Analysis Of James Q. Wilson's Just Take Away Their Guns

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In James Q. Wilson’s Just Take Away Their Guns, Wilson has fairly liberal views on guns, gun owners, and their respective rights, but Wilson also has a radical solution for gun-related crimes. Wilson boasts an increase in frisks as a better way to control the amount of guns on the streets illegally than the already instituted paperwork and background checks required to legally purchase and own a firearm. He also argues that blame and ill will should not be upon legal firearm owners and that it is not feasible to confiscate legal guns in an effort to reduce the circulation of illegal guns. While I do believe that “our goal should not be the disarming of law-abiding citizens,” and that there should be an extent of gun control in the United States, …show more content…
The US has a poor handle on the mental health of its citizens with little to no regulation in the handling of psychotic or otherwise mentally unstable citizens; in addition to little regulation, there is a lack of institutions to house those with psychological problems. At a hospital, there will be at least one behavioral health ward, but if there aren’t others in the surrounding area, then all deemed to be mentally unstable will be sent to the hospital causing massive overcrowding, increased discharging of overly aggressive and/or dangerous patients. While the patient will receive some different methods of treatment such as medicine or counselling, not all patients will be completely reformed or ready to function in society, but they will be released anyway. Increased awareness and research focusing on mental health would not only reduce the number of people affected by a mental disease, but also their access to a firearm and likelihood of one being used in a violent …show more content…
I agree with the statistics that he lays out and I appreciate the lack of bias and condescension in Wilson’s essay, but rather than focusing on the amount of guns on the street illegally, the US should spend more time and money on reducing the actual number of violent crimes that involve those guns. More responsibility should be placed on legal firearm owners to teach and lead by example so that others may see the benefits of owning a weapon for self-defense. In addition to a program that teaches citizens proper firearm operation, maintenance, and general appreciation, a program that has a firm grasp on the mental health crisis should also be put into effect. A solution isn’t always an overbearing law or order; it can also be a learning

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