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Updated on May 19, 2012

Tightening of existing laws; the main issue.

A few months ago, there was a report that gun sales were on the rise; and also that more women were target practicing now than ever before. Yet, there was no tangible reason to explain why that was so, except that totting a gun was becoming a common practice among people.

Gun control has always been a problem in the United States, as gun manufacturers and their patrons have resisted it on all levels in Washington D.C. Their lobbyists and the NRA backers and enthusiasts would use the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to have "the right to bear arms" by every citizen; a scenario that was more grand than honorable.

Nevertheless, for everyone to carry a gun makes everyone unsafe, as anybody can use the gun he or she has at any given time to kill. Random shootings have been frequently occurring that way.

That has happened in the gunning down of Trayvon Martin in a Florida suburb on the night of Feb. 26, when he least expected that he would meet his death at the young age of just 17 years.

He was on his way back to the house in a complex, which was supposed to be safe to walk around, and suddenly a man showed up and challenged his presence there. Within minutes Trayvon Martin was dead, shot by a neighborhood nightwatch volunteer carrying a gun.

That person was George Zimmerman, and if the right to bear arms had caution to it that those who were authorized to carry guns were real law enforcement officials, and not just any watchman or security guard, Zimmerman would not have needed to have a gun on his body.

Besides, he Zimmerman, has been "indoctrinated" that he has a Florida law on his side, known as the "stand your ground" local statute, and that had made him to think that he could not resist the temptation to shoot and defend himself, even with the slightest provocation from another person, if he decided that his life was "in danger".

However, he was wrong, because from official statements by the police and witnesses, he could have restrained himself and the situation could have been avoided.

In many places in Europe, it would be hard to find even a police officer carrying a gun, and military personnel carried them sparsely and ceremoniously, as Changing of the Guards parade in England. Therefore the rate of gun use was extremely low. Yet, in the U.S. gun shops were almost everywhere, and purchasing a gun was easy.

Which should bring many people to the point that guns were only made to kill, and they would feel safer to support the idea of strict gun control, and the tightening of restrictions that those regulations placed on gun owners.

Such regulations were there to protect them, the gun owners, as well as the general public; and a person like George Zimmerman, who was supposed to report a crime would not have been given permission to bear arms.

Even if he had any training at all, the important point was that, he literally took the meaning of a law to use a gun in a dangerous and serious circumstance, and not so freely in a simple altercation, as a confrontation with a "suspicious" person walking through the neighborhood that he was assigned to watch.

If he was just to alert law enforcement in case of an emergency, what was the reason for him to have a gun. A radio or a walkie-talkie communication device would be the only thing he needed to do his job.

Yet, because of his Constitutional right to carry firearms, he was facing a second degree murder charge for killing an unarmed person; Trayvon Martin.

That brought to mind that, if society was still sleeping over more control on gun possession, it was about time that everyone woke up, including members of the U.S. Congress, not to legislate new laws, but to tighten existing ones to prevent a person like Zimmerman to have the right to bear arms, but to use it (right) needlessly.


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      Jack Burton 6 years ago from The Midwest

      Lots of fail in both the original article and many of the comments.

      Well over six million people have been legally carrying handguns under CCW laws in dozens of states over decades and yet the "blood on the streets" that everyone cries about just doesn't happen.

      Waspip, bead and madot should be able to point to hundreds of thousands of dead people shot by CCW holders over those years if their imaginative fears were true... but they can't. They can't point to tens of thousands of people.... or thousands either. The true fact is that the gun owner community in America is exceedingly law abiding.

      Let's crunch some numbers to see the truth...

      Approximately 360 MILLION guns in America.

      If only TEN PERCENT of the guns were used for nefarious means that would mean that there would be at least 36 MILLION nasty things happening with guns each year.

      Is there? Of course not. WHY NOT?

      If only ONE PERCENT of the guns were used for nefarious means that would mean that there would be at least 3.6 MILLION nasty things happening with guns each year.

      Is there? Of course not. WHY NOT?

      If only ONE TENTH OF ONE PERCENT of the guns were used for nefarious means then that would mean that there would be at least 360,000 nasty things happening with guns each year.

      And that’s about double the number of actual bad people doing bad things with guns..

      So you think that because .01 of guns are used by people who are causing problems and hurting others then you cannot tell the difference between them and the 99.99 percent that are not using their firearms for bad things?

