Criminals don’t follow the rules. What is the point of implementing strict gun control laws if criminals find ways around them? If that were the case gun control laws would take away the only tool civilians have to defend themselves from armed criminals. This idea is similar to the years of prohibition in the United States. Alcohol was prohibited all across America, but did the law stop alcohol distribution and consumption? Well it did not. This is an interesting argument mentioned by many gun enthusiasts but the reality is that, as we have seen in previous posts and data, it is not a valid point. Further more, if we take prohibition as a reference for not implementing gun laws, we can see that regulations do help our society to better handle alcohol consumption.
Another argument that gun advocates use is the fact that guns don’t kill people, people kill people; the issue is rooted in the person using the gun. This is a valid point as well but if the NRA and other organizations believe this, why don’t they allow to background check control laws to be passed?
Bottom line, we can agree that even if we implement gun control laws criminals might find their way around and get guns, but, lets make it at least more difficult for them to do so. Lets implement background checks so only the “good guys” can get guns and also lets so regulate the type of weapons that can be sold. Even Rambo thinks that we shouldn’t have assault weapon type of power on the streets! After the Newton massacre, this is what he had to say: “Who…needs an assault weapon? Like really, unless you’re carrying out an assault…You can’t hunt with it…Who’s going to attack your house, a fucking army?”
For this time, let’s agree with the guy from the Expendables
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Gun Control: An International Comparison
Number of homicides involving firearms in countries that implemented gun control laws
1. Kids will eventually find anything
Speaking from first hand experience and many can relate, when I was a young child my curiosity peaked when my mother and father would hide emblems; presents, toys, games, etc. Every child has this internal curiosity meter that makes them want to find what is hidden or out of reach. So, imagine if a group of ten year olds find out that a gun is present in their classroom: How long until it inevitably finds its way into their small anxious hands? In a research journal prepared by the Pediatrics in 2001, twenty nine groups of ten year olds were sat down in a room with partially hidden fake toy handguns and a real handgun. According to the results of the study Ken Corbett reports “Forty-eight out the sixty-four boys found the handgun. Thirty boys handled the gun. Sixteen boys pulled the trigger. Approximately half of the boys who found the gun thought it was a toy, or were unsure if it was real.” (Corbett 1). Are you shocked? Because I’m not, their young boys who are influenced by popular violent media. Collectively, these children think guns are cool and have no idea of the consequences of handguns. When todays children get their hands on a gun, most likely they understand how it operates. This possibility can be dismissed if guns are absent entirely from the reach of children. Popular toy manufacturers dont help either in separating the physical distinction of real vs fake handguns. With toy handguns looking seemingly real, a child in reach of a handgun in a school environment may just think its a toy like the one he/she already has at home. He/she may not even noticed the additional weight of the real handgun and begin to operate it like the toy he/she has. Guns should never be available to teachers, this is why we continue to stress official personnel; police and security to be authorized on school campus to patrol.