It’s estimated that there are more than 256 million guns owned by Americans in the United States. A new survey has shown that between 300,000-600,000 of the guns owned are stolen each year. This is a ridiculously alarming statistic, especially with all of the crime that is circulating around these guns every year. It’s hard to say whether or not it does work, but there are valid points on each end to consider.
Why It Does Work
As with the certain aspects as to why gun control doesn’t work, there have been implemented laws that prove it does work to a certain extent.
Child Access Prevention Laws
These laws are by far my favorite. This law was put into action to ensure that firearms are put into safe storage out of the reach of children. Gun owners who leave their firearms in the open where children can reach them are penalized. There have also been additional laws that allow for felony prosecution of offenders with higher reductions in unintentional deaths in children. The best way to keep guns out of the reach of children is to lock them up in a gun storage cabinet or safe. These come are usually locked mechanically or electronically.
Background Check For Guns
This is kind of a hit or miss for me. Sure, it seems like a great idea, but it doesn’t really help for stolen guns. Although, if the purchaser is going about it the legal way, they must go through a background check. If any red flags come up, the gun ownership is declined. These checks also include domestic violence restraining orders, which can crucial during a messy break-up or divorce.
Why It Doesn’t work
Gun control laws have become more strict over the year with all of the mass shootings that have happened such as Sandy Hook & Pulse Night Club. Unfortunately, lawmakers have taken the guns out of the hands of the wrong people. It’s understandable that this can be an extremely sensitive subject to a lot of folks, but it’s something that everyone have very strong political opinions about.
Gun Bans Worsened Homicide Rates
Studies have shown that gun control bans are actually quite counterproductive. In the back of the politicians minds, they were thinking that if more guns equalled more death, than less guns equalled less death. Unfortunately, this proved wrong when it came to the Washington, D.C. area. They have one of the most strict laws on guns in the country and are ironically one of the most dangerous places to live.
It’s also been shown that a majority of mass shooting happen in gun-free zones. Why? Here’s the theory. Those who want to kill are going to pick a location where there is less likely to be armed individuals to stop them.
Defense Outranks Criminal Use
In 2013, there were between 500,000-3 million gun uses for defense rather than murder, which was only 11,208 and 414,562 for nonfatal in Washington D.C. Lawmakers have speculated that everybody who carries a gun other than a cop is a criminal and that their guns are going to be use for murderous activities. Almost 530,000 gun uses were used for crime. Imagine how many more there would be if those concealed carry laws were banned as well.
Buyback Program May Be Flawed
Sure, it seems like a great idea, but think about this. There are thousands, if not millions, of non-working guns circulating. It would be very easy for someone to get their hands on a non-working gun and sell it to buy a working gun instead. Also, the buyback program can help a criminal dispose of evidence. It makes it very easy to sell a gun used in a murder.
Gun control laws aren’t always agreed upon. A lot of people think, “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people”, which is true. On the other hand, if the guns weren’t on the street, people wouldn’t be using them to kill others. It’s our hope that someday, guns won’t be an issue anymore and mass murders will be a thing of the past.