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Citizens in America are being killed everyday, and many people believe guns are the problem; because of this the government believes implying gun control will help solve this drawback. By doing this the government hopes to lessen crime rates, and suicides. On the other hand, citizens shouldn’t have gun control because it would reduce their protection, many people aren’t killed by guns, and criminals will still find a way to get guns. To begin, the government shouldn’t enact gun control because it would reduce the citizen’s safety.
For example, According to NRA, “According to the National Rifle Association (NRA), guns are used for self-defense 2.5 million times a year (“Chris Cox’s NRA Armed Citizen”). The police cannot protect everyone all of the time. 61% of men and 56% of women surveyed by Pew Research said that stricter gun laws would ‘make it more difficult for people to protect their homes and families” (“Why Own a Gun? Protection Is Now Top Reason”).
This quote shows that guns play a major role in the safety of people, and by implementing gun control it will make it harder for them to protect themselves. Gun control would most likely cause more deaths of American citizens if they have no way to defend themselves from others. The article continues when it states, “ Constitutions in 37 US states protect the right to bear arms for self defense, most with explicit language such as Alabama’s: ‘every citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the state!” (Volokh).
This statement supports the idea that gun control would hinder people from protecting themselves. Some states allow citizens to bear arms for self defense, and enacting gun control will stop them from doing so. Additionally, gun control is not needed because not many people are killed by guns. The article states, “According to the CDC’s “Leading Causes of Death Reports,” between 1999 and 2013, Americans were 21.5 times more likely to die of heart disease (9,691,733 deaths); 18.7 times more likely to die of malignant tumors (8,458,868 deaths); and 2.4 times more likely to die of diabetes or 2.3 times more likely to die of Alzheimer’s (1,080,298 and 1,053,207 respectively) than to die from a firearm (whether by accident, homicide, or suicide)” (“Data & Statistics”).
This shows that gun control would not be very effective if the government believes it will decrease death rates. Mainly because diseases are more likely to kill a person before a gun will. The article continues by reporting that, “Firearms were the 12th leading cause of deaths for all deaths between 1999 and 2013, responsible for 1.3% of deaths…” (“Data & Statistics”). The article explains that firearms are not the main reason why people are dying. Though they are the 12th leading causes of death they are only responsible for 1.3%. 1.3% of 100% is very small causing deaths relating to firearms very low. Finally, gun control should not be implemented because criminals will still find ways around the law.
According to The Wall Street Journal, “John R. Lott, Jr., PhD, gun rights activist, stated, “The problem with such [gun control] laws is that they take away guns from law abiding citizens, while would-be criminals ignore them” (Lott). This quote shows how gun control will only affect people who follow the law because those who do not will not care to follow the gun laws. In conclusion, gun control is not necessary because people aren’t usually killed by guns, people will still find ways to get guns, and it will weaken the defense of citizens who want to protect themselves. Gun control will overall hurt the law abiding citizens rather than help them. This will put our nation at risk.
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