists can be found on individual pages at Gun Violence Archive

Informative Links:
The Facts about Mass Shootings
United States Crime Rates 1960 — 2017
Mass Casualty Shootings
Gun Crime Stats: Latest Data
Gun Violence in America: 13 Key Questions & Answers
U.S. Is #1 in Gun Violence… or is it?
Major Gun Control Laws in America Timeline

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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 Pan. MotherJones.com; 02.27.13.