Gun Control in the United States

There is also such an opinion, that in some particular cases of robbery or attack, it is much more effective and secure “to welcome” a robber with a loaded gun, and then inform the police. I guess, robbers and criminals do not feel scared of guns in the hands of their potential victims. They consider themselves to be faster and smarter. Therefore, in many cases it can be better not to use loaded guns in order to save own life and call 911 to get some help and professional assistance in looking for and catching the criminals.

Finally, the most important and powerful argument of gun control supporters is increasing amount of violence in aggression in our modern society. Tragedy in Virginia Tech University, which occurred in April 2007, and the other school shootings are among the most memorable bloody outcomes of the availability of firearms for psychologically unstable teenagers. These disasters are the best proves of the fact that violence is absolutely real and very serious threat to a human life in our country. Unfortunately, our government is quite reluctant to solve the problem, because “..

official efforts to impose change that is resisted by a dominant majority frequently prompt counter-violence” (Jacobs 213). Of course radical solutions will not work, but may be it would make sense at least to limit the sales of firearms or to set more precise and clear formal procedures for everybody who wants to buy guns. For example, it is possible to start with banning cheap guns, because they are mostly inaccurate and can be very harmful. Finally, the results of recent researches confirm the idea that the existing gun control laws and schemes are not effective.

The specialists from Wake Forest University John C. Moorhouse and Brent Wanner came to the following result after their studies and analyses: “…no careful empirical study, regardless of the type of data used, has found a negative relationship between gun control measures and crime rates” (Moorhouse and Wanner 122). It means that our government has to add this important issue to the list of its priorities, because the real significance of this matter must not be underestimated. Nowadays, possessing and using firearms became a norm in our society. Abigali Kohn, a known opponent of gun control, states that “ ..

guns and the gun culture are so intertwined with American culture that many Americans perceive guns as utterly, unremarkably normal” (Kohn 35). Nevertheless, I am convinced that a simple logic “less guns – less crimes” has sense; therefore, some new laws or some new restrictions have to be issued in the nearest future in order to secure safety and peace of our citizens and protect our society from increasing violence and aggression.

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Gun Control in the United States: A Comparative Survey of State Firearm Laws. [Brochure] Open Society Institute. NY: Spire Integrated Inc. , 2003.

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