Gun Control As It Should Be Criminology Essay

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Gun control in the United States has been a major controversy for quite a while. Many people have begun to question the Second Article in the United States Constitution. It states that the citizens of the United States have the right to bear arms. The people of the United States have begun to become unsure of the idea of the gun ownership right due to murders and robberies that have previously happened in the past few years. However, gun control should not be regulated as heavily as these select people wish for it to become. Murders and criminal activity involving guns can be avoided if handled the correct way. Guns do not kill people, violent and angry people kill people. These are the people whose firearm ownership rights should be taken away from. Guns can be very helpful to people and aren't dangerous when certain precautions are taken for safety, but the government wants to set up laws to take away this freedom. The government should not be allowed to strip United States citizens of their right to bear arms or regulate certain types of guns allowed under any circumstances.

The Second Amendment was set into place for people to have protection against people who may intrude into their house and for protection for a potential government uprising. This law was set into place for a reason. People need the protection they deserve from their rights that their forefathers gave them. The government is trying to put extremely high regulations on the purchase and gun ownership in America. This includes the types of guns you can buy and the ammunition that can be used in them If this happens, there will be many protests and turmoil from people who disagree with the idea of taking away the right to gun ownership and freedom.

For many years people have been able to live in harmony with their guns and the rest of civilization. This goes all the way back to when the first gun was created in 1364. (History of Firearms). It was normal for a person to carry a firearm around with him wherever he went and nobody got anxious or nervous. Now, if somebody were to walk around with a gun on their person, people would find this dangerous and threatening. Most likely they would call the police on the person and have him charged with threatening the community. People have changed over the years to where they now always see guns as a threat above anything else and believe that the person carrying the gun is a murderer. The guns have stayed basically the same. They all still shoot and they all have triggers and ammunition. People are the ones who have changed. Some now don't see anything wrong with shooting somebody or robbing somebody while pointing a gun at them. People like these who serve a threat to society should not be allowed access to guns and should be monitored closely.

Any person can purchase a firearm after an extensive background check is performed and there are no convictions against them prohibiting them from making a firearm purchase. Many people have taken advantage of this privilege and have purchased a gun for recreational purposes or protection. People need to have access to firearms to help protect themselves and their families from dangerous situations. "A 1993 survey of 4,977 households found that at least 0.5% of households had members who had used a gun for defense purposes. This accounts to 162,000 such incidents per year." (Gun Control-Just Facts). Sometimes cops and other authorities cannot make it to the scene in time to help the people out of their situation. This is why Americans need access to their weapons. More lives could possibly be lost due to the loss of the right to bear arms. This is the last thing Americans need. Over the years more and more Americans have been purchasing firearms and weapons for these purposes.


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Some people want to blame murders and killings on guns, but this isn't always the case. "Roughly 16,272 murders were committed in the United States during 2008. Of these, about 10,886 of 67% of these were committed with firearms." (Gun Control-Just Facts.) If a person wants to kill another person bad enough, he or she doesn't need a gun to get the job done. In fact, even if the government regulated more rules on gun control, these criminals would find a way to get their hands on a gun. A black marked for guns would most likely soon develop right after the government issues more regulations. If a person wanted to get a gun, they would get a gun. It is the same concept of drugs. They're illegal and people aren't allowed to use them, but everywhere in the United States, people are buying and selling illegal drugs. As soon as a gun law was created and passed, a black market would be created and guns and ammunition would be sold everywhere all over the United States. It's just common sense that even the most unintelligent person could conceive. Even now, with the strict laws the government has set in place for gun regulations, murderers still find guns and use them to kill people or threaten and rob them. Honestly, is it expected that a mass murderer will hand over all of his guns and weapons willingly and the world will go on peacefully and everyone will be happy? That is nearly impossible. Criminals will be happy to know that most Americans are stripped of their possession rights and they will be able to do whatever they want. Corruption and many other awful things will happen. Gun rights need to remain in America the way that they are today but more precautions should be placed on the buying and selling of guns. The guns should be monitored so that people cannot sell them to criminals and the government should take greater precautions when they give a gun to somebody. Just because some people take advantage of the right and mistreat the privilege, everyone else shouldn't have to lose their rights.

All of these controversies are happening because of recent shooting like the Sandy Hook and the Batman Premier Shooting. If you look at the people who are doing the killing, almost all of them have some kind of mental disability. They shouldn't have been given a gun in the first place. The government should have been watching that more closely. Another thing is, just because you take away guns doesn't mean that you are taking away a person's ability to kill. If they want to kill, they will do it. Almost any object can be used as a murder weapon. Guns are not the sources for killing.

Look at the Sandy Hook shooting for example. In the Sandy Hook shooting, a crazy man walked into an elementary school and murdered small children and a few teachers also. He then proceeded to shoot himself. The teachers had no protection for themselves or the children because they are prohibited from having weapons on a school campus. However, if teachers had been allowed to have guns, imagine how the outcome of the shooting would have been. Lives would have been saved and a pointless massacre could have been avoided. But since weapons are banned, while waiting for the police, many died and were injured. The whole thing could have been avoided had teachers been allowed their right to bear arms on a school grounds.

