If you live in the U.S., sooner or later you might have gotten pulled into the debates on gun control that have been occurring over and over in response to different media stories. What is gun control? Most would agree that control is not about eliminating access to guns, but rather, restricting it to responsible people so that it does not fall into the wrong hands, or get used inappropriately. Here are a few reasons to be on the side of pro gun control debate.
1. Gun Control Statistics Illuminate the Downsides of Easy Access
Almost every week, a shooting makes the front pages papers in the U.S. Is it like this in other industrialized countries? No. What makes the U.S. unique, then? Among similar countries, the U.S. has one of the highest rates of gun ownership, and a correspondingly high death rate by guns. For every 100,000 people, 10 die in the U.S. by gun. The closest runner up is Finland, with 4.47. Gun ownership corresponds with gun death.
2. Gun Owners Don’t Adhere to the Rules Set in Place
How is it that guns always end up in the hands of deranged shooters? The Columbine killers, who killed 13 people besides themselves in 1999, both obtained their guns illegally. One of their friends bought one from an unlicensed seller at a gun show, and the other came from a pizza shop employee who knew they were too young. And unfortunately, the American Journal of Public Health reports that 43% of American homes that have both guns and children have at least one gun that isn’t locked away. What does this mean? Anyone who wants a gun for the wrong reasons can easily obtain it, because the people who currently own guns do not practice enough caution. Better gun control can help to instill caution.
3. How Rules About Ownership Could Help
Research by Mother Jones found that half of all mass shooters used assault weapons or high capacity magazines, yet 49 out of the 62 shootings over the last two decades have made use of legal weapons. In other words? A simple background check or limit on unnecessary high powered weapons could have potentially prevented several national tragedies. Why would anyone outside of a military officer need a high capacity magazine that can gun down multiple people at once?
What do you think about the pro gun control debate?