America has a very special relationship with guns that isdifferent when compared to other countries. Guns are ranged weapons that aredesigned to discharge certain projectiles using pressurized air. There are manydifferent types of guns and specs that can all come together in a single gun.There are sets of laws that try to regulate the sale, manufacture, possession,or even the use of guns. Many people are on different terms when it comes tolimiting the use of guns.
There shouldn’t be any kinds of laws that restrictthe use of guns in the United States. Gun controllaws have all been different but similar in techniques. Over the years guncontrol laws have been slowly getting stricter than ever, but the results aremore on the negative side.
For example, in 1997 there were 68% of murders andabout 40% of robberies related with guns. This proves that gun control lawsdon’t always work. In 2010 President Barak Obama signed a federal law thatallowed only licensed gun owners to bring their guns into areas that didn’tallow them in the first place. In 2016, President Obama once again signed a lawthat put restrictions on the sale and possession of weapons that were assault,styled, or of high ammunition capacity. These renewals of gun control laws area clear sign that criminals are still able to acquire guns no matter how strictthe law is. With strictlaws restricting the possession of guns will put innocent people and familiesin danger. Criminals will not voluntarily give up their guns because the lawsays so, only the truthful honest citizens will. This will leave the citizenshelpless when facing criminals who are completely armed with weapons.
Even ifcriminals were to lose their guns, they can go and acquire guns in the blackmarket. Putting laws on guns will generally help the criminals, allowing themto take advantage of innocent citizens. The blackmarket is an alternative to purchasing guns legally, it is how criminals oreven people who just wants to own a gun get one undetected. Black marketsusually are found in normal gun stores where they don’t do background checks.Black markets are another factor the government must consider when trying toput laws banning guns.
Cutting down on black markets will be very difficultbecause they are under the radar- meantto be hidden-, which makes it nearly impossible for government to track themdown. There arealso certain locations that put a ban on guns. Studies show that putting a banin certain locations do not work very well. It makes it easier for criminals tobring weapons into the area with the ban.
For example, certain movie theatershave put policies that don’t allow guns to be brought into the area, and ifcaught they will remove people who carry the weapons without giving refunds.Many cafes have put bans on owning any sort of guns when being near the place.These locations putting bans on guns are hurting their own business becausemany people are afraid of criminals coming and causing trouble. Relying on the police to stop crimesis a very dangerous belief because the police usually come after the crime hasalready been committed.
The officers cannot protect everyone from criminals andthe crimes they commit. This leaves individuals having to take their ownresponsibility when being attacked. Police in America can’t stop each and everycrime from happening. For example, nationally there were about 18,000 murders,500,000 robberies, and 100,000 rapes all happened during the year 1997.
Many citizens have faith in theirphones and the police that Americans call for the police about 250,000 timesevery day. Researchers have found that about 5% of calls made to the policebarely allowed the police officers to arrive and stop the crimes or even arrestthe criminal. Overall, the success when calling the police to come and stopcriminal activities are remarkably rare.There are also other ways to killwithout the use of guns. Criminals can use blades, cars, or even a pencil. Oneinstance, a man on December 14, 2012, assaulted people using a knife in Chinastabbing 23 children and 1 adult.
Putting laws restricting guns won’t stop thedeaths that can happen, it will only reduce the amount of gun related deathsthat happen. Allowing guns to be owned or used, there can be a chance that theshooter will be stopped before they even get a chance to start their crime. Forexample, a man once opened fire in a Portland mall, but he was stopped byanother man who was carrying a concealed weapon.
The United States has more than 25times the average amount of gun murders than other well-developed countries. Whencompared to the United Kingdom, in 2012, the United States had about 30 timesmore murders that were all performed by guns. Research shows that there areabout 300 million guns in the United States alone, it is almost enough guns foreveryone in the United States. About 60% of the United States gun deaths arecaused by suicides. For example, in 2011 to 2015, about 105,000 of the 169,000gun deaths in the United States were reported to be suicides. Guns arevery important when it comes to self-defense. For example, in one Mississippihigh school one armed teacher stopped a school shooter. In another case, in onePennsylvania high school, an armed merchant managed to stop further deaths fromhappening when a shooting had begun.
These situations bring light into thereality that it might not be the guns fault for the deaths but maybe the peoplewho are using them. Evenputting specific laws on who can or cannot own guns isn’t enough to stop therandom shootings that happen. In fact, laws influence criminals to go out andcarry more offensive activities. For example, one study found that terroristsin the United States have left the use of bombs because of the difficulty thatfollows when trying to acquire the ingredients to make a bomb. Those laws ledthe terrorists to find new tactics: replacing the use of bombs with the use ofguns. Gun controllaws that require background checking or microstamping are invasions ofprivacy. Back ground checking would require databases from the government tokeep personal information on individuals wanting to own guns. Similarly,micro-stamping will also require a government level database of gun owners andthe barcodes on the guns they purchase, located on the cartridges.
Althoughpeople see background checking as an invasion of privacy, it is proven to havea positive effect. A study in the years of 1994 and 2014, conducted back groundchecks and found that 3 out of the 180 million gun applications were denied theability to purchase or own a gun. This reduces the amount of guns that will besold illegally, but it doesn’t stop illegal selling of guns completely. Forexamples, one study says that states that don’t have background checks had a30% higher rate of exporting guns across illegally and were found in the handsof criminals. There areguns that allow the ammunition clips to be replaced quickly, which adds to theamount of deaths during mass shootings.
Government has tried to stop thesequick reloads by putting fixed magazines into rifles that can only be removedwith a specific tool. This idea did not last too long as gun makers soon foundout ways to work their way around the fixed magazines, which is by using a lockmechanism that can be undone by pressing the recessed button on the magazine.This little piece of ingenuity meets the laws but obstructs the law enough to changethe intent of the fixed magazine. There arefederal laws that try to regulate guns, but not the parts that are needed tomake a gun.
The parts needed to build a gun aren’t considered as firearms, sothey don’t carry serial numbers on them, which denies the government to abilityto track down weapons. There are shops that sell versions of guns that areunfinished. This is a legal move if the builder stays out of the transaction.
Forexample, the shooter that killed five people in Santa Monica, 2013, was bannedfrom purchasing a gun or even owning a gun, he went and bought the parts tomake his own gun. Inconclusion, there will always be gun control laws that get stricter but won’tever stay in effect. With every gun control law that has been put into effectthere were always loopholes that allows criminals to still own or purchase agun. It doesn’t matter the type of law or the target of the law, there will beother ways to avoid the law whether the law is towards people or the gunsthemselves. There shouldn’t be any kind of strict laws that prohibit the use ofguns in the United States, there will always be ways to sneak around the law.