(Washington Post)

Out of all other developed countries, America has the highest murder rate. This doesn't have anything to do with the fact that the other countries don't have access to weapons, because they do. This has everything to do with the people in the country and how they are raised. America has a lot of people who have built up anger and so do other countries, the only difference is that the other countries citizens don't go around shooting their people when they get angry. America has this problem all of the time. Americans kill other Americans to steal money from them or because they are just angry at the people. They also kill people because they have been made fun of and have gone to the edge. Americans are mean people if they are not raised properly with the right morals. However, if they are raised properly, Americans can be nice and caring people who follow the law and don't attack or hurt other people. It is all about how somebody is raised. The people who follow the law and would never hurt a person should not be punished because of the characteristics that the violent people possess. It isn't right and it definitely isn't fair to the people who have always followed the law and have never done anything to deserve their rights to be taken away from them.

In centuries before, guns have been used for hunting and recreational purposes such as rifle teams and shooting clubs. People have formed organizations such as the National Rifle Association. This shows that guns are used for many things other than just shooting and killing people. Guns have always been used as means to provide dinner for people and put food on the table but more importantly, as protection. This is important now because America has become more and more dangerous over the years. People will rob people for practically anything or just for fun. At times like this, people do not need to be left empty handed and defenseless. That would be unjust to the people at the blunt end of the deal.

A lot of people in America have grown up with a gun in their house with them. It is a lifestyle almost. People born in the south would keep guns to protect their livestock from intruders like animals such as coyotes and foxes or to protect their families. If a person who grew up in a family who believed that guns were a means of defense was stripped of their right to own certain types of guns or any guns at all, that would infuriate them. They have done nothing but treat the law seriously. Many people have grown up in homes like this. These people would be mad.

Shootings and murders get people into a stir and they go crazy trying to ban everything. In reality, this is extremely absurd. If you look at response times for police, you would see that it takes minutes to get to the scene but it only takes a second to pull a trigger. In the time the police showed up, awful things would have happened when if those people had been allowed to have a gun, they could have had effective protection for themselves. Police aren't that reliable when you could have more effective self protection and live. The laws that the president wants to pass wont be helpful to the law abiding c citizens of the United States, only to the unlawful. The robbers and murderers will know the law followers will turn over their guns and obey the laws. They will also know that this will leave those people unprotected and vulnerable. This would be the perfect scenario for them to rob a house or murder a family of people. Crime rates would literally shoot through the roof and the government will have nobody to blame but themselves for thinking a gun banning law would actually help this country. The president should know better than to pass a law like this.

Some people just don't like guns. This is understandable because if placed into the wrong hands, they can be deadly and dangerous. However, with proper training and handling, guns can be used for many things. For example, if a person were taught how to use a gun properly and were trained correctly, they would be much safer to be around than a person who had never used a gun before and didn't know the proper way to use a gun. This could be helped by creating a few classes and tests that should be required to purchase a gun. If the government set up a class that had instructors who could teach people proper gun etiquette, good things could come of it. For example, during class time the students can be monitored to see if they should or should not be using a gun. The instructors can evaluate how well a person is able to manage handling a gun. If a person appears to not be able to handle gun ownership, then the instructor can prohibit him or her from purchasing a firearm. On the other hand, if the instructor monitors a person and sees that he or she handles the weapon well and appears to be no threat to society, then the instructor can pass along this information and let the person purchase their firearm. There should also be a sight and seeing test to go along with it to see if the person has well enough vision and hearing to manage the responsibility of owning a gun. Most importantly though, a physiological test should be performed to observe if the person has some time of restricting mental disorder that should ban them from making a purchase of a firearm.

Because of all of these regulations that are being discussed and considered, people have become fearful of losing their rights. Everywhere you go now, you see shelves that were previously filled with ammunition completely bare. Guns have been selling like crazy. People want to get all they can get because they fear that there regulations will change everything and they won't be able to continue the things that so many generations in the past have practiced. Pretty soon guns will not be as available as they always have been and ammunition will be extremely expensive and used only in very important situations. People will not be able to go hunting as much as they used to and they will not be able to do whatever they wanted to with their guns. Guns will also be very expensive and virtually unaffordable to poor people. Only the wealthy will be able to afford guns. This isn't right to any United States citizens because it also states in the constitution that we are all equal.

Since our rights state that we should be allowed to bear arms, it should not come with an excessive amount of rules and regulations. As long as the person purchasing the gun has proper training and handling of the gun, he or she should be allowed to purchase whatever type of gun they wish to have. It may sound ridiculous that somebody needs twenty rounds of ammunition in one clip, but if that is what they want then they should be allowed to have it. This right did not come free for the United States Citizens. People had to fight in wars to win these rights that are mentioned in the Constitution. In fact, the wars that were fought to obtain these rights were fought with guns. Many people lost their lives fighting for the rights that we have today. It would be a waste for the government to uproot all of the rights that we earned and replace them with a ton of rules and regulations. The president himself has body guards to watch his back and make sure he is safe. What do these body guards have on them to insure his safety? They have guns. This is slightly hypocritical of the president and the government officials who believe that we don't need guns to defend ourselves. This type of behavior should not be allowed. If all American people have to be regulated on their gun usage and purchases, so should the president if he believes this will help the United States.

Overall, though some people want these regulations to pass because they believe it will make the United States safer, most people do not want them to pass. They do not want to have to give up the guns that they grew up with and spent hard earned money on and they don't want to see their rights taken away from them. This would be completely unfair to the law abiders. People want the rights that their forefathers gave them and just because some people take advantage of their rights, doesn't meant that everyone should suffer because of them. Most people would agree that the buying and selling of guns needs to be regulated more, but they don't want it completely out of hand. People earned this right. They have grown up with this right. All of their families have grown up with this right. People should be allowed to make the decision to own guns for themselves. The government should not be allowed to make this decision for them. These regulations should not be supported under any circumstances. They are unfair and unjust. The people of the United States do not deserve this punishment.