Stricter Gun Laws and Ban on Guns in the USA
Gun control is a very essential yet debatable issue in the United States of America, because many citizens are in possession of firearms. Due to inadequate civic education on the ways to appropriately use the guns and those firearms that fall in the hands of criminals, the rate of crime in the country increases. The increase of such insecurity cases makes it vital for as many people as possible to be in possession of guns, meaning that controlling their possession might risk the security of some people in the USA. This essay discusses why the current call for stricter gun-laws and ban on guns in the USA is not a good decision. The choice for this essay has been influenced by the rising cases of insecurