England passed a law banning all handguns in 1997 following a school shooting(Malcolm). However, in 2002, handgun crime has more than doubled by nearly thirty-five percent since then(Malcolm). There are two flaws in the idea that England’s strict gun law is responsible for its low levels of crime. First, violence and armed crime was low before gun controls were implemented. Secondly, the long decline in the interpersonal violence ended in 1953, and violent crime has been escalating ever since then, despite increasingly strict gun regulations(Malcolm). The first serious gun control was imposed in 1920 not because of fear of crime, but rather due to fear of revolution(Malcolm). In the beginning of World War I, the government faced massive labor disruption, feared a Bolshevik revolution, and worried about the return of thousands of soldiers brutalized by an especially ferocious war. The new act required a prospective gun owner to obtain a certificate from the local police, who were responsible for determining whether the applicant was in good standing for possession of a firearm. Parliament was assured that the sole intention of the law was to keep weapons out of the hands of criminals and other dangerous persons.(Malcolm) Despite the fact that laws were implemented to remove guns from citizens, crime still increased, and most of the citizens had no way to defend themselves when held at range from a deadly combatant.
Gun Legislation in the United States has a long history. People always hear gun control or gun law in different news, and gun law keep improving every several years. Not all people really understand what the gun law had been changed and why the gun law had to update. Some people say that public awareness of control selling and possession a gun had been increased because of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy after November 22, 1963. In fact, some guns and ammunitions were regularly sold to any adult in stores or mail order magazines until 1968. Dennis Bulen confirms “In 1968, Congress passed the Gun Control Act, which prohibited mail-order sales and interstate sales of firearms by licensed dealers. This legislation also added convicted felons, persons who had been found mentally incompetent, and drug users to the list of persons banned from possessing firearms. Furthermore, it prohibited transfers of firearms to minors, limited access to “new” assault weapons, and set forth penalties and licensing requirements for manufacturers, importers, and dealers.” (Bulen, p. 215) This law gives indisputable and plenty of limit to own a gun. However, the history of the United States federal and state laws governing the private ownership of firearms can be traced back even further to 1791. The Second Amendment of the Constitution states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” (Bulen, p. 215)
prohibited mail-order sales and interstate sales of firearms by licensed dealers.
banned convicted felons, mentally incompetent people and drug users to possess firearms
set forth penalties and licensing requirements for manufacturers, importers, and dealers
limited access to “new” assault weapons
prohibited transfers of firearms to minors
In these current 13 years, gun laws usually updated new technological management systems and banned some more riskiness and advance model of gun, but fewer gun policies use to reduce gun violence. Gun laws used to ban some danger guns and gun units. For example, in 2004, Congress allows the 10-year old Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 banning the sale of 19 types of military-style assault weapons to expire. Also, gun silencer and suppressor, AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, the powerful 0.50-caliber BMG, and Browning machine gun rifle banned in 2005, 2016 and 2017. Moreover, the law included an amendment requiring all new guns to come with trigger locks in 2015. (Longley) Those laws do not have any effect to reduce gun violence.
In addition, some are new technological management system for example, on december 2004, Massachusetts becomes the first state to implement an electronic instant gun buyer background check system with fingerprint scanning for gun licenses and gun purchases. Gun control keeps updating, are they practical reduce gun violence
American have different opinion about efficiency of gun policies. Some say gun laws are effect
does strict gun control policies by the governments reduce gun crime rates
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The National Firearms Act, enacted in 1934, “All gun sales and gun manufactures were slapped with a $200 tax on each firearm, and all buyers were required to fill out paperwork subject to Treasury Dept. approval” (Milestones in Federal Gun Control Legislation). The National Firearms Act was not created to make money, but to lower the crime rate and make it impossible for people to buy and sell automatic-fire weapons. Today the government should create a different Act that will prevent certain guns from being sold to Americans and avoid certain citizens from owning guns. It should depend on where the person resides, if the person has a clean background, and passes the psychological evaluation. Once they qualify for gun ownership, they can be told what firearms they can and cannot own. For example, if an American wants to own a shotgun he should be able too. However, he has to have a clean background, be mentally stable and give reason as to why he wants a shotgun. Another example is if an American wants to own a Browning M2, the government should not be allowed him to own one. Machine guns should be banned although the armed forces can be the only ones who own them. Also, having control of who can sell firearms is important because the government can monitor and control what types of guns are being sold.
With this amount of guns in America, someone with the passion to kill someone or themselves, the most convenient way to commit suicide or kill someone would be to obtain one of the million guns across America.
Gun control laws can potential decrease passion crimes and suicides.
B. _ No
Some people believe that extremely tight gun control laws will eliminate crime, but gun control laws only prevent the ‘good guys’ from obtaining firearms. Criminals will always have ways of getting weapons, whether it be from the black market, cross borders, or illegal street sales. New gun control laws will not stop them. Since the shootings of Columbine High School, Virginia Tech, and Sandy Hook, the frequency of mass shootings has increased greatly. Gun control is not effective as it has not been shown to actually reduce the number of gun-related crimes. Instead of considering a ban of private firearm possession, and violating individual ownership rights, it may be more practical to consider the option of partially restricting firearm access.
Some believe that gun control laws reduce the incidence of violent crimes by reducing the number of firearms. There is a link between gun control and crime rates; the impact of gun control on the availability and accessibility of firearms and the effect of the prevalence of guns on the commission of crimes. In the political debate about gun control, high crime rates provide a powerful rationale for passing more restrictive gun laws(Moorhouse, Wanner 2006). Studies show that the empirical analysis provides no support for the contention that gun control reduces crime rates.
The reason gun control may be ineffective may be because that gun control simply does not influence the behavior of criminals in their efforts to obtain and use firearms. Law abiding citizens can be expected to conform to the law and obtain permits, register guns, and enroll in gun safety courses. In contrast, there would be no surprise if it were found that criminals regularly violate the law by purchasing guns on illegal black markets or through theft.
Contemporary gun measures typically attempt to influence the process of purchasing firearms at the point of sale between licensed dealers and their customers. Background checks, waiting periods, and registrations are part of a gun purchase process. The stock of privately owned firearms is large relative to annual sales. Firearms are also passed down through generations of family members, bought and sold, traded, parted out, and given away among friends, acquaintances, and strangers. It would be difficult, or near impossible, to constrain and regulate the transfer of firearms between two different groups. Gun control, although appearing to deal directly with the problem, may be a blunt instrument for reducing crime. Gun control may have significant consequences, such as violating certain ownership rights and civil liberties issues.
Gun crime in America has become a big issue. We are barraged by news outlets with story after story showing the wide use of guns in horrific and tragic crimes. These crimes all too often end in single if not multiple deaths. Politicians and law makers are constantly trying to find ways to reduce these crimes and keep the public safe. Unfortunately their ideas or methods involve some measure meant at reducing or eliminating the public’s access to guns. This method only infringes on the basic and most significant of all American rights, the right to keep and bear arms, as defined in the second amendment. It also takes guns from honest law abiding citizens and puts them in the hands of the criminals committing these crimes. One of the effective way to reduce gun crime and unnecessary gun deaths is through education, not more gun control legislation. This education should begin at the beginning, by defining the where gun rights came from and the need for these rights.
Today, more so than ever, we have a great need to protect our families and property from those who wish to take it away or do us harm. A lot of the public is unaware of the crimes being committed on a daily basis. They are even more unaware of how many crimes are stopped or prevented by private gun owners. “Americans use guns for self-defense as often as 2.5 million times a year…that’s three to five times more often than they are misused by criminals” ( Kleck, Gary and Gertz, Marc). Educating people to the fact that firearms are used for far more good than bad, would help the perception of guns. This would also show that it is more important to allow gun ownership, rather than restricting it. If we look at international examples we will see more reason for not restricting gun ownership.
History has shown when counties begin to restrict or eliminate guns in the hands of its citizen’s crime rate increases. The United States is ranked number 1 in the world for gun ownership approximately 89% of Americans owns a gun (Karp, Aaron). This would make one think America must be number one in violent crime as well. While America leads the world in gun ownership, countries such as Honduras and El Salvador lead the world in homicide rates (Karp, Aaron). According to The Telegraph, UK news outlet, the UK has some of the strictest gun laws in the EU. But even with these strict gun laws “there are over 2,000 crimes recorded per 100,000 population” compared to Americas “estimated rate of 466 violent crimes per 100,000 population”. If there is any correlation with gun laws and crime, it is the stricter the gun laws the higher the violent crime rate. Strict gun laws and higher crime is not limited to citizens. Governments have used strict gun laws to commit crimes against their citizens.