- In the past, America has witnessed quite a number of incidences where innocent people, including school children, have been killed by gunmen who raid unexpectedly.
- Law makers in the nation need to come up with a bill that is aimed at regulating the ownership of guns.
- There are both sides of the argument; the pro and the anti-guns teams, each of which has its own reasons to stand for a particular issue.
- The supporters of the gun control act have it that presence of so many weapons in the country is responsible for the various incidences of violence witnessed therein. It has also led to deaths and suffering.
- Proponents, on the other side, argue that restricting the guns is not realistic; hence the only way should be regulating the rules. These two arguments act as the main pillars on which the war is fought.
- According to Barbaro (2013), the New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg started campaigns aimed at showing that the gun control should not completely annihilate the right or capacity of the people to own guns.
- He argues that there is the need for the law makers to consider this position before making their move.
- Background checks on gun owners should be in order so as to prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands (Horwitz, 2013).
- Although not all the people who have guns use it for the wrong means, the laws should regulate the ownership of guns for all individuals.
- Most importantly, the background checks should be carried out so as to make sure that the firearms do not fall in the arms of the criminals (Lott, 2010).
- Miller (2013) also takes a position as to why the gun laws need to be well checked for appropriateness.
- He indicates that there has been an increase in the gun attacks on innocent citizens which puts them at risk since they have no means to protect themselves from the armed gangsters should they attack.
- With this in mind, it is worth noting that such an argument is in favor of weapon circulation which would in turn lead to chaos in the country.
- The more guns there are, the more confrontations there will be, the more the deaths, and the more the suffering of the innocent.
- There is no way that a wrong can be corrected with a wrong; as such, the argument that people need to be protected from armed gangsters by arming them is grossly misleading.
- There is one major backdrop in this war against guns; many of the Americans own firearms, such that it is virtually impossible to rid all the people of guns (Lott, 2010).
- As such, the laws should not only address gun ownership by the individuals, but also curb the illegal channels through which the guns fall into the hands of the people (Lott, 2010).
- The nation needs to be free from such chaos perpetrated by individuals who own guns and other firearms.
- In as much as there are many ways aimed at controlling these crimes, it goes without saying that keeping the guns off the streets is the best assurance for the security of the people.
- Therefore, the pro-gun control campaigns should not cease; they are the way to peace.
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Lott, J. (2010). More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Miller, J. (2013). Is America Irreversably Pro-Gun? CBS News, 28th March, 2013. Retrieved on 31st March 2013 from http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57576707/is-america-irreversibly-pro-gun/