Gun control means the wrong people will have arms

Elizabeth Golden

With several deadly mass shootings, gun control has been a subject of much debate and controversy within recent years. Personally, I hate the idea of guns and am a billion percent for gun control, or the idea of guns never being invented.

Think about it. If guns were not invented then there would be no mass shootings and fewer violent crimes. It would be nearly impossible to kill so many innocent people with a bow and arrow before someone would realize the need to get help.

Anyway, that is beside the point since it is impossible to reverse the invention of guns, and gun control as a whole is a very unrealistic idea. It would be nice if we lived in a perfect world where there were no guns and everyone got along, right? But no, that’s an unrealistic fantasy.

The truth is, there will always be bad people. There will always be a black market and bad people will always find a way to get guns. Simple as that.

History proves this to be true. According to a 2008 article by The Washington Post entitled “A History of D.C. Gun Ban,” the amount of murders rose by nearly 55 percent after the district banned the possession of handguns in 1976. The law was struck down in 2008 as unconstitutional.

In 1997, Britain passed a similar law forbidding the ownership of handguns and forced all civilians to surrender their weapons. Based on 2008 research by the British House of Commons, the amount of homicides increased by 52 percent, making violent crime in Britain four times more prevalent than in the United States. This statistic changed in 2012 based on the Colorado theatre and Sandy Hook Elementary shootings, and the United States is now the most violent country.

Florida passed a right-to-carry law in 1987 and since then, the murder rate has decreased by 36 percent while the U.S. rate has only decreased by 15 percent. Of the million plus licenses issued, only three percent have been revoked due to violent crimes, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Texas had a similar situation. In 1996, the state passed a right-to-carry law causing the murder rate to average 30 percent lower than it was before the law took place.

In other news, there is no law against terrorists purchasing firearms and explosives. According to a report by the Government Accountability Office, between 2004 and 2010, over 1,200 people on terrorist watch lists attempted to buy firearms and 91 percent of these transactions passed the background check.

Simply banning guns, however, will not be a solution to the problem. The U.S. Justice Department surveyed over 14,000 state prison inmates and discovered only 12 percent attained the weapon legally. Eighty percent used illegal means such as the black market or borrowing from family or friends.

According to the University of Chicago Crime Lab, the nation averages 87 gun deaths each day. Based on the above statistic, 70 out of 87 people were shot with a gun purchased or borrowed illegally. Now, in what way would gun control help the situation?

In summary, gun control simply means bad people will have guns and good people won’t. If we must live in a world where guns have been invented, then we might as well allow law-abiding citizens the right to protect themselves.
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