The Issue Of Gun Control Essay

1330 Words Jul 30th, 2015 null Page
This week we were confronted with yet one more horrifying crime as we heard of another incident where an older white male, with reported mental issues, shot up theater patrons as they watched the premier of a new release. The first reaction of Pro-gun control proponents was to call for a ban on guns and to eliminate gun ownership by the public. I believe eliminating gun ownership to the public will not prevent criminal violence or mass murder.
If we take a look at the individuals committing violent crimes, we find that criminals and the mentally unstable are the major contributors to these offenses. However, according to the Gun Control Act (GCA) of 1968, criminals and the mentally unstable are not permitted to purchase guns lawfully. Therefore, any gun found in their possession is considered illegal. In support of my beliefs, although the GCA states that both a person who has been diagnosed or judged to have a mental defect and criminals are incapable of purchasing a firearm, Jeffrey Roth with the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) reports, “Those who use guns in violent crimes rarely purchase them directly from licensed dealers; most guns used in crime have been stolen or transferred between individuals after the original purchase.” Currently there is no method of tracking illegal firearms. They are illegal because they are not trackable. If we look at guns used in violent crimes, we find the percentage of illegally obtained firearm use is higher than…

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