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Why America needs tighter gun control

Updated on January 13, 2013

Where should we draw the line?


The rate at which people are being killed in the USA by guns is increasing and this is more pronounced at high schools particularly in states where there is less gun control. Compared to continents around the world, it seems the US has had a very bad history of gun violence which could have otherwise being prevented.

US lacks proper gun control

Unlike most countries around the world, the U.S. is one of the few countries that has a bill that supports the right to bear arms. The right to bear guns is supported by the 2nd Amendment and this was made by our fathers with reasoning that people need to be able to protect themselves at home even if they do not belong to the army or police force. For a foreigner or non American, this would seem a bit odd but for most Americans. having a gun at home at least is part of their way of life.

Truth be told, part of what makes Americans a strong people today is as a result of how they fought in the past to win their independence during the revolution. The independence many Americans have today is as a result of their forefathers who fought and died as self willing combatants in the battle for freedom. Americans know how to build and use guns such that even teenagers of today also know how to use assault weapons.

The case for Self defense

Self defense is a good thing if guns are properly controlled and access to it is only given to right thinking mature individuals in the society. But what do we do when the rate at which kids have access to misuse guns is increasing? You have to agree that most of the people who use guns for violence in our society today are mostly by people who ordinarily should not have access to guns.

Gun violence in America particularly in recent times have caused a kind of national mental debate on what to do concerning our gun laws. Would America really be much safer if guns were only restricted to the military?

Some politicians have supported the idea of amending the second amendment while some are strongly opposing it since it has been what makes us American. When it comes to issues relating to gun control, the U.S. has really not been that effective and it's a sore point. There is also an issue of particularly outlawing assault guns and only allowing

History of school gun violence in the US

I did a bit of research on the history of gun violence in the states particularly at high schools and found out that compared to most continents, the US has had the most cases and casualties. Alarmingly too, gun violence and killings at such high schools has also become an annual occurrence such that they happen about 5 times every year from 2006 to 2012. The question now remains, how many more shootings would we have in 2013 apart from that which just happened in January?

If a new law is made to ban guns totally at home, it may reduce the gun violence in our society but work would still need to be done on the streets to ensure guns are not illegally sold.

America needs to decide

America is growing and probably changing for the better and personally, I can't really say precisely which path would produce the best results. While there is some benefit for people keeping guns at home, changing the gun laws totally to make America a bit like Europe may not make her much safe if guns are not also cleared off the streets.

Although President Obama has personally raised his voice calling for tighter gun control in the US by states, his voice may not be easily heard by Conservatives, who, with a lot of other supporters like the National Rifle Association and gun carrying Americans, believe we should stick to where we are on gun laws.

We need to sooner rather than later make a new decision on where we want guns to be kept. Keeping them at home may be great but we also need to decide on what type of guns they should be and the markets selling assault weapons should be more regulated.


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      H.L. Hanna 5 years ago from Arkansas

      The only people these laws affect are already law abiding. There are already too many gun laws, repeal them. Punish the lawbreaker, not the law keeper.

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      QualityContent 5 years ago

      In Canada we have strict gun laws. The criminals always have a lot of firepower such as machine guns, assault rifles, and so on. Even with our laws it's the criminals that win. No matter what law is passed the criminals will always have weapons because they don't obey laws. How do you regulate firearms on the streets???? If you ban firearms all you'll do is create a huge underground market for them and you'll have more crime than ever before. Get tough on the criminals not the responsible gun-owners who are quite frankly starting to get real pissed. Gun owners aren't responsible for nut cases.

      Oh, and if we wave a gun at a criminal or even fire a warning shot we go to jail. So Americans need to wake the hell up because your country will be like that soon. We can go to the range and hunt but damn if you try and protect yourself, jail for you!

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      ib radmasters 5 years ago from Southern California


      My point is that regulations are going to stop the violent crimes from the gangs, no more than prohibition stopped Alcohol.

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      Felix Okoli 5 years ago from Nigeria

      Yeah, most gangs do get their guns from the street and this should be regulated too

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      ib radmasters 5 years ago from Southern California

      Gun control is not the answer for reducing violent crime.

      The root of violent crimes is the 33,000 multinational gangs in this country with over 1.4 million members. There business is illegal and they protect their business with violence. It is a multibillion dollar business covering many products and services.

      I wrote a hub on it, if you want details.

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      Ricky Naylor 5 years ago from Maine

      Regardless of what type of firearm a person is using, if they intend to do harm then they will do harm. The virginia tech shooter made a record in deaths using handguns. A majority of people whom intend to do crime with their firearms acquire them through illicit means, buying them from people who bought them from people who had them imported in from other countries. It's a big web and to place a ban on any type of firearm in the united states would do nothing but stop law abiding Americans from being able to defend themselves against people that are better armed than them, and infringe upon our constitutional rights. The right to bare arms, regardless of how people discect and over-analyze it, is, and always WILL be, the way that things should be here in the United States. As i said in one of my previous hubs, Banning guns because a few bad people used them to do bad things is like shutting down a highschool because a few kids chose to drop out. It's not the way to deal with this.

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      Felix Okoli 5 years ago from Nigeria

      Ok, I meant the assault weapons. Those kind of weapons give courage to criminals.

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      CodyHackney 5 years ago

      Automatic weapons are banned already. The 'Assault Weapons' that are accessible to the public are semi-automatic weapons. (as in fire one shot at a time but don't have to reload every shot).

      Weapons like these include self defense pistols such as the .9 MM, (which is an incredibly small round) and if I recall even some .22's are also semi-automatic.

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      Felix Okoli 5 years ago from Nigeria

      Personally, I just think the govt should place a ban on the sale of automatic weapons to the public.

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      CodyHackney 5 years ago

      Heal the hearts of Americans instead of pointing fingers at a simple tool. Yes a tool that can kill, but so can a chainsaw.

      The biggest problem that forces the rise of gun violence is that 'every Tom, Dick, and Harry are doing it!' and that too many people are hurting in the US.

      If you take away guns they'll start killing with knives or Improvised Explosive Devices. (IEDs)

      We need to focus on the real problem, the hurting the emotionally upset, the psychological damages, and heal that instead of trying to 'fix' it with drugs. It only masks pain for a time.

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      Felix Okoli 5 years ago from Nigeria

      I guess you are right. I do agree that people need to able to at least protect themselves. But something really needs to be done about people who illegally have access to guns

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      Jason Conley 5 years ago from Texas

      First of all, you are wrong about the founding fathers. The second amendment was written so that the people would have a means of standing against a tyrannical government. All dictators start by taking away the means for the people to defend themselves.

      You make some very broad statements about "foreigners". I am sorry but I think "foreigners" are smart enough to know that police are reactive not proactive. They will NOT protect you in a home invasion. They will come and take your statement if you are still alive though.

      The simple fact is that the only people that gun laws affect are law abiding citizens. Criminals will still have guns. Look at Mexico. They are not allowed to own guns but they are all over the place. Illegal ones!!!

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      Felix Okoli 5 years ago from Nigeria

      We need to save America from destroying herself. I think it's best to start somewhere first rather than an all out anti gun law.

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      Sinclair Miller III 5 years ago from Florida

      It ethical issue of having the right to defend yourself, that is where it becomes a problem.