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They insist that strict regulations on gun ownership are not the solution to high crime rates. They point out that, since the 1997 ban on handguns in England, crime rates have more than doubled (Malcolm, 2003 as cited in Mackey & Levan, 2011). What has triggered this flurry of activity geared towards permitting people to carry guns in public places? Bruce & Wilcox (1998), note that in the U.S, when citizens learn of death occasioned by a gun attack, many believe that they stand a chance to survive such an incidence if they have a firearm.
Pro-gun forces counter any criticism to gun-friendly legislation by pointing out that the government needs not worry about law abiding citizens who voluntarily go to have their backgrounds checked so as to acquire a gun license, but rather, the criminals who have no business in abiding by the law. Gun rights activists argue that law-abiding citizens carrying concealed guns may be able to save lives due to the history of mass shootings in the U.S. According to the Wall Street Journal (2012), in December 2007, there were 7000 people inside the new life church in Colorado Springs when an armed man stormed: He killed two people and wounded many others. What prevented him from killing and wounding more was a congregant who had permission to carry her licensed concealed gun in church property. On the other hand, advocates of gun control argue that even law-abiding citizens with authorization to carry weapons can lose their temper, with fatal results. Such a scenario is portrayed in a teenager succumbed to gunshot wounds after a dispute over loud music (The New York Times, 2014).
In an attempt to neutralize the strength of the pro-gun forces, advocates of gun control have been developing initiatives to make the battle in the legislature more vicious. In April 2014, billionaire Michael Bloomberg announced plans to inject $50
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Before buying a gun, one must get a permit from the authorities and the buyer must pass a record check. The records check is voluntary and necessitates a minimum waiting period between the original purchase effort and the ultimate delivery of the gun, which is almost similar to the Application to purchase system
Little danger from wild animals and no hostile Indians to contend with; the government is secure and selected by a democratic method and the people of the nation have the most dominant army mankind has ever seen in addition to numerous levels of law enforcement to defend it.
If the public was denied the right to possess guns for their own safety, there will occur many changes within the society. According to Barbara, “Gun control will have effects on the general public that may be detrimental but in general, the control of firearms is critical” (Barbara 103).
Introduction Contemporary America revolves around guns violence and crime as they are regarded as the main issues affecting the society. In the 1990s, the crime rates had dwindled down but this was not the case in late 2002 and early 2003, as the rates at this time had leveled off.
In 2006, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reported that total of 11,600 homicides were committed with firearms, claiming 68% of all homicides (Kleck, 2009: p. 1). In addition, about 100,000 to 150,000 people a year suffer non-fatal gunshot injuries (Kleck, 2009: p.
Matters that were not considered to be significant have come forward as issues of serious debates. Gun Control is one such issue that has become a matter of intense debate in the United States. Different rulings have been passed with regard to the issue of gun control.
The ownership of a gun in the United States of America applies as an individual’s right, if kept for self defense. Different views about gun control translate to the different opinions that diverse people hold about their American dream. While some legislatures promote gun controls, others oppose gun control with the view that people should not bear firearms because of incidents of improper use.
Gun control leads to focusing on appropriate use of firearms, that may be used inappropriately and in an improper violating way by others. There are legislations and laws are designed for the use of firearms. Most of the legislations are designed focusing on the reduced use of forearms and protecting the rights of common men and individuals.