The Reasoning Behind Gun Control Laws

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This essay will look over the reasoning behind gun control laws and why there are a good thing to have, and it will also include a very interesting disagreement point as well. The current focus on the debate is whether or not the laws would be fair, and whether or not the laws are infringing on our second amendment rights. According to some research 83% of adults are in favor of required background checks for private and gun show sales, and 56% of adults were in favor of banning all assault-style weapons (Context, 2015). A more specific debate issue with gun control laws is whether or not they will be truly effective. In this essay we will be going over the wording of the second amendment, how guns have become progressively more dangerous, …show more content…
Banning guns will result in only the criminals having guns, and putting restrictions on gun ownership and or requiring a background check will make it harder for law-abiding citizens to obtain guns for their protection; both accounts are right but it would still save lives in the end. Gun control laws could help prevent the mass shooting and other miscellaneous attacks that occur when people who need mental help, don’t realize it and set off with a gun in hand because it was a convenient weapon for them to grab and rampage. According to the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, where there are more guns, there are more homicides as well. Where there are more guns available, it is more likely that a violent act will happen and become a deadly dispute (Hepburn, 2004). They did another inquiry where they used a proxy for firearm ownership and analyzed that ownership and homicide across all 50 states over a ten-year period (1988-1997.) Once they had controlled poverty, urbanization, and age groups, it was found that states with many guns had elevated rates of homicides, particular firearm homicides (Miller, 2002). Lastly, places that have tighter gun control laws have noticed a decrease in gun related crimes. The connection is hard to pinpoint, but the visible difference is an awful good start (Ehernfreund, …show more content…
This statement proves to be a myth, and here are a few others that typically come about when discussing gun control laws. “The bad guys, the criminals, don’t follow laws and restricting more of America’s freedoms when it comes to self-defense isn’t the answer.” -Sarah Palin, “…The challenge with gun laws is that by definition criminals do not follow the law. For example, Connecticut’s gun laws, some of the strictest in the nation, were not able to prevent this atrocity.” -Alex Conant, Marco Rubio’s spokesman. (ArmedWithReason, 2013). These quotes are implying that areas with more gun control laws should technically have more crime. This notion is also connected with the idea of gun free zones and that the only way to stop the criminal is with a good guy with a gun. Here’s a few information points that prove this dispositions

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