Persuasive Essay On Gun Control Laws

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807 words
807 words

“About 99.8% of firearms and more than 99.6% of handguns will not be used to commit violent crimes in any given year" (National Gun Association [NRA], 1998). However, this said, many Americans still think guns are the problem. They think that guns kill and do nothing else. Their solution is to ban all guns, with more gun control laws, thus creating a happy, murder free, country. However, this can never happen. Throughout the United States, we see many cities and states implementing their own gun control laws. One of those cities is Washington D.C., “In 1976, the Washington, D.C. City Council passed a law generally prohibiting residents from possessing handguns and requiring that all firearms in private homes be (1) kept unloaded and (2) rendered …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that many americans still think that guns are the problem. their solution is to ban all guns, with more gun control laws, thus creating a happy, murder free, country.
  • Explains that chicago has the most gun control laws than any other place in the us, yet they have the highest crime and murder rate.
  • Explains that the united kingdom has been making gun control laws since 1920. the homicide rate in england and wales has averaged 52% higher since the outset of the 1968 law.
  • Explains that washington d.c., chicago, and the united kingdom all showed that gun control, banning guns, is a bad idea.

“In 1982, the city of Chicago instituted a ban on handguns. This ban barred civilians from possessing handguns except for those registered with the city government prior to enactment of the law. The law also specified that such handguns had to be re-registered every two years or owners would forfeit their right to possess them” (Agresti & Smith, 2015). After this ban was put in affect, murders by handguns rose 40% higher than before the ban and in 2005, 96% of the firearm murder victims in Chicago were killed with handguns. This shows that the ban, which was meant to lower murders caused by handguns didn’t work and actually rose the number of murders because people that could protect themselves with handguns were …show more content…

All places mentioned, had a rise in the murder rate after gun control laws were put in effect. Taking away peoples guns will not reduce crime, instead it will take away the chance for citizens to protect themselves. Gun control, though was said to lower crime, actually raised it. This is why it is important to have less gun control and more guns. States like Texas and Florida agree to this and by their actions, have helped make a big case that more guns equal less

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