      And this, Dear Readers, is the mindset of the those who desire greater gun control. Their concept of "guns were made to kill" falls flat on its face when confronted with reality.

      They simply cannot understand that cars, shovels, baseball bats, boogie boards and kitchen spoons all are used to create havoc and bad things by those who have ill intent in their hearts.

      They want to deny the natural rights of people because ONE TENTH OF ONE PERCENT do bad things. Tell us, guys, if I find that ONE TENTH OF ONE PERCENT of police, doctors, lawyers, Hub writers, or school teachers also do bad things with their tools can you and I agree to do away with those professions also?

      And as for as "...for everyone to carry a gun makes everyone unsafe, as anybody can use the gun he or she has at any given time to kill" I've got really bad news for wasip.

      One half of the entire population are currently walking around every moment of the day with the very same tool that rapists use to hurt their victims. You just don't know when a man is going to "snap" and attack that women coming down the street. All rapists start out as law abiding citizens. Every single one of the them.

      To be logically consistent, and to protect all the women of America "at any given time" from the heinous crime of rape you should demand that all men starting at age 14 be given mandatory suppression drugs that prevent them from having sex of any kind.

      You just never know, right? And to protect even just one women is worth any amount of concern over men's so-called "right" to be a potential rapist.

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      Bill 6 years ago from western pennsylvania

      just like to have a little venison in their freezer or just like to get out and go hunting. How about the person that like’s to shoot in competition, or the person who enjoys target shooting. Believe it or not there are people who enjoy that. If you start to make laws prohibiting the possession of guns all that will happen are more prohibitive laws by people who have nothing to do but sit in some office in D.C. and dream up new laws so they can look busy and justify their high wages that they make and the benefits that come with them. We have too many Laws as there is. Every time they add a law it takes away more freedom.

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      beadreamer247 6 years ago from Zephyrhills, FL

      American Romance, this is almost hillarious:

      I also agree that Trayvon should not have been brought up here. If Zimmerman told the truth when Trayvon told him he would not live through the night........what weapon was Trayvon going to use to kill Zimmerman????

      First you agree the Treyvon-stuff should not be brought up here and then you address the topic yourself!

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      American Romance 6 years ago from America

      Baseball bats were made to kill!

      Knives were made to kill!

      Gasoline and a match were made to kill!

      Guns gave us freedom from persecution! We retain them for the same reason today!

      I also agree that Trayvon should not have been brought up here. If Zimmerman told the truth when Trayvon told him he would not live through the night........what weapon was Trayvon going to use to kill Zimmerman????

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      Bob Zermop 6 years ago from California, USA

      The "guns don't kill people. People kill people" *quote* cliche *end* is meant to express that banning weapons won't prevent criminals from having them. I'm in complete agreement that stricter gun license laws should be enforced to prevent accidental deaths, but a ban in general is not a good idea.

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      beadreamer247 6 years ago from Zephyrhills, FL

      Is this hub about guns or about The Treyvon-case? Are we the judges? Has anyone of us been right there, when it all happened? Where did you all get each detailed information from to judge who is at fault and what really happened? I am amazed....

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      owurakwasip 6 years ago


      Background history, or any kind of personal check or hearsay have nothing to do with the Trayvon Martin murder.

      George Zimmerman has been charged with second degree murder of Martin on the basis of a thorough investigation by Ms. Angela Corey, a special prosecutor appointed by the governor of Florida, Gov. Rick Scott.

      The point here is that Zimmerman has overstepped his duty, because someone gave him permission to carry a gun.

      All he needed for his job as a night watch volunteer should have been a cellphone or a walkie-talkie radio to report crimes, by contacting the appropriate authorities; meaning, his supervisor or the police.

      He was able to do so by connecting with a police dispatcher, who told him to stop following Martin.

      He, Zimmerman, shouldn't have used a gun at all, had he have the sense to handle the whole situation in a different way. He chose to go for his gun instead, and by doing so, he inflicted a fatal wound on Martin.

      The bullet that went through Martin's heart meant that Zimmerman wanted to kill him, when he (Zimmerman) could have shot Martin in the leg or arm to restrain him.

      Those are the facts of the case; and nobody is trying to prejudge Zimmerman.

      His own actions all through the whole incident speak for themselves.

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      Tamara Wilhite 6 years ago from Fort Worth, Texas

      Please do not use the case of a gang-banger suspended THREE times for 'drugs, truancy, graffiti and carrying burglary tools' at school, walking through the backyards of private homes instead of the sidewalk and found to have been on drugs, as the poster child for gun control. He assaulted a Hispanic man who was trying to keep everyone safe from thugs like Martin.

