Gun Control Does Not Reduce Crime - GUN CONTOL DOES NOT REDUCE CRIME Gun Control Does Not Reduce Crime Edward Bergara 1 GUN CONTROL DOES NOT REDUCE

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GUN CONTOL DOES NOT REDUCE CRIME1Gun Control Does Not Reduce CrimeEdward Bergara
GUN CONTROL DOES NOT REDUCE CRIME2In the United States there are many issues under hot debate. Some people are so set in their belief on a subject that they won’t even consider an opposing argument. Gun control is third on the list of subjects in which people are not willing to listen to the opposition’s argument. One side of the gun control argument is that we need more gun control. The opposing side says we don’t need stronger laws, or we need fewer laws. My stand on the argument is that we do not need stronger gun control laws. The first part of this paper will focus on the argument against tougher gun laws. The second portion will focus on the opposition’s belief that there should be stronger gun control laws. Finally, the third part will focus on refuting the arguments put forth in the second part of the paper.Part 1:There has been a continual argument on precisely what the Second Amendment means. For those who are against more gun control laws, the meaning is clear, it says the people have a right to keep and bear arms. Therefore, the outcome of the District ofColumbia v. Heller case was quite a victory. She was the first judge in federal appellate court to pronounce the edict that the Second Amendment did mean just what it says; “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” [Nei10]. In addition, it was decreed that the requirement of a trigger-lock or the disassembling of guns in the home is unconstitutional since it makes it nearly impossible for citizens to protect themselves, their property, and their family. However, it remains to be seen whether other federal judges uphold this edict, and whether state judges will apply it.
GUN CONTROL DOES NOT REDUCE CRIME3Next is the claim that gun control does not reduce crime, and, conversely, where there are more guns, there is less crime. A study by Moorhouse and Wanner (2006) shows that empirical analysis does not support the claim that gun control reduces crime[Moo06]. Further, despite the fact that gun ownership in the U.S. increased enormously during the 1990’s, there was a consistent, dramatic reduction of criminal violence. In fact, homicide and violent crime have plunged over the last 20 years. Considering that 18 of 25 countries surveyed had an increase of violent crime, America’s large decline is impressive. Moreover, Norway, Finland, Germany, France, and Denmark also have a high rate of private gun ownership, and the murder rates in these countries are as low as or lower than developed nations with less gun ownership [Kat07].Additionally, in states that have laws permitting concealed weapons for those who qualify, there has been a measurable reduction in violent crimes and murder.

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