Guns Vs. People

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Guns vs People
“Guns don’t kill people; people kill people”. It is a phrase often heard among the opponents to gun control in the United States. Weapons have been seen as an element of subsistence or defense against any threat, and every day we hear or see related violent crimes involving firearms. Even though police have made a great effort to control the rate of violence in some cities or towns, the situation is coming out of their hands. Through history, there have been some events and series of crimes in the United States which led the creation of laws that regulate or prohibit the use of weapons. Although, the use of guns was common during the Colonia, the gun 's use was restricted to avoid Native American or slaves ' insurrections. Later,
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Therefore, gun control opponents claim that the immediate protection should be for all, not just for a few people like delinquents. In fact, the second amendment of the U.S constitution gives people the right to self defense. The amendment reads “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”. The National Rifle Association (NRA) is an organization that was created in 1871 and promotes the right of citizens to own guns. According to Wayne La Pierre, NRA Executive Vice President, what America should do against violence is “Teaching safe and responsible gun ownership”, also he claims that “Independent studies, including a study from the former President Clinton Justice Department, proved that the ban had no impact on lowering crime”. In the article “ Gun Control, Myths and Realities written by David Lampo , the 31 states that authorize the use of concealed weapons have reduced, on average, their crime rate in 24%. Consequently, guns help to control maintain low rates of …show more content…
Like America, Europe has suffered a series of massacres than have made to tighten up its gun law. Indeed, to have stricter laws on gun control, does not guarantee that massacres or shootings will disappear; but at least, a restriction on the use of weapons reduces deaths by firearms, which have a higher number of death compared to other kind of crime. Even though Americans pro-gun consider that tough law in Europe did not reduce the crime rates, Europeans still have lower crime statistics compared to America. For example, Britain tightened its laws after a shooting incident in Scotland in 1996, increasing the procedures for obtaining a firearm, as a result, crime rates fell. Most countries in the European Union have rigid laws regarding the use of weapons but countries like the Czech Republic and Serbia are far more flexible rules that allow free use of firearms. The results are different for the two countries, while the Czech Republic has very low crime statistics, Serbia has a high level of violence compared with the other countries of the European Union. Then we can determine that the low crime rate depends on the gun culture that each country

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