If an individual carries a gun, then, it would not count as a violence against others because amendment gave right to the people of the United States. Second pro side of the gun control law is, More gun control laws would reduce gun deaths. Between 1999 and 2013, there were total of 464,033 gun deaths. 270,237 people did suicides which is 58.2% of total deaths, 174,773 people were murdered, which is 37.7% of total death and 9,983 people were unintentionally deaths which is 2.2% of the total death. Guns were the leading cause of death by homicide and suicide.
Last I checked, murder is against the law everywhere. No one intent on murder will be stopped by the prospect of committing a lesser crime like illegal possession of a firearm.”(Stossel) Gun control laws will not have an effect on criminals who intend to commit these acts, and it will hurt the normal citizens who won’t be able to protect themselves and make the criminal’s job easier. Even if the government tried to ban guns and put strict gun laws in place it would take a very long time to have any affect because there are still so many guns owned in the U.S. and criminals can easily get their hands on them. “There are close to 300 million privately owned firearms in the U.S. Even if Congress passed a law banning the sale of firearms tomorrow it would be decades before the supply of guns decreased significantly, especially considering that many guns are operational 100 years or more after they’re manufactured.”(Tucci) Criminals will still be able to get weapons if they need and some will even prosper from selling more of the weapons to other criminals who need them.
The intended victim pointed a handgun at the man who quickly fled her home. These people along with over 2.5 million others protect themselves from potentially dangerous situations. Television media can be misleading to the millions of American citizens who watch it. Out of the 653 gun policy stories twelve have been reported on TV (Outgunned.9). While the reporters and newspaper crew make interesting stories out of several school shootings, they leave out millions of times citizens use guns to stop crime each year.
Background checks are a good thing to enforce when a person is trying to buy a gun to see if a person has a criminal record to even be trusted with a gun. It is possible that while doing so it will help diminish or prevent crime done with a firearm. Even if the government made it mandatory not every single person would obey that law. For example, Jacob Tyler Roberts who stole an AR-15 made by Stag Arms and killed two people in Portland, Oregon, he found a way to get ahold of a gun without by one legally and getting a background check. Richard Poplawski, an ex U.S. Marine who killed his mom, 3 police officers, and left another officer one wounded.
The Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy states that nations with more guns actually have lower crime rates. All these tragedies that happen with massacres and murders of children and schools are putting all the blame on the guns and not the people. Everyone knows the government is just trying to protect us but they are going about it in a way where they change our rights as citizens. I’m afraid one day I won’t be able to go hunting because some psycho maniac ruined it for all of us by going on a killing spree. Most the people that murder have mental issues caused by severe depression.
To the contrary, robbery and assault victims who used a gun were less likely to be attacked or suffer injury, “Neither a martial art skills nor chemical sprays provide a real option for victims faced by attackers who are stronger or armed” (Kates). People feel safer when they carry a concealed weapon because they feel that criminals will avoid attacking them. Citizens want to conceal carry a handgun because every day there are dangerous individuals who prey on the weak. In addition to that, concealed handguns are an effective non-lethal form of self defense a majority of the time. Gary Kleck from the Federal Bureau of Investigation “estimated that, 2 million to 2.5 million victims annually use handguns to repel criminal attackers” (Kates).
A study conducted during the year 2000 showed that U.S. citizens use guns to defend themselves roughly 989,983 times a year (Agresti & Smith, 2010). These statistics show several different uses for guns, and that guns can be used for negative or positive reasons. It is the operator of the handgun who determines whether it will be used as recreation, such as target shooting and hunting or as a murder weapon or as self-defense. It is sad to see the way society views handguns as an awful epidemic, but laws banning handguns are missing the point. Laws cannot make the decision of how the handgun will be used for the owner of a handgun.
Deaths from these shootings plummeted on average by 90%, injuries by 82%." A Pew survey has found that 57% of people feel that owning a gun protects them from becoming a victim. The world-famous journalist John Stossel states, “Criminals don 't obey the law… Without the fear of retaliation from victims who might be packing heat, criminals in possession of these [illegal] weapons now have a much easier job… As the saying goes, if guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.” Guns, whether in the hands of criminals or responsible citizens, will always be around. Many substances have been banned throughout all of America, however, that does not stop people from obtaining that item. So responsible citizens carrying a gun for safety reasons helps to stop more deaths from occurring and helps to maintain a saver environment for all
They have a point, but only if guns are put into the wrong hands. A lot of shootings possibly could not have happened if gun control was stricter, but the guns were not the problem it was the people. An example is that in the killing at Sandy Hook the criminal had stolen guns registered to his mother. She had passed the background checks and he had obtained his hands on the guns. People are always going to get their hands on guns because there are too many guns in the world.
The reason for the wait is to make sure no criminals or mentally disturbed people purchase handguns. Did that really solve any of the problems? I don't think so. The law only prevented 45,000 people from getting guns. That number doesn't even compare to the number of deaths caused by handguns.