Should guns be banned? Olivia Wampler 7

Whether or not we should ban guns has been a heavily debated issue in the past few decades. However, in recent years it’s been brought to attention a lot more because of incidents such as Sandy Hook and more recently the shooting at the nightclub, Pulse, in Florida. People who don’t want them banned argue that gun possession is too widespread to be reversed, gun crime/murder rates won’t decrease, or the classic pro guns quote, “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” Meanwhile, those who want guns banned argue that gun crime/murder rates will decrease, people will be discouraged from harming others without guns, and guns make harming others a lot easier. Besides the fact that the “right to bear arms” is in our Constitution, there are several other reasons and statistics to support the continuation of guns in America.

The U.S is the leading country for gun owning citizens with a statistic of approximately 112.6 guns per 100 residents. The number of guns manufactured has also been skyrocketing with a total of 10.85 million firearms manufactured in the U.S in 2013. Because of these high numbers, if we were to ban guns it’d be nearly impossible for the government to obtain and get rid of every single gun. That statistic only includes the legally owned guns we know about. Guns owned by criminals are often obtained illegally through places such as the black market and are therefore difficult to be tracked back to an owner. This proves that removing guns from every household is essentially unfathomable.

Many people believe that banning guns will drastically lower gun crime/murder rates, but statistics prove otherwise. For example, Chicago has some of the most severe gun laws in America, but their murder rates have increased by roughly 25% from 2011-2013. In the UK, guns were outlawed after the Dunblane school massacre in 1996 and six years later, gun crime had more than doubled. By 2009 gun crime had escalated by 89%. In Australia, gun murders rose by 19% and armed robberies by 69% after a gun ban was introduced in 1997. The reason gun crime and murder rates increase when guns are banned is simple: criminals don’t follow the law so they still have guns and when they attack people they don’t have to worry that that person or people is carrying a gun.

Lastly, we’ll talk about the classic pro guns quote, “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” A gun has the potential to kill or harm someone, but a person has to physically pick it up and pull the trigger for that to happen. Of course, guns can have malfunctions, but that’s a different story. Others argue that guns make it a lot easier to harm and without guns people may be discouraged because they won’t have a weapon that makes it as easy to harm as a gun does. While, yes, guns make it easier to harm getting rid of them won’t entirely fix the problem. Some people may be discouraged, but other methods of harm exist such as knives, strangulation, etc. People who are determined to cause chaos or those who simply want to attack or steal from one person quickly will switch to those other methods. So, even though “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” sounds like a typical, ignorant pro guns argument, it’s actually verifiable.

In conclusion, it’s important that we don’t ban guns. Even if we ban them criminals will simply obtain guns illegally or switch to other methods. Also, based on the results of gun bans in other places, and strict gun laws in Chicago, banning guns simply won’t work. A gun ban will just leave innocent citizens like sitting ducks for criminals to hunt.

Guns

Dangerous & Helpful

Shooting, Killing, Harming

They protect us from danger yet can cause damage

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