5 Arguments in favor of Strict Gun Laws

    October 1, 2017. November 5, 2017. June 12, 2016. And now February 14, 2018. The common factor between these dates is the fact that innocent lives were sacrificed due to the indecisiveness of a select few who rule the roost at the very top. Las Vegas shooting on October 1, 2017 took 59 lives of people who were on their way to a concert. Sutherland Springs Church shooting on November 5, 2017 killed 26 people at the First Baptist Church in Texas. And the situation has only gone from bad to worse with time. Mass shootings keep happening, innocent lives continue to be taken away while the gun laws are being debated upon. And debates are what they are, mere words. The time for action is nigh and until stricter and much more stringent gun control laws are passed, innocent lives would continue to be lost long before their time and blame would continue to be shifted to mental illness or homophobia or racial discrimination or a brand new excuse altogether. Results matter. To cite an example of another advanced country, Australia where in 1996, a mass shooter killed thirty-five people in Port Arthur in Australia. Two weeks later, the conservative Prime Minister, John Howard, launched perhaps the most aggressive clamp-down on gun ownership in history. Around 650,000 automatic and semi-automatic weapons were destroyed and a whole raft of checks and controls brought in. The first decade of the law alone saw a fifty-nine percent drop in Australian gun-homicides, while non-firearm-related homicides stayed level. And this is why we have come up with 5 most logical arguments in favor of more stringent gun laws in the United States of America.

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    3Guns are rarely used in self-defence

    Advocates for gun rights love to throw this argument around a lot. They have always maintained that the genuine reason for buying a gun is to defend themselves. The numbers and facts though disprove this notion. Out of all mass shootings since 1980, successful intervention by an armed citizen has come to fruition in only 1.6 per cent of all mass shootings. We can even look at all the violent crimes committed and not just mass shootings and the backing for the self-defence notion should be logically obliterated.

    Of the 29,618,300 violent crimes committed between 2007 and 2011, 0.79% of victims (235,700) were able to protect themselves with a threat of use or use of a firearm, the least-employed protective behaviour. In 2010 there were just 230 “justifiable homicides” in which a private citizen used a firearm to kill a felon, compared to 8,275 criminal gun homicides. This translates to a grand 36 criminal homicides for every “justifiable homicide”. Of the 84,495,500 property crimes committed between 2007 and 2011, a measly 0.12% of victims (103,000) protected themselves with a threat of use or use of a firearm. Quite the opposite argument for this could be that we should just arm everybody. That should stop people from going berserk with the guns, right? Wrong.

    As already cited, successful intervention in all mass shootings since 1980 has only been 1.6% of the times! Therefore, the only way to tackle this already burgeoning situation is to have way stricter gun laws in this country.

     

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    10 COMMENTS

    1. Its “ancient”? why is that relevant? so is the FIRST amendment. check this out…
      what does the CDC’s major gun research “Priorities for Research to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-Related Violence” reveal? Read on.
      -Armed citizens are less likely to be injured by an attacker
      -Defensive uses of guns are common
      -Mass shootings and accidental firearm deaths account for a small fraction of gun-related deaths, and both are declining
      -Gun buyback/turn-in programs are “ineffective” in reducing crime
      -Stolen guns and retail/gun show purchases account for very little crime
      – The vast majority of gun-related deaths are not homicides, but suicides
      -Interventions (i.e, gun control) such as background checks, so-called assault rifle bans and gun-free zones produce “mixed” results

    2. This is ridiculous. Have you ever owned a firearm? Assault rifles should be banned because they sound scary? You do understand that they are hunting rifles? You also falsely claim that background checks are not performed? I could correct you all day but I already know I’m falling on deaf and ignorant of the subject ears.

    3. This screed should be renamed “5 Really Bad Arguments For Gun Control”. It is poorly written and there are no links to the various “studies” and surveys the author refers to. How about providing a link for each study and survey referred to. As it stands it reads more like a propaganda piece and the author seems to be Indian or English, which would account for much of the bias.

    4. Trump supported gun owners and got victory. When people in the US want guns it’s good for them. The only thing is that it’s use should be controlled. There have been several of such breaking news in the media and reports are being presented as http://www.vov.media reported lately that as prevention is better than cure, guns also help in prevention of crimes.

      When abuse of guns is made it is visible, but crime attempts those thwarted are invisible, hence this hue and cry. How, we should better focus on the use of guns. Better guidance should be given to gun holders by the government. After all government also has some responsibility.

    5. Go back to Liverpool and learn English. This article is riddled with typos and spelling errors. At least try and run it through an App like Grammarly before you publish. It will save the rest of us from crying.

    6. Completely false assertions about the number of guns and increased murders. If gun owners were as crazy and dangerous as they antics assert, why are there any antigunners ALIVE? It has been noted that 90% of ALL murders in Chicago can be traced to five (5) neighborhoods– cops know who the perpetrators are. However residents will not snitch on their criminal family members, friends, and neighbors. So the murders continue unabated. There’s also a gigantic difference in murder rates among racial groups in the United States. Whites commit many fewer murders compared to black Americans — purely on the numbers. If that’s racist, then facts and reality is racist.

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