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Gun Control Laws Do Not Reduce Violent Crime 1 Gun Control Laws Do Not Reduce Violent Crime Shawn Henry Com / 220 07/25/10 SHERRY ANN SMITH
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Gun Control Laws Do Not Reduce Violent Crime 2 Gun Control Laws Do Not Reduce Violent Crime “Banning guns addresses a fundamental right of all Americans to feel safe.”- Senator Dianne Feinstein (1933 –). The debate over gun control in the United States is an argument of passion that tests not only the interpretation of our fundamental rights as Americans, but the core values of our culture. Many well intended advocates call for stricter control of guns as a means to curtail violence in our country. Opposed to this view are those who support the private ownership of firearms as an active measure to protect themselves from this violence. Even though advocates claim stricter gun control laws will reduce crime, history shows us repeatedly that this is not the case. Gun control laws do not reduce violent crime because they do not apply to criminals who ignore our laws, and obtain guns through illegal means. The violent criminal who chooses to use a gun in the commission of a crime has already chosen to risk a much greater punishment than merely violating a gun control law. Committing a violent crime such as murder, rape, serious assault, or armed robbery already risks possible life imprisonment or even the death penalty in most states. In the State of Washington these crimes are considered the most serious, with a conviction for a first-time offender resulting in a sentence of up to life imprisonment (The Revised Code of Washington, 2009). The penalty for violating most state, or even federal gun laws themselves are much less severe. Many times the violators of gun laws are only punished through monetary fines with no jail or prison sentence imposed (The Revised Code of Washington, 2009).
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Gun Control Laws Do Not Reduce Violent Crime 3 Career criminals are more likely to acquire firearms through already illegal means than through a legitimate and controlled source. Whether through direct theft or the purchase of a stolen firearm, criminals continue to have access to firearms. Mandatory waiting periods, or criminal background checks do not affect firearms that are obtained through illegal means. Additionally a law requiring all firearms to be registered or surrendered once banned to authorities will have no affect on criminals who already illegally possess them. Those most severely affected by gun control laws are the law-abiding citizens. Gun laws that prohibit the possession of firearms disarm only those who choose to obey the law. Not surprisingly, violent crime is often the highest in areas of the country with the strictest gun control laws. For example, Washington D.C. has banned the possession of handguns by citizens for decades, yet continually has one of the highest Conversely those areas which have passed laws guaranteeing citizens the right
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