Why Do Gun Control Laws Decrease Violent Crime?

Superior Essays
Despite the United States wanting to introduce condemning gun policies, by implementing gun control laws, it will not show a decrease in violent crime because it has been proven in other nations around the world as well as in cities with restrictive gun ownership laws and gun bans in the United States. In the United States, 79% of men and 80% of women feel that possessing a firearm makes them feel like they are less likely to become a victim of violent crime (“The Truth About Mass Shootings and Gun Control”). By introducing these restrictive gun control laws, the average law-abiding, American citizen will become vulnerable. Annually 1,500 criminals are killed each year by armed citizens (“How are Guns Being Used by Americans Each Year”). …show more content…
Although with this staggering number of guns, the United States has shown that gun violence does not directly correlate with the amount of firearms the citizens have in their possession with 1.3% of all deaths in the united states occurring from the use of a gun (“How Are Guns Being Used by Americans Each Year”). These facts prove that gun violence is not caused by the gun in question, but however the people who commit the crime. In the nine European nations with the lowest gun ownership, in total they had a combined murder rate three times more than the nine European nations with the highest gun ownership (“How Are Guns Being Used by Americans Each Year”). This being just one of many examples, represents that the fewer gun owners there are does not relate to a decreased number of homicides and suicides. For example, in the nation of Lithuania, which has a very low number of privately owned firearms, has a suicide rate of 45.06 people per every 100,000 people being one of the nations with the highest amount of suicides annually. On the contrary, the United States, which has a very high number of privately owned firearms compared to the rest of the world, has a suicide rate of 12.1 people per every 100,000 people (“How Are Guns Being Used by Americans Each Year”). These statistics prove that although gun control laws may restrict the number of gun owners, it does not prevent a …show more content…
Although many may say that restricting gun ownership is necessary for the protection of these citizens, most who were surveyed disagree. A study was performed that showed that 57% of law-abiding American citizens say taking away this promised right will create a tyrannical government by allowing them to abuse their authority as a leader of the United States (“The Truth About Mass Shootings and Gun Control”). By limiting the ability for a citizen to purchase a firearm , it will be suppressing this right promised to the citizens by the founding fathers of the United States to be able to purchase and wield a firearm when it becomes necessary for them to protect themselves and their family. Not only will limiting or restricting the purchase of a firearm suppress a law-abiding citizens second amendment right, it will also fail to reach the desired outcome of decreasing the amount of violent crimes committed with a gun for which it was implemented. In the town of Kennesaw, Georgia, the local government enacted a law which required all citizens of Kennesaw to have a firearm in their household. This controversial law showed an 89% drop in burglaries in Kennesaw and an 85% drop in crime throughout all of Georgia (“How Are Guns Being Used by Americans Each Year”). The statistics of this

Related Documents

  • Superior Essays

    Ineffective Gun Control

    • 1747 Words
    • 7 Pages

    The homicide rates have increased in Washington, D.C., Chicago, and New Orleans even though the overall homicide rate has decreased. There are forty percent of gun purchases at gun shows without background checks. Also, fifty-five percent of Americans prefer to have tighter regulations on gun sales. On the contrary, The National Rifle Association does not approve of having tighter regulations and will fight this issue (Warner). The National Instant Criminal Background Check system is run by the FBI.…

    • 1747 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    In the past few decades, firearms have had a big impact on society. These impacts have been both good and evil, and have caused controversy on the topic of gun ownership. Some groups, such as the Brady Campaign, would like to see gun control laws take away some rights and restrict others, whereas the National Rifle Association would like to protect gun rights and educate society on the use of firearms. Both sides want to stop the problem of gun violence, but protecting gun rights is the only way to truly insure public safety. Gun control will not be able to stop the use of guns, and it will put citizens in an unfair situation where they cannot protect themselves.…