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      maddot 6 years ago from Northern NSW, Australia

      "guns don't kill people. people kill people" is such a cliche and adds nothing to the debate over gun ownership. If you look at the statistics of deaths from gun shot wounds you will find that the USA is leading the pack. Countries where gun ownership is illegal have a dramatically lower rate of deaths from gunshot wounds eg UK and Australia. Australia did a gun buy back after a horrific massacre in Tasmania in the 1990s.

      Of course other weapons can be used but they are not as deadly as a gun..mass killings in USA are done with guns not clubs or knives. Just google statistics on deaths from gun shot wounds in USA.. i think you will be shocked, and then compare to UK.

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      Bob Zermop 6 years ago from California, USA

      Guns don't kill people. People kill people. I agree that I'd love for the US and the world in general to have no need for guns, but I feel that canceling out the second amendment all at once would not be a good idea. As said above, who would have the guns then? The criminals and the police. Not the way to go.

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      Bill 6 years ago from western pennsylvania

      Well look at it this way if some one is going to harm some one there are Clubs, Knifes, 1001 and one ways to kill someone. Are you going to outlaw that to. Before guns there was swords, spears and knifes. Before that there were other ways.

      See when I was younger growing up parents taught children how to respect a gun. You don't point it at people unless you need to. You can hurt some one with out meaning to. Now a days all you see is violence,violence and more violence. Video games t.v shows movies. Even the evening news sensationalize violence. heck when someone does something then you get your 10 minuets for weeks on the News, in the Newspaper,Hub Pages you name it. It might even be live video feed from U Tube. There was a fight in my sons high School between two girls. In less then 5 minuets it was up on U Tube. That's many of the problems with today's society. Guns don't kill people. People kill people. They will always find a way if they want to.

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      beadreamer247 6 years ago from Zephyrhills, FL

      handymanbill, unfortunately...yes, it is true. But my question it really helping and necessary for so many people to have a weapon? Some would choose to make use of it too soon, others in fear would not even be able to remember where the gun is! How many times is the gun used appropriately? How many are truly capable to reasoning the use?

      In addition speaking of criminals - those who want to get a weapon will get it, one way or another. No law prevents them from getting one - nowhere in the world.

      But maybe by stopping the guns we would see less tragic events....they happen way too often. And I believe many, many death due to weapon use are not even becoming public, because it is a daily common thing happening everywhere. As I am writing this I wonder about the ratio people dying from a weapon and people dying of a disease....Is that the way you want to die?

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      Bill 6 years ago from western pennsylvania

      Well look at it all this way. Do you really believe that if there was a law passed saying turn in you guns that people are just going to turn them in. NO. Do you think people who are criminals are going to turn them in???? No.

      Now granted many law abiding people would say o.k. I'll turn my gun in. Then who do you think would have guns... The police and criminals. There are more guns in the United States then there are people. That will not change.

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      beadreamer247 6 years ago from Zephyrhills, FL

      Interesting hub, even though I question if the topic of Treyvon and Zimmerman should have been brought up right here - the media has influenced it in so many ways and we have way too little info at this time to judge. You sound a little judgmental on this, without knowing what really happened in detail. We have to respect the law and one law is 'stand your ground' and has to be accepted as it stands for now.

      This does not mean I agree with the law and like maddot already mentioned, there doesn't seem to be any other country where weapons are so widely common. Weapons are weapons and should not be available to so many people. This would eliminate a lot of crime and terrible accidents where children get access to weapon and hurt themselves or others.

      Weapons should only be allowed for people who really have reason to use them and have been trained not just how to use them but also mentally trained to restrain from overusing or misusing them; trained to seek other solutions before the use of weapon as the last choice.

      For me - I will never want to have any weapon near me.

      When I learned that a friend of mine bought a weapon and had the basic training for it, I was shocked. She left an abusive husband - I understand her fear. Yet, just knowing she had a weapon in her house - moved me away from her. I just cannot support weapons.

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      maddot 6 years ago from Northern NSW, Australia

      Good hub. As an Australian I find the rate of gun ownership in the USA incredibly frightening. But it seems a vocal group in your country are convinced having a gun is like having a right arm! Not sure if anything will change their minds in a hurry but good on you for putting your argument forward - every bit counts.


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