Final Research Paper – Gun Control
Is gun control necessary in today’s society? A very hot topic issue in our country for sure one that has two highly, emotionally debated sides. Gun control is a set of laws imposed by the Federal Government restricting the ability of an individual to purchase firearms. The government attempts such action by imposing certain road-blocks in the hopes of postponing or eliminating the sale to a would-be, or convicted criminal. Enforcing background checks, waiting periods or the complete ban of certain types of firearms are some of the methods used.
My paper is not one to site statistics, percentages or probabilities. Numbers can be manipulated and twisted to fit a particular ideology. I want to discuss this topic using real world examples and common sense. I’m not even going to go into the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. It’s played out and tired, and ultimately unneeded in my argument.
The basic and supposedly strongest argument for “more” gun control can be summed up with the following statement: Guns strengthen, embolden and promote higher crime rates. It has also been argued that the average citizen can simply not be trusted with such a tool. (Yes, they are a tool.) That a ban should be placed in effect on all firearms to all citizens not employed within a branch of public service; that its invention was sparked merely to kill your fellow man. And that despite it’s uses other than killing your fellow man, they are just no longer needed in today’s “civilized” society. Because a complete prohibition of firearms is unlikely to ever happen in this country; a set of laws have ineffectively been implemented, ratified, amended and fought bitterly over the decades to at least “control” the sale of these instruments.
The point most people think of concerning the issue of gun control, is crime. They believe stronger gun control equals less crime. Suffice it to say, crime is a fact of life. Crime is going to happen...