Gun control is supported by others and opposed by other. In essence, gun control is not an effective method of crime reduction.
In recent years, it has been in the interest of the United States federal government to reduce gun violence that has seen an increased number of individuals who are injured or killed every day. Guns have also seen an increase in the homicide rates in recent years (Gray 12). Proponents of gun control argue that limiting the availability and sale of guns would play a key role in reducing the ever-increasing crime rate in the U.S. On the other hand, opponents argue that the move would not only do little in reducing crime but would also violate citizens’ right to bear arms. This paper argues that gun control is not an effective method of crime reduction.
Based on the fact that it is people who kill rather than guns, the move would be ineffective in reducing crime. Of course, allowing more people to carry guns would enhance self-protection paving the way for a significant reduction in both violent and non-violent crimes (Wendt 6).
The history of Americans with prohibitions means that prohibiting gun use and distribution would force more people to acquire the weapon illegally. This is similar to the case of alcohol prohibition where many people sorted to obtaining alcohol illegally after it was outlawed or prohibited. With many people acquiring guns illegally, crime rates would increase significantly (Wendt 7).
The laws in place to control gun ownership are unconstitutional since they are in violation of the Second Amendment that gives citizens the right to keep arms (Gray 3). A government focused on violating the rights of citizens would have a hard time in legal streets. This would see more citizens take advantage of the legal system that would trigger violent protests and increased incidences of crime.
In brief, gun control is not an effective method of reducing crime as perceived by its proponents and supporters. Instead, more people should be allowed to own guns to enhance self-protection that would reduce crime. Already, Americans have a bad history when it comes to prohibitions and prohibiting gun ownership would trigger illegal access and ownership that would pave the way for increased crime. Gun control is also in violation of the rights of citizens to bear arms.
Gray, Andrew J. An Analysis of State Gun Control Laws and their Effect on Violent Crime. Diss. 2015. http://centralspace.ucmo.edu/bitstream/handle/123456789/385/Gray_CRIMINAL%20JUSTICE.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y
Wendt, Jeffrey. “Gun Control and Violent Crime.” (2014). http://www.lcsc.edu/media/1781589/Gun-Control-and-Violent-Crime.pdf
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