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Why Gun Control in America is Failing

Updated on April 3, 2013
California has one of the toughest gun laws and is still failing in gun control
California has one of the toughest gun laws and is still failing in gun control

President Obama has lost the gun control debate and support for gun control in the USA. While there are many reasons, political and not, the bottom line is that despite the horrific mass killings in the past few years that have spurred the need to have tougher gun control laws, life goes on. The horror of mass murders fade. The initial reaction is to remove the guns, but after it fades away with time, many think otherwise for a variety of reasons.

Look no further than California as to why gun enforcement of the present laws on the books fails. The state has millions of legal and illegal gun owners. There are certain designated groups that by law cannot own guns-ex criminals, crazy people, are among them. In total, some 20,000 in the state cannot own a gun by classification. This number increases by 3,000 daily.

To just remove the guns owned by this small group of people, only 30 police officers in the state are assigned this job. Yes, you read this right- 30. Many times, they know a person in one of these categories owns many guns, yet are stopped at the person's door because they are not allowed in without a search warrant. So, the police take many more hours to secure the warrant from a judge and return only to find the suspect is gone or the guns are. These are the cases where the police conduct a surprise raid based on solid evidence of some sort. In the raids of these people that are successful, guns are always found and confiscated and the person goes back to jail. This is at a time when California is trying to reduce the prison population due to overcrowding. The state has built enough multi-million dollar prisons and cannot afford more.

The state has put gun control on the lowest of priorities and what happens in California happens in other states as their budgets are cut and priorities set. So, even if Obama was able to pass more background checks, which I support, I doubt if one would see a decrease in gun violence. Even passing stiffer gun control in sales, would only put a small dent because there are too many guns already and more are being made and sold daily.

Look at California. Each day, those who are not suppose to have guns increases by 3000, and only 30 policemen have the job to decease the guns in their hands.


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    • swordsbane profile image

      William Grant 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      "despite the horrific mass killings in the past few years that have spurred the need to have tougher gun control laws"

      The reason gun-control is failing is because the basic assumption of gun-control advocates fail to convince people that guns are a threat. No amount of knee-jerk horror at mass shootings changes the increasingly supported fact that permissive gun laws in a community invariably means less violence and crime and restrictive gun laws frequently means more violence and crime. No one on the side of gun-control has an answer for this, and their reasoning boils down to "guns are dangerous and we don't like them" That is not a good enough reason.

      For gun-control supporters to start gaining ground, they have to 1) convince people that guns are the SOURCE of violence and crime and not just a handy tool in the hands of someone who is already violent and turning to crime and 2) convince people that whatever law they are contemplating will actually make things better.

      This has not been done.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 4 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Pro-gun lobby in the USA is very strong since ages.

      Here is a very good article on why Americans love their guns:

    • perrya profile image

      perrya 4 years ago

      Thanks, I was unaware also. It really seems like an uphill battle.

    • Larry Fields profile image

      Larry Fields 4 years ago from Northern California

      Hi perrya,

      Informative hub. Even though I live in the state, I was unaware of these details about Kalifornia. Voted up, interesting, and shared.

    • Jed Fisher profile image

      Jed Fisher 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      The debate of who’s supposed to have guns is a debate of who’s supposed to have rights. It’s not difficult to compare the evolution of firearms and the evolution of individual rights. The right to vote expanded as the lethality of handheld weapons increased. The invention of the automatic pistol led right in to giving women the right to vote.

      These gun control laws, they seem unenforceable and ridiculous now, and they are, right now. It takes time, a few generations, to disarm the populous. The intent is to have a docile, passive, easily controlled population in the future. In a hundred years, perhaps.

      But in every society, regardless of gun laws, the powerful elites have all the guns they want.