With the recent gun control debate and legislation, gun control statistics have been coming from all sides, and there is not promise that any of these are accurate and unbiased. Each side will twist the issue until it gets the support it needs, and every publication of gun control statistics demonstrates the bias of every gun rights group and each gun control lobbyist. One of the best questions to ask in the midst of this ideological standoff is “What is gun control?” What does gun control look like? How will it affect gun control statistics?
Obviously, gun control can mean any number of things, including the restriction of gun sales, more enforced requirements for the possession of guns, or increased liability for the gun owner. We have seen in recent years that criminals, drug addicts, and even children have easy access to guns, and the question that begs to be asked is what can we do to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous or untrained individuals and thereby decrease the incidence of gun violence. However, America’s Second Amendment stands in the way of gun confiscation, as it protects weapons’ owners right to own and bear arms for purposes of self protection. The balance of maintaining safety and, at the same time, allowing citizens to exercise their “inalienable rights” is the predicament in which we find ourselves as a nation.
Some state that limited access to mental health treatment, poverty, violent video games, and any number of other social ills or injustices are the reason for escalated gun violence, but we have yet to agree upon a course of action amenable to all parties.