    • 1808 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    In fact, many adults were surveyed by a "Pew Research Survey" and 83% of all adults supported background checks and bans on assault weapons with a high magazine capacity. Banning guns with a high mag capacity could prevent mass shootings because it makes it harder to kill many people at once ("Should more gun control laws be enacted?"). Also, most people like to save money, or even just like money. If more laws were enacted, those laws could save every citizen and the government lots of money in tax revenue. According to the "Pacific Insitute for Reasearch" each person in the U.S. loses $564 per year and the government loses $5.5 billion per year paying for gun related crimes.…

    • 1980 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Department of Labor, 1/8/2014). There are also about 80,000,000 gun owning citizens. “The police, on average, have an error rate of about 11% when responding to a crime, meanwhile, armed citizens have an average error rate of only 2%” (Newsweek, 3/13/10). Having possession of firearms in the hands of everyday citizens, is statistically proved to prevent death or any kind of harm.“The police respond and kill around 600 criminals a year, while armed citizens kill around 1,600” (Guns in America, n.d.). “On average, 14.3 deaths occur at a shooting rampage stopped by the police.…

    • 1050 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    One of these arguments is that there are lower gun homicide rates in states without stand your ground laws. It is shown that states without the stand your ground laws, there was a 1.52 (per 100,000) lower gun homicide rate than in states with them. Another thing is that people think that by having more background checks then that will reduce the amount of guns that make it to criminals. In reality, criminals will find a way, and already do. About 40% of gun sales are made by unlicensed sellers (nationaljournal.com), so if someone is unable to get a gun, all they have to do is go to one of these people to get one.…

    • 2068 Words
    • 9 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Since banning the weapons, their murder rates have drastically decreased. These terrible murders will not stop until America decides to make a change in the gun laws. There are about 290 million guns in American citizens’ hands; most are legally owned, but about the same amount are illegally owned. Every year, roughly 4 million new firearms enter the market. Gun access is extremely easy because of the large amount of guns in…

    • 843 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    The Policy Of Gun Control

    • 1799 Words
    • 7 Pages

    270,000,000 guns are owned by Americans. That means 22% of people have a firearm in their possession. 464,033 deaths were reported last year from firearms, and guns were the leading cause of homicidal deaths. In all deaths combined, firearms placed 12th (“Guns in America”). People would argue that rifles and higher powered firearms should be banned not handguns, but records show that handguns cause more death than the high powered weapons.…

    • 1799 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    This study also shows at state levels that the largest drops in violent crimes are when there is an increase in gun ownership. The National Rifle Association (NRA), said that guns are used for self-defense approximately two and a half million times a year. Pew research stated that gun control would make it more difficult for people to protect the families and their homes. Executive Vice President of the NRA, Wayne LaPierre, quoted “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun”. In May 2013 a survey found that forty-eight percent of convicted felons omitted that they avoided committing crimes when they knew their victims would be armed with a…

    • 1966 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Superior Essays

    Stricter Gun Control

    • 1673 Words
    • 7 Pages

    Studies have shown that the U.S. has the highest rate of firearm deaths among 25 high-income nations. Although American society has become used to high levels of gun deaths and injuries, gun violence is abnormal and should not be an accepted part of life in a developed society. Americans own guns for self-protection, but studies have repeatedly shown that having a gun in the house increases the risk of firearm-related death or injury to a household member. According to “Stronger Gun Control Laws Will Save Lives” by Christine Watkins, when a person keeps a gun in the house they are more likely to be involved in an accidental shooting, criminal assault, or suicide attempt than use it to injure or kill an intruder for…

    • 1673 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    This is then compared to the 8,124 murders that took place the very same year. If you look at the facts, firearms are over 300 times more likely to stop crime, than to cause a crime. If guns were to be taken away from these citizens, murder rates would rise, and the chance to stop crime would drop immensely. In 2015, a tragic terrorist attack occurred in San Bernardino, California. Despite this states intense gun control, an attack was still carried out.…

    • 1304 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Improved Essays