Essay on Just Take Away Their Guns

1216 Words May 22nd, 2016 null Page
In James Q. Wilson’s essay “Just Take Away Their Guns," he expresses how more authoritarian control over guns would not have the best outcome in comparison to actually implementing methods on reducing illegal firearms on the street. Wilson argues that in order to fulfill a peaceful nation, there would have to be a nation wide sequestration of firearms. Although, that could potentially solve and reduce crime, it would also be infringing on the rights of a lot of gun owners. Perhaps more importantly, the right to self defense would be limited, as most people use a weapon as a means of self defense. While making more stringent laws regarding guns could be a potential way of reducing crimes, firearms will, and always be a means of protection when it comes to self defense. Furthermore, a criminal is unlikely to obey any new law pertaining guns, as statistics show their means of getting guns is unlawful. The argument here is whether strict laws would have an impact on society, or would it simply be affecting law abiding citizens. Wilson argues, the “legal restraints on the lawful purchase of guns will have little effect on the illegal use of guns” due to the amount of criminals who have access to illegal weapons that swamp our streets (Wilson). The author starts out by including statistical information regarding the amount of guns in the United States which comes out to an average of “200 million guns in private ownership”. He also list the ratio of lawfully purchased guns to…

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