The Issue And Debate Of Gun Control Essay

1050 Words May 10th, 2016 5 Pages
“The United States leads the world in gun ownership, however, it is 103rd in homicide rate” (Guns in America, n.d.). Do guns do more good than harm? Do they protect us, or put us in more danger? Would criminals obey gun control laws? These are a few of the many questions asked when it comes to the issue and debate of gun control. Being able to have guns would benefit society as a whole in that citizens would be more protected, and they would have the ability to take action faster than the local police can respond.
The number of guns is constantly on the rise and along with that, the citizens of America have become safer. Many argue that lenient gun control laws and weak regulations on guns endanger the citizens of America rather than keep them safe. But do they? On average, there are about 2.5 million incidents a year involving a gun in the United States. However, of those 2.5 million incidents only about 32,000 of those are a homicide, suicide, or an accident. “Yearly, guns are used 80 times more to save a life rather than take one” (Guns in America, n.d.). Women also use guns, on average, 200,000 times a year to defend against sexual abuse (Guns in America, n.d.). Having guns in the households and hands of Americans across the country would not only keep more Americans safe, but also discourage criminals to commit as many crimes as they currently do each year. “Three out of five polled criminals say they would not mess with an armed victim” (Guns in America, n.d.).

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