Jan 25, 2018 518 Words 2 Pages
The Debate on Gun Control
The debate concerning gun control has recently become as popular as ever. People question if guns are really necessary. Some wonder that if the government regulates who has the right to own a gun crime rates and death could decrease in the Unites States. Others believe that guns aren’t to blame for deaths; “guns don’t kill people, people kill people”. How can we conclude which side is right if they both strongly believe in their argument There are always two sides to an argument; the only way to know which is right is to look at the facts.
Gun Control means that the government will regulate the sale and ownership of firearms. Therefore, before getting a permit to carry a gun you will get a detailed background check to make sure you are not an ex-felon or anything that could be a threat. This sounds great to many people, but there is one snag in the plan; criminals will not get their guns registered. If the government begins to regulate ownership of guns, it will not stop criminals from owning one.
Since 1950, every public mass shooting (with the exception of one) in the U.S. has occurred in a place where guns are prohibited to carry. Some people just believe this is a coincidence, or that it is just ironic. This is not the case. People who are in charge of the mass shootings want to feel as though they have control of the situation, and if they are the only one carrying a gun they will have the upper hand in the situation. There is a reason why people attack in a place where it is illegal to carry guns, you would not walk into a police station carrying a gun because you would not have control and you would have no chance. Owning a gun can mean having control.
Although many people look at guns as a threat, they can actually end up saving your life. On average, 14.3 people are killed in a mass shooting when stopped by police; only 2.3 people are killed when stopped by a civilian. Guns are made to protect people. For example, police officers have a gun for protective purposes. Guns are what keep them safe! Some people think that carrying a gun around is setting yourself up, but honestly that could not be farther from the truth. For instance, we wear a seat belt every day when we are in a car. Seat belts are made to protect you just in case you were to get into a crash. Now think of a gun as a seat belt. People carry guns around because they want to be protected just in case something was to happen. Guns are made to help. It’s the people carrying the gun who decide how they want to use it.
“Gun control=crime control” Many people find this to be reasonable. I mean less guns means less crime, which is not hard to understand. Although many people find that to make sense, it is actually the other way around. Take Chicago as an example; Chicago has
the strictest gun control in the nation, but Chicago has the highest murder rate in the nation too. If we truly believe that gun control could work then Chicago should be the safest place in the nation. And if Chicago is how we want to shape our nation after casualties will surely increase, and that is not what we want. “Gun control=an increase of deaths”.
Our president, whom many people look up to, believes that we should regulate guns. This is ironic, because President Barack Obama is always surrounded by men carrying guns so he will not be harmed. And just in case an event was to happen he would be protected because of those men carrying guns. Although people don’t always use guns the right way, other people are, and those other people can end up saving your life. It is not the gun that kills people; it is the man standing behind it pulling the trigger.
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