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The pros and cons of gun control come to the forefront of debate in the wake of mass shootings that continue to pop up throughout the nation. Yet support for federal bans and reforms remain elusive.
Even the devastating attack at Sandy Hook Elementary in December of failed to garner a consensus on the issue of background checks for gun purchases. The debate is complicated and lacks easy answers, but here are some major pros and cons for gun control.
Vote Now Those who are for greater gun control see three basic pros to new laws: Gun massacres most often use legal weapons: According to Mother Jones, of the more than 70 mass shootings in the United States in the last 30 years, about three-quarters of the guns used were obtained legally by the killers.
Pro-gun control advocates believe tougher gun laws could have potentially prevented these crimes. Gun control laws protect children and families: Moms Demand Action, a grassroots group founded in response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, believes guns in America are creating a public health crisis that is attacking children, citing statistics that show nearly eight American children are shot and killed every day.
The group says stronger laws are the answer to protecting children. Background checks will help keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them: Americans for Responsible Solutions, supported by former U.
Gabrielle Giffords and her astronaut husband Mark Kelly, advocates for background checks to prevent criminals, domestic abusers, and seriously mentally ill people from buying guns. The group says laws requiring background checks have prevented the purchase of guns by nearly 2 million people who should not have had them.
Those who believe new laws for gun control are not the answer argue the following cons: The group points out that the right to bear arms for self-defense is protected in all states as well as the U. Handgun restriction laws have been struck down by the U.
Violent crime goes down when more people legally carry guns: Right-to-carry laws have been on the rise in the U. At the same time, violent crime rates have decreased.
The number of privately owned guns has risen by about million.
The Federal Assault Weapons ban, signed by President Bill Clinton inexpired and has not had enough support to be renewed.An attorney and former sniper team leader for the U.S. Army explains why 10 of the most common gun control arguments don't make sense.
increased. Also, gun restrictions can lead to an increase.
Apr 21, · Last year, the small arms survey concluded that the United States has firearms for every one hundred people.
That’s more than Yemen, Mexico, Pakistan, and the West Bank/Gaza combined.
That’s more than Yemen, Mexico, Pakistan, and the West Bank/Gaza combined. Jul 08, · Taking aim at some common pro-gun arguments. (Illustration by Lehel Kovacs / For The Times) The National Rifle Association and its allies have their post-shooting routine down cold. Why should gun owners concern themselves with the United Nations?
After all, what jurisdiction do U.N. bureaucrats have for sticking their nose into the U.S. gun control debate since the United States Constitution gives no authority of any kind to the U.N?
The conflicted, dangerous, and empowering truth of American women's beliefs, opinions, and experiences of gun ownership and gun control -the results of which are published here for the first time. More gun control laws are correlated with lower rates of violence, and vice versa.
The U.S. has the highest rate of gun ownership and the highest rate of homicide-by-gun in the world.