Gun Control Is Not Crime Control Essay

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Gun Control is not Crime Control Americans are faced with an ever-increasing problem of violence. The streets of America are now a war zone. Teenage gangsters murder one another for drug territory, and innocent victims are caught in the crossfire. However, most recent and most abhorrent, is our children are killing one another. They are killing with extreme prejudice. Our children are killing, exhibiting little or no remorse for lives they have taken. We cannot ignore the carnage our society endures due to the criminal behavior of a minority, obviously lacking the basic moral behavior regarding human life. Nevertheless, we must not be misguided in our efforts to address the problem at hand. To eliminate the right of citizens to own …show more content…
The infamous “Crime Bill,” banned nineteen specified firearms, as well as foreign copies of the same. It has been five years since the ban, and the drug trade has flourished. The senseless killing for turf continues. We are at war with the drug cartels around the world. The country is now debating the legalization of drugs as a means to ending the madness. The restrictions on firearms did not have the intended affect on crime expected by millions of Americans. America is now turning to the real cause of the crime, the dealers, and the users of drugs. The failure of more firearm restrictions opened the door for the debate over the legalization of drugs. Kurt Schmoke states, “ The violence brought about by the black market in drugs is attributable in large part to the fact that we have chosen to make criminals out of millions of people who have a disease.” The idealism that “we” as a society have made criminals is flawed. The vast majority of Americans choose not to use drugs. The legalization of drugs will shift our resources from enforcement to treatment. This is only a shift in policy, not a solution to the problem. William Bennett points out, “ Even limited experiments in drug legalization have shown that when drugs are more widely available, addiction sky rockets.” Drug addiction and the black market drug trade has

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