Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 12:07:31 PM
Gun control is such a messy topic to fight about. All the contradictions, different opinions, facts, and so many words go back and forth between gun advocates and gun control leaders. Nonetheless, action must be taken for the multiple gun shootings that have taken place recently. The nation seems like they are putting the responsibility and cause of these shootings on the guns themselves. However, guns can’t kill people, only people can kill. So, instead of putting the fault on the guns, and creating more gun restrictions, the government should hold the person who committed these actions accountable.
If the intent of killing is there, the killing will happen. There is a motivation that these criminals get before they commit crime, and when they get this kind of drive, the crime will most likely happen with or without guns. If someone went on another mass killing, but used knifes instead, would knives then be considered to be regulated, or banned all together. People seem to forget a gun is just a tool, but like anything else, it can become a weapon because of the person handling it. A car, it could be the biggest weapon on the road, or it can be just a tool used for transportation. The government should start regulating people sanity, so we have less crazy people to commit these crimes in the first place. More than 40 percent of ex-cons wind up back in jail, and half a million crimes committed each year are by ex-convicts. The government should keep these people in jail, make sure they are stable enough to go back in the public, or find another place to put them because without them back on the streets, a lot less people would be dying.
Finally, the bill of rights and the 2nd amendment allows citizens to protect themselves against not only aggressive citizens, but tyrannical government. Why take away people’s rights because of a select few that probably have something mentally wrong with them. It’s not fair to the rest of the public who exercise the 2nd amendment, granting them to bear arms. This right gives people a feeling of safety and defense if they ever needed it to protect themselves. Also, countries with stricter gun rules and stricter gun control actually have higher violent crime rates. In Britain, there is a handgun ban and all handguns were confiscated, even from registered owners. Within one decade, handgun crimes have doubled there. So, taking away guns, and making gun restrictions will just make it harder for registered, sane people to obtain guns. People who still want guns illegally for crimes will always be able to find a way to get a hold of one, or just use another weapon. Gun free zones also are not a good idea because it just allows criminals with guns to target defenseless people, like the school shooting in Newtown. People need to start being regulated, not guns.