Gun control laws are also needed to protect women from domestic abusers and stalkers. Statistics are very high on this point. It’s easier to commit a domestic crime against a female if a gun is present. Usually, the amount of anger provoked by an interpersonal relationship, when something went the wrong way, is extremely high. A specialty law could be put into action. One that states any person who is convicted of a domestic violence crime cannot own a gun.
Guns are rarely used in self-defense. The National Rifle Association and its financial partners claim that guns are used up to 2.5 million times a year in self-defense (Violence Policy Center, 2015). The truth is that guns are rarely used to stop crimes or kill criminals. Private citizens use guns to harm themselves or others far more often than to kill in self-defense (VPC, 2015). In 2013 there were 7,838 reported firearm homicides and only 211 justifiable homicides. The VPC states a gun is far more likely to be stolen than used in self-defense. The presence of a gun also makes a conflict more probable to become violent.
Hunting sports are a violence fed to society. Again, this allows more guns to be accessible. However, hunting is used to provide food for some families and to prevent overpopulation of some species of animals. Hunting also generates profits and creates jobs; licensors, sporting goods stores, and even instructors. Also, for those who enjoy hunting, this sport means so much more, such as bonding time with family and friends, and teaching the next generation. For some people this is more than a sport, it’s a lifestyle.
The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protects individual gun ownership (1994). The law clearly states that a “well-regulated militia is necessary to the security of a free state, and the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”; thus enshrining legal gun ownership in the country (ProCon, 2016).
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