Gun Control Laws Do More Harm Than Good Essay

1368 Words Apr 18th, 2016 6 Pages
In recent years, gun control has been one of the most controversial and debated subjects around. My stance is that heavy gun control laws do more harm than good. Now, today more than ever it seems impossible to pick up a newspaper or turn on the TV without seeing some tragic event being reported by the media in relation to gun violence. Unfortunately, to grab as much viewership as possible, facts are often skewed or ignored, and gun control is blamed. Contrary to what the media would have you believe, stern gun control laws will not prevent mass shootings, detour criminals, nor will it make our neighborhoods any safer. After the Sandy Hook and San Bernardino shootings where 20 first-graders and 14 county workers lost their lives, victims and the media painted a picture that stiffer gun control laws would have averted such a massacre. However, this could not be further from the truth. Being that both weapons were legally purchased after proper background checks, and then stolen by the shooters, no gun control laws could inhibit such a tragedy. In addition, California and Connecticut already have some of the strictest gun control laws in the country. It can be contended that lax gun control laws could essentially have prevented such events. For example: In 1997 a high school shooting in Pearl, Miss. was halted by the school’s vice principal after he retrieved a Colt .45 he kept in his truck. Then again on January 16, 2002 at Appalachian School of Law, where three current…

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