The United States was founded on the right that American citizens were able to own a gun and use it for their protection as well as hunting. This right was number two on amendments added to the constitution. Now with school shootings and other mass shootings, paranoid Americans are blaming guns for these horrific crimes. The theory is that if guns are illegal that these types of crimes will not be a problem in our county. It is believed by many government officials, that if they take arms away from non-criminals that it will somehow stop criminals from doing crimes with firearms.
Do you think that innocent people not having guns will decrease the crime rate and mass shooting rate in our country? Well, let’s go over the facts on this subject. Think about the last five major horrific events you know of that involved a gun. Were these guns registered legally to that shooter? Nine times out of Ten the answer will be no. So, then the next thing that comes to mind is, where do they get the guns? Most times they are found or stolen from someone they knew or did not know. So if guns are banned, then this will decrease the rate possibly of someone being able to take a gun from a family member, but there is one problem with this scenario. The problem is that this family member already owns a gun. How will the government get rid of the guns that are already in possession? Are officials going to be coming to everyone individuals home taking the guns they bought legally with their own hard worked money? Will they be forcing them from innocent people’s hands? These are questions that need to be answered by the government officials who are all about not letting citizens have guns in their homes.
Lastly, something that needs to be addressed on gun control in the United States is if it passes or even partially for automatic weapons, how will it be enforced? The answer to this question is simple. They have no idea. It was actually on the world news tonight that even states that have passed stricter gun control laws in the past year or so are not also enforcing these laws. When a reporter asked why these laws are not being enforced a local government official only said we have more important things to focus on right now. It seems the apparent situation we are in with gun control in the United States is we have a crime problem, and we are not sure how to fix it. It seems like taking guns may be a simple jump to resolution, but when you take a step back, you see that taking guns from innocent people does not help the crime issues at all.
Weapon control is something needed all over the world. We can all agree that we do not need everyone having nuclear weapons but when do you draw the line? Will taking away people’s second amendment right to protect themselves in the United States with a gun in their own home be the future? Everyone is unsure right now what will happen with this right. Time will only tell what will come in the next few years with gun control in the United States.