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Crime happens everyday all around the United States. Have you ever wondered if there was a reliable way to cut down the amount of crime that is done. A lot of citizens say that guns play a big part in the amount of crime that takes place and some argue against them. Before anyone argues that point, they should know some information about the gun control law in the United States and even in their own states. “Gun control generally refers to laws or policies that regulate the manufacture, sale, transfer, possession, modification, or use of firearms”(“Gun control april 21, 2013″).
There are several debates directing towards the positive and negative sides of issuing a stricter gun law.
Personally, I think there should not be a gun control law, but we should make it harder for criminals to get their hands on. Whenever there’s a story on the news that involves an outbreak of shootings or a massacre, people always turn their heads on the gun when in reality, it’s the person behind the gun that operates the entire weapon.
There are a lot of citizens that favor instituting a gun control law in hopes to lower the chances of a mass shooting. “Between 1982 and 2012, the US had roughly sixty-two mass shootings. That’s an astonishing number… this research by Mother Jones shows that, of those sixty-two shootings, forty-nine were perpetrated using legal weapons” (“10 Arguments for Gun Control – Listverse”).
If there becomes a stricter gun law in New York, this would make it harder for people to get a gun due to having to get a stricker background check and establish an age restriction.
It would also limit the types of guns you are able to purchase and those you are not. (semi-automatic guns, automatic guns, warfare guns, etc) and it would decrease the amount of stolen weapons that are used in crimes. If the weapon is stolen, it is a lot more difficult for the police to track the gun back to the person who used it. “According to the United States (U.S.) Department of Justice (DOJ), about 1.4 million guns have been reported stolen during burglaries and property intrusion crimes from 2005 through 2010..”(“Pros & Cons: Gun Control – The Pros & Cons”) With this being said, 1.4 million guns will be hard to be tracked down if there’s ever a case where they’re being used for a crime of some sort.
People that debate having a stricter gun control law think about the safety of their friends and family if there was less chances of buying a gun. Even though the citizens that debate this side believe the crime rate would decrease tremendously with stricter laws, it is not guaranteed. If a criminal wants a gun, they will find any way to obtain one, even if its done illegally. Imagine a family peacefully hanging out in the living room watching T.V. together and all of a sudden someone breaks in from the back window. The unfamiliar man holds them all at gunpoint. What do they do? The oldest son hears what’s going on in the room nearby but doesn’t have a gun or weapon to safely save his family without the predator seeing him.
The son will have to decide whether to risk his life trying to save his family, or hope from a distance his family doesn’t get hurt. People that argue against stricter gun laws believe that guns should be allowed to be used for self defense incase you are ever put into a life-threatening situation. Anyone that was operating the gun should go through the legal procedure to obtain the gun along with have knowledge how to use it properly. The downfall of this is, we don’t know how many people behind those guns are potential criminals and could hurt someone at anytime. “Although guns lead to criminal actions and violence it has also been noted to prevent further escalations in crime. There has been much debate in regards to criminals backing down when faced against civilians and law enforcements using guns as self-defense.” “Pros & Cons: Gun Control – The Pros & Cons”) During the Sandy Hook school shooting, if the principal or kindergarten teacher that died trying to protect the children had a gun on hand, the chances of all those poor innocent children getting killed could have been a lot less. someone could have stopped him before anyone had to get hurt. Aside from guns protecting us, the United States Constitution does not exactly state whether guns can be owned individually or just the military and law enforcements, therefore it stirrs up the debate whether we are able to have them or not.
The entire Second Amendment states: “a well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.”  The federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, in the Dec. 11, 2012 case Moore v. Madigan, ruled 2-1 that the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms “must be interpreted to include a right to have a concealed gun in public, to have it ready for use, and to have it for self-defense.”  The US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Peruta vs. San Diego by a 2-1 vote on Feb. 13, 2014 that the Second Amendment requires states to “permit some form of concealed carry for self-defense outside the home” (“Concealed Guns ProCon.org”). The constitution of the United States of America protects our rights and gives us guidelines to new law making. In 2014, the 2nd amendment will be approximately 223 years old and has been our milestone since the beginning which makes some people not want to have a gun control law.
Gun control laws have been a hot debate all around the world. Everyday the latest news constantly shows new crimes involving guns and murders that shouldn’t be happening, from school shootings to break-ins. It may be hard to turn your back against a debate that can affect you more than you think it will. Some people tend to forget that most crime can decrease if the people handling the gun didn’t have such horrible intentions, but that can’t always be promised. Citizens that are for gun control want their U.S. rights and the ability to protect their family at home if they’re ever put into a situation. Meanwhile, people that dont want a gun control law want to protect their loved ones by making it harder for criminals to buy them which would lower the amount of guns on the streets. With this in mind, instituting a gun control law has both its positive and negative depending on the situation and the people behind it.
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