Essay about Stop the Killing: Pass Gun Control Legislation Now
Two thirds of all U.S. murders in 1996 were committed with guns. How many of these tragedies could have been averted if the assailants had not had easy access to killing devices? We are left only to wonder. Guns-rights advocates argue that "Guns don't kill people; people kill people," but this contention simply cannot nullify the fact that guns provide us with a dangerous, potentially fatal outlet for our otherwise ephemeral passions. Simply put, firearms cause permanent consequences for what may be only a temporary problem, and although "people kill people," guns give them a quick way to do it before they have the chance to reconsider.
Some arguments of guns-rights supporters, however, are more difficult to dismiss. John Lott, a fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, holds that there are two million incidents every year in which guns are used defensively. These situations include the intimidation of people on the verge of public shooting sprees and mothers preventing their children from being kidnapped by car-jackers. While this point makes a strong case for the right to bear arms, it does not bolster the contention that there should not be tight restrictions on who can have a gun; after all, someone with a history to car-jacking or spraying bullets should not have this