Cons Against Gun Control

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A big topic up for debate in the United States is gun control. A question that is often asked is, should there be more restrictions on the process of buying a gun? While some say there is a need to require stricter background checks or psychological testing others would argue that it is our right as Americans to own firearms. Gun control in the United States has become too restricting to serve its original purpose. The second amendment of our country’s Constitution 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.” This amendment was put in place so Americans could protect their homes and themselves from intrusions into our security. It …show more content…
Gun control laws do not discourage terrorists and criminals. Gun laws tend not to work because criminals don 't follow the law. They will acquire a gun by illegal means if necessary. Gun free zones are a prime target for shooters. They know that their targets would struggle to defend themselves, and the police won’t arrive until after the attack has already started. Shooters would be less inclined to act if they knew someone else might have a gun to defend themselves or others. No laws could prevent tragedies such as the one in Orlando, where 49 people were killed in a gay nightclub. Conservative writer David French said: “The gun-control debate is nothing more than a destructive distraction.” Gun control laws won 't stop someone who is invested in committing a crime. The leader of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, Philip Van Cleave, has said: that we need to place blame on the person committing the act and not the instrument he uses. If you don’t place responsibility on this person then a solution to the problem will be hard to find. Knives and hammers are weapons just like guns. If we put so much emphasis in strict gun laws, why don 't we make laws against others weapons as well? According to an article published by the Associated Press, in 2014 in China there was a massive knife attack resulting in 33 dead and 143 injured. There are other weapons than guns used to commit crimes, and putting restrictions on …show more content…
In an article in the Los Angeles Times Author James Q. Wilson states, “that there is no way to extinguish the supply of guns. It would be impossible to confiscate hundreds of millions of weapons. You can declare a place gun-free, as Virginia Tech had done, and guns will still be brought there”. Even if by some marvel the U.S. was able to collect all the guns, studies show that the murder rate would not be reduced. Also even with the creation of stricter gun laws acquiring a gun would still be relatively easy. They can be stolen or even borrowed. In some cases they are gotten through straw purchases. According to National Shooting Sports Foundation, “straw purchases are a criminal act in which a person who is prohibited from buying firearms uses another person to buy a gun on their behalf.” Some criminals are very knowledgeable with the law and they deliberately break those laws so that they can get what they want. A large percentage of people who commit these crimes are frequently under the influence of high drug intoxication. For example, CNN reported that a in a Northern Illinois University auditorium a man by the name of Steven Kazmierczak shot and killed five people while wounding 21 others before killing himself. His girlfriend later stated that he had recently been taking Prozac, Xanax and Ambien. Results from his toxicology

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