The Relation Between Violence and Gun Control Laws

by alexandrosegreti on September 10, 2013 - 11:53pm

Alexandro Segreti


The Relation Between Violence and Gun Control Laws


            The article talks about gun control in the United States and discusses the pros and cons of regulating gun control and sales. This is a big issue especially in the United States due to the high rate of gun ownership and the violent gun crimes that happen such as the Columbine shooting, Virginia Tech shooting and the Aurora, Colorado theatre shooting just to name a few. Many believe such shootings could have been avoided with stricter gun control laws, seeing how many of the incidents were committed by youth who got their hands on a gun, did not have a gun license or carried restricted firearms such as assault rifles. The fact that there are so many guns circulating around the USA, very powerful high caliber weapons which are specifically made to kill people are easily accessible and the lack of uniform gun control laws are the reasons why there so much gun violence. Pro-gun control laws would decrease this phenomenon and make it restricted to obtain assault rifles and easily concealed weapons, and would increase safety precautions like locks and disassembling weapons when not in use for sport or self defense.


            On the other hand, Americans are protected by the Second Amendment which gives them the right to bear arms, comes into conflict with the legislation and stricter gun control laws that certain groups are urging the government to install. One of the arguments against stricter gun control laws would be that it is not the accessibility of guns that is the problem, but the way guns and violence are perceived in the American culture.


            The ethical principles behind both sides would be on one side, the right to bear arms and their own right to follow the constitution. On the other, it would be to consider its repercussions. Should it be abolished so that we could establish stricter gun control laws? I personally think that there should be stricter gun laws, especially safer methods of gun handling and ownership. I believe that in doing so it actually would reduce violence in the United States.


 

Comments

Great post, very intuitive article.

Guns issues are always the big problem of American and always a hot topic to discuss. I agress with your position that there should be stricter gun laws. Some people say that bringing weapons (guns) or keep weapons is their rights, however, if this right harm the right of other people, it should not be considered as a right but a threat. As we know many cases of gun shooting in American caused by the people whos sometimes very aggressive or have mental issues ( most of them caused by the over stressd), some one them even have the criminal record such as robbering or stealing, even hurting people. How did these people get the guns or why would they be permitted to own guns?
For most of the people, guns or weapons are used to protect themself, and if they have a clear backgrand or stable mental statue, a stricter gun laws does not influence them a lot, but it could help to reduce the violence rate and even murder rate.
The gun laws strict degree decide the function of the guns: a tool to protect people themselves or a tool for killing

I also think that gun control laws should be stricter. As you said, most of the recent tragedies involved an assault weapon, designed to fire very rapidly and to cause damage. I understand that the Second Amendment places the ownership of a gun within the rights of an individual. However, I think it would be wise to discuss what kind of guns should be placed in the category of weapon citizens have the right to carry. Apart from the simple fact that carrying an arm is a right, one of the most prominent arguments opposed to more rigorous control laws is the issue of self-protection. But is a gun the can fire hundreds of bullets per minute really necessary to protect yourself? I don’t think so. I think that banning, at least partly, such weapons would be a good start. To me, it is imperative for measures to be taken right now, before things get any worse. I want to point out the issue of 3D printers. An article from the New York Times of October 2012 discussed the fact that owning a gun could become as simple as downloading the blueprints of a gun on the Internet and “printing” it using a 3D printer. It would make the control of weapons in the country even more difficult. This is very worrisome to me and I think it should prompt a change in gun control laws. Here’s a link to the article. http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/07/with-a-3-d-printer-building-a-g...

I strongly believe that there should definitely be stricter regulations when it comes to gun purchasing and ownership. While others may adopt a virtue ethics approach arguing that guns don’t kill people, but rather people kill people, I prefer to be safe than sorry and not eradicate gun ownership entirely but definitely make it significantly harder to purchase and own one. It’s come to the point where practically anyone who wants a gun, can get his hands on one. While some may argue that not all those who own guns intend on using them in violent ways, I believe that there is no way to differentiate just like that, who will and who won’t. Thus, until we can and that is if we ever, gun control laws should definitely be much stricter.

I strongly believe that there should definitely be stricter regulations when it comes to gun purchasing and ownership. While others may adopt a virtue ethics approach arguing that guns don’t kill people, but rather people kill people, I prefer to be safe than sorry and not eradicate gun ownership entirely but definitely make it significantly harder to purchase and own one. It’s come to the point where practically anyone who wants a gun, can get his hands on one. While some may argue that not all those who own guns intend on using them in violent ways, I believe that there is no way to differentiate just like that, who will and who won’t. Thus, until we can and that is if we ever, gun control laws should definitely be much stricter.

I comment this post because, I am really interested by the jurisdiction of gun control in United States. I am for the possession of guns it is part of their constitution, firearm can be useful for self-defense, but I think people have to much easily access to guns. In some cases, it can be dangerous. In my opinion we should have the respect for autonomy, my opinion is based on values such as security, autonomy and individual freedom. Do you think that in USA gun control laws are enough strict ?

I am commenting on your post because I found that this topic is quite interesting and has been bothering me for quite some time. I agree with you that if the gun control laws were a lot stricter there wouldn't have been as many shootings and deaths in the first place. I liked the fact that within your post you had put a question to make people think and my answer to that question is yes I think that it should be abolished so that we can get stricter gun control laws and therefore not get has many deaths. The only concern I have with this issue is if the gun control laws are stricter wouldn't that mean that people would want to get a gun because the mentality of a criminal is that they like to do stuff they are not allowed to do, which is kill people?

It is interesting to read about gun laws in the U.S. because my own topic was gun control in Canada. I also think security is the most important and is it a good idea to maybe have laws about who and how you can buy these guns. I liked that you spoke about the accessibility to guns that is the problem because it is true you can buy a gun in a supermarket in the states and it is an issue. It might be in the constitution to bear arms but is it just me or it is getting old ? can