What are the two sides of the gun control debate?
Today guns have perceived to be used in gang activity, for celebration, murder, and hunting. “People are left wondering why a gun is necessary while drinking your morning coffee, in elementary school classrooms, in bars, or the locker room of your local sports arena”(Schoolinmamma 1). Although it is perceived this way, the US Gun Owners Association argues that the use of guns should be more for self-defense and not other violent acts. While guns are considered good weapons for self-defense, not all individuals can handle guns. This is greatly determined by the particular individual’s responsibility in carrying and using the gun. Although society has formulated and passed laws restricting guns to its citizens, most citizens do not want people to own guns.
The ownership of concealed weapons by household individuals provides for safety for many citizens but simultaneously increases the chances of suicides and homicides. Strawberry clearly explains, “Certain individuals cannot safely handle firearms, and some choose to misuse firearms. (Strawberry, “Gun control” 1) Although most people have been trained on guns, some irresponsible people may carelessly shoot other family members and cause injury and even death. Improper storage of these weapons of mass destruction may lead to accidental injury by small children who do not know their use. Some people may own guns but have little knowledge of their use; therefore can cause most accidents. This explains why the US has the most significant number of gun-related homicide cases. Incidents of accidental shootings are rising due to the careless use of firearms. Unintentional shootings have increased due to many people being allowed to own guns. Responsible adults may facilitate this by being afraid of some issues, intoxicated by drugs, or angry.
What are the two sides of the gun control debate?:
Owning a gun makes you more likely to be shot.
Specifically, many people who misuse guns have been found to do so under the influence of alcohol and other drugs. Since many people take alcohol, it is possible that the level of gun abuse would increase if everyone were allowed to own guns or if the laws relating to gun ownership were relaxed.
While many people look at the second amendment as the law that allowed gun ownership, they fail to understand the context under which it was enacted. At the time, the country had security issues after the civil wars that led to independence. Many armed rebels were not under any formal command. However, many police officers are employed today, and security has been beefed up. The threat posed to citizens without guns is not as much as it was in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Having much gun ownership freedom may lead to more problems in schools. If the law is not tightened, many youths, such as college students, will be armed and carry guns to schools. This is because, at 18, they will be of majority age and deemed adults. However, their erratic behaviors, emotional instability, and carelessness pose a greater security risk than safety to their colleagues and the general public. Because of gun ownership, students have suffered at the hands of their colleagues. Some have been raped, bullied, and intimidated by their colleagues. With more liberalized gun ownership, such cases will be on the increase.
Sometimes the guns owned by people can fall into the wrong hands and cause accidents. Children can easily access these weapons, especi, ally when they are kept carelessly, and a loaded weapon may cause a lot of destruction to them and others when they fire. Mentally ill people may also access these weapons and cause shooting, which can injure or kill people.
The use of guns by society has made it possible for all types of people to own guns. All college students, farmers, and teachers own different types of concealed weapons (guns). Due to the rise of societal issues like cases of divorce, separations, and other related issues, the cases of suicides have been on the rise. Gun ownership has facilitated these suicidal cases. People who own these guns take advantage by quickly taking their own lives using their guns.
People in every place are prone to misunderstandings. In everyday life, people tend to make mistakes with each other in every aspect of life. Be it a teacher to a student and vice versa, a student to a parent, a worker to his boss, we all make mistakes. Misunderstandings could cause some people to be angry with others and develop hatred towards them. These people may be led to use violence to satisfy their rage. Some may even resolve to use guns to injure or kill others. Whereas these people lackedchanc, es of committing such crimes could not have been there.
The US government should restrict or completely prohibit the possession of guns by its private citizen for many reasons. When these foreign or private citizens carry these guns, especially in public places like markets and restaurants, they intimidate the public. This makes the public suspicious of these people and connects them to an impending crime. Therefore, they go further and call the police, which may cause a waste of human resources, especially law enforcement. The act of these citizens carrying these guns also risks their lives from the rest of the public as it may be seen as an act of threat to the public. The public may be violent or frightened by these people. In this resolve, when these private citizens are seen with their guns, they are usually intimidated and told to explain their motives, therefore, get harassed.
Although responsible people, especially adults, are usually trusted to own and carry guns, it is difficult for law enforcement units to distinguish these persons from real criminals. Police may find it difficult to distinguish between a real criminal and a person licensed to carry a gun.
When citizens are allowed to carry guns, they tend to be violent. Short-tempered people and those with ill minds tend to misuse guns. Most of them,, especially the college students who have been allowed to carry guns,, tend to form small gangs to intimidate resolve to do robbery and other evil acts, for example, rape and bullying, at the expense of possessing these weapons. Others who do game hunting may go further to do illegal hunting.
Criminals, especially robbers, tend to arm themselves if they learn their victims are armed. This usually increases the chances of these innocent citizens being attacked by these robbers. Armed ‘victims’ may signal offenders that there is a need to use vital force because of the need to overpower the victim.
Although there are many disadvantages to allowing citizens to possess guns, protecting oneself from attacks is also paramount. Citizens usually feel secure when they have a gun, especially when alone.
In conclusion, the use and ownership of guns should be allowed only under restriction. Those given the opportunity to own should be held accountable for the acts of using their guns. People who were assigned guns should be trained and advised on using these guns. While it’s a personal duty to guarantee one’s safety, the government should also be responsible for the safety of every citizen, who he owns a gun or not.
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