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Top Arguments against gun control

Updated on May 19, 2014


Argument against gun control 1: Gun control means law abiding citizens will lose their guns while criminals will get to keep theirs

Those who argue for gun control often try to say that a ban on guns would mean less criminals with access to weapons. This simply isn't true. In fact, one of the best arguments against Gun control is that it would mean that law abiding citizens have their guns taken away from them while criminals keep theirs.

For starters, gun recall would not work because inevitably the only people that would be prepared to give up their guns are the people who would have used their firearms responsibly. The criminals and those who regularly break the law are highly unlikely to hand back their weapons. In effect this means that the good guys no longer have weapons while the bad guys still have theirs.

Many criminals already source their weapons from illegal sources anyway making any ban on legal firearms redundant. All making guns illegal would do is fuel the black-market trade in weapons making it even easier for criminals to get access to guns.

The Bottom line is that gun laws by definition will only effect those who already follow the law. Criminals will continue to possess guns after gun control laws are passed, the only difference will be that their victims won't.

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Argument 2: Gun control laws prevent citizens from defending themselves

One of the best arguments against gun control is that in an increasingly dangerous world its vital that citizens are able to defend themselves and the only way for many to do that is by owning a firearm. Without having the right to own a gun many would be left without an adequate way to defend themselves.

As we established in the above point, gun control laws don't prevent criminals from obtaining guns.This means in a post gun control world, law abiding citizens would be unable to properly defend themselves. It is vital that we as a society don't let that happen. The only way to fight fire is with fire so its vital that if we know the bad guys will have guns that we don't prevent the good guys from having them as well.

Fathers should have the right to defend their families, mothers need the right to be able to defend their families. It is simply unjust to prevent them from doing so.

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By Ebaychatter0 [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Argument 3: Gun ownership deters criminals

The possibility of wide spread gun ownership acts a deterrent to would be criminals who are considering committing crimes. This is one of the best but most often ignored arguments against gun control. If your a criminal you will think twice about robbing people if there is a chance one of them might be armed. You might reconsider breaking into a house if the homeowner might shoot you. Gun control effectively removes this deterrent and puts the minds of criminals considering committing crimes at ease. If a criminal knows that no one else is armed then they will be more brazen with their crimes. This is especially true if the criminals themselves have guns.

Argument 4: Gun control will just mean that criminals resort to other means to commit crimes.

Generally when guns are banned or heavily restricted overall crime rates don't go down. This is because more often than not criminals will simply resort to other means to commit crimes. Guns are not the only tools the bad guys can use to threaten people and criminals know it. Banning guns tackles one of the symptoms while not addressing the root cause of crime. Knife attacks, assaults with blunt objects and just general physical violence all have a tendency to go up when guns are banned.When making arguments against gun control it its vital that this fact is remembered.

Argument 5: There are better ways to reduce crime and violance

Like was established above, gun control doesn't reduce overall crime. This is why one of the best arguments against gun control is that the government and society would be better off focusing its efforts on programs which aim to address to root causes of crime rather than trying to ban one implement which criminals use. Violent crimes are motivated by a range of factors from mental illness to socio-economic disadvantage. These factors will not disappear if guns do, they will just manifest themselves in other ways. More lives will be saved and less rights infringed if the government stops trying to take away peoples rights and starts addressing the causes of violent crime.

Argument 6: Gun control places unfair restrictions on those who need to own guns.

This is an argument commonly raised against gun control by farmers and sports shooters. Gun control assumes that everyone who owns a firearm has malicious intentions for that weapon. In fact many people who live on the land need guns for their livelihoods. Similarly professional shooters obviously need guns to participate in their sport. These individuals should not be punished for the actions of criminals. Even if there are exceptions for people who need guns, gun control still means these individuals have to face unreasonable restrictions and limitations.

Which of the above was the best of the arguments against gun control?

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      Jane Ramona Rynkiewicz Frieman 

      4 years ago from Morris County, New Jersey

      Here is another point to consider. When you are walking on the sidewalk be it in a city or suburb, day or night, be observant and alert of the surroundings. If you have no way to ditch a person following you, keep your cell phone handy just to call the police. Be aware of your gut feelings. If a street or alley does not look save, do not walk through it.

      Come to think of it with all this surveillance going on with drones from size very large to the size of a hummingbird flying over and in close proximity to our homes including surveillance from the NSA, would we need guns at all?

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      Jane Ramona Rynkiewicz Frieman 

      4 years ago from Morris County, New Jersey

      This burning issue has raised a red flag amongst the consciousness of many American individuals. My thoughts can go in many directions when responding.

      First I question whether we can consider ourselves a civilization at all! If human development stayed indigenous, would we be experiencing murder, even mass murder of people and animals? This is an issue that is complex and not new. What was the chemical cocktail mix in Adam Lanza's mind when he went on his rampage? I have heard that concern raised on WBAI 99.5fm radio including other statements in reference to the pharmaceutical/corporate/military complex. I have read from the pages of Primal Therapy years back. In it was a statement supporting birth control and abortion as a deterrent in the conception and birth of unloved children into the world.

      Second: Sure socio/economics are a factor in the motivation of crime. Those of the 1% want more wealth and manipulate the media to their broadcast their biases as if it was the only truth.

      Third: Communities that are broken up fall prey to victimization. Our once great cities are now bankrupt. Human ties have been severed and need to "come together" again. Neighborhood crime watches need to be reestablished and its residents need to learn to burglar proof their homes.

      Positive community and social ties are the best deterrent against crime. Positive child rearing is another factor.

      As for guns I prefer to not own one. If a person chooses to own one, then consider what the author of this hub stated.


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