Gun control is a topic that will be brought up multiple times during this upcoming election. It is a highly divisive issue, where people already have strong stances. The media pushes only one side of the gun control debate. Here are some facts that they don’t want you to know.
RESEARCH SHOWS AS GUNS HAVE INCREASED, CRIME HAS DECREASED
In the United States as guns have increased, crime has significantly decreased. Since 1993 the numbers of guns in America has risen significantly; this follows a significant decrease in crime during the same time period. Having more guns doesn’t cause murders to increase, because the gun needs someone capable of using it to end the life of another human.
BANNING GUNS DOESN’T DECREASE CRIME
In the United States, gun bans have been tried multiple times. In the 1970s in Washington DC handguns were banned and crime did not decrease. The US also banned assault weapons and 1994 and it also did not result in a decrease in crime. In a lot of the cases the banning of guns in cities was followed by increases in crime. Implementing gun bans does not decrease crime, it only decreases the freedoms American citizens are supposed to have.
THE MAJORITY OF GUNS USED IN CRIMES AREN’T PURCHASED LEGALLY
Most guns used in crimes are not purchased legally. This is shown in multiple studies. In a 2004 study of state prisoners who had a gun with them during the time of a crime, for example, the majority of them did not purchase them legally. In fact, over 75% of these criminals got their guns either illegally through a street source or from family or friends. In Pittsburgh, a similar study was done that yielded similar results. Banning guns does not prevent criminals from getting their hands on guns. They are criminals, they break the law. Law-abiding citizens would be the ones hindered by further gun control.
LAWFUL GUN USE IS MORE LIKELY THAN USING GUNS UNLAWFULlY
Again, the facts are on the side of those who are against gun control. The studies show that people use guns for self defense more than they use them for crimes. According to The National Academies’ Institute of Medicine and National Research Council,
“Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals.”
This is important, because as previously mentioned, most guns used in crimes are purchased illegally. Preventing law-abiding citizens from having guns would hinder their ability to protect themselves.
AMERICAN CITIZENS HAVE THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO OWN A GUN
We are granted the right to self-defense and this is afforded to us even if the numbers change. If the research beginsJust because the crime numbers begin to increase or criminals somehow manage to get their hands on guns legally more often, that doesn’t mean our rights should get stripped away. The Constitution protects us and lays out our rights. It is worth a read.