Gun Control : The Highest Gun Crime Rate Essays
Last year then-Republican candidate Carly Fiorina claimed that states with strict gun laws had “the highest gun crime rate in the nation” (Robertson, 2015). The following month President Barack Obama stated that states with stricter gun laws “tend to have the fewest gun deaths” (Robertson, 2015). The West might have been won with a Smith & Wesson, but in our modern society guns are the subject of much debate. While some groups push for fewer guns and more gun control, others insist that increased gun control leads to increased crime. Both sides cite statistics in support of their views, yet experts who have reviewed the same data have concluded that the data is inconclusive. The contenders on both sides don’t ever address the other factors that contribute to crime, such as poverty, racial tensions, a strained and overworked police force, and the deterioration of family social structure. As a nation, we need to move beyond the never-ending debate over gun control. We need to work out a compromise that will help law enforcement put a stop to these terrible mass shootings while preserving Second Amendment rights.
The first modern American gun-control law was the National Firearm Act of 1934, and was passed in an effort to curb mass shooting of that time (The Washington Post, 2012). This law was followed by the National Firearms Act of 1938, the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, the Brady Handgun Violence Protection Act of 1993, and the…