More Gun Control

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More Gun Control One of the biggest issues in the United States that I would change would be gun control. The government is constantly proposing legislation for more and more gun control. Slowly they are chipping away at our constitutional right to keep and bear arms. You must ask yourself: For what reason does the government want to restrict law-abiding citizens from owning guns? Certainly government is not so naive to think criminals will adhere to gun control laws. There just may be an underlying motive for gun control. After all, people would be easier to control if they were defenseless. Few public policy debates have been as dominated by emotion and misinformation as the one on gun control. Banning guns to reduce crime makes as much sense as banning alcohol to reduce drunk driving. Indeed, convincing evidence shows that civilian gun ownership can be a powerful deterrent to crime. In 1966 the police in Orlando, Florida, responded to a rape epidemic by drafting a highly publicized program to train 2,500 women in firearm use. The next year rape fell by 88 percent in Orlando (the only major city to experience a decrease that year); burglary fell by 25 percent (Williams). Actually, of the 2,500 women not one ended up firing her weapon; the deterrent effect of the publicity sufficed. Five years later Orlando's rape rate was still thirteen percent below the pre-program level, whereas the surrounding standard metropolitan area had suffered a 308 percent increase. During a 1974 police strike in Albuquerque armed citizens patrolled their neighborhoods and shop owners publicly armed themselves; felonies dropped notably. In March 1982 Kennesaw, Georgia enacted a law requiring members ... ... middle of paper ... ...mating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands that feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen (Samuel Adams)". I could not have said it better. By allowing the government to take away our right to keep and bear arms, we are setting the precedence for the abolishment of all our rights and the eradication of the Constitution of these United States of America. Bibliography: Williams, Rodger. Rape. New York: Glenman, 1970. Hagar, Stephen. "Gun Control and Crime: Effects in different countries." Idaho Statesman 25 March 1999, sec C: 2. Pro-Control Police Foundation. Domestic Homicides. Kansas City, Kansas: Pro- Control Police Foundation, 1977.
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