Essay about Gun Control Is Not The Solution

1420 Words Jun 2nd, 2016 6 Pages
Gun Control Is Not The Solution
Gun control is a highly controversial topic with very extreme viewpoints. Gun control advocates believe that gun control laws take guns out of the hands of the criminals and thus decreases gun violence. Those that are anti-gun control would argue that guns control laws do not affect criminals because they obtain guns illegally but instead infringe on the rights of law abiding citizens who are trying to protect themselves. Whether or not the Founding Fathers had foresight into the amount of gun violence that would occur in the future, the Second Amendment was written to protect citizens in their right to bear arms and is thus our constitutional right.
Contrary to the belief of gun control advocates, gun control regulations do not reduce the violent crime rate. As the numbers of "assault weapons" and "large" magazines have soared to all-time highs, violent crime has been cut in half since 1991 to a 42-year low, including a 52% drop in the nation 's murder rate (“A Ban on Assault Weapons Would Not Reduce Crime” 8). This decrease in violent crimes occurred at a time when gun purchases were on the rise leading to the belief that gun ownership is actually contributing to a decline rather than an increase in violent crimes. In other words, with more citizens armed with guns, criminals are less likely to commit a violent crime for fear of retaliation by a potential victim. Additionally, according to data retrieved from the Centers for Disease…

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