For many years the problem of gun control remains among the most controversial and debatable issues, not only because of its legal or political importance, but also due to its exceptional social and emotional background. Every year in the United States thousands of crimes and murders involving firearms are committed. Every day accidental shooting becomes a reason of deaths of American teenagers and youth. Annually about 150 children below 15 die for the same reason, more than 1,500 are being injured (Lampo).
According to the statistic, almost every second American family keeps guns at home (Speak Out Foundation). 48 states allow legal buying and keeping guns, and in 43 of those states no special registration or certificate for that is required. In 5 of those states guns can be bought even by children, without any authorization of the adults. Only 4 states of the USA have legal limitations on the amount of guns allowed to be bought at once; some permit buying one handgun per month, in order to control illegal sells (Open Society Institute).
Certainly, guns are being used not only with anti-human purposes: people carry guns in order to protect themselves from possible danger and to feel safer; besides, guns can be used for hunting, for sports or other entertaining activities. Yet, it is obvious that strict gun control policies are necessary for reducing the amount of crimes and violence in our country. Unfortunately, not every American agrees with this statement and a lot of people are firmly against it, arguing that gun control limits the rights of our citizens.
It is common to think that guns are the most popular weapons of crimes, so it seems to be a good reason to strictly limit and control their manufacturing and distribution. Guns may serve also as weapons of protection or threatening, so any type of firearms can be used for own safety in case of a robbery or other criminal situation. But on the other hand, ready and charged guns can be accidentally misused, especially in moments of rage or anger, and harm or injure close people around.
Besides, if people have opportunity to buy and keep guns freely, there is a real danger to be killed by an easy-tempered person right on the streets after any sort of a quarrel or misunderstanding. This is the key concern of gun control proponents, and it is supported by many specialists. American lawyer and Professor James B. Jacobs comments in his book: “One would assume that the most sensible approach to “gun safety” would be the one that offers the greatest opportunity to reduce firearms death and injury” (Jacobs 171).
Therefore it seems logical to allow carrying guns and firearms only to the military and police officers. There is another reason to strengthen gun control and restrictions on possessing firearms. All sorts of guns and firearms are very dangerous because of their possible imperfections and faults in manufacturing. Gun manufacturers and sellers are frequently blamed for the lack of responsibility in their business, for bringing death, and also for abusing people’s emotions and fears with the aim of marketing of their goods. That is why many people prefer not to play with the fire and not to keep guns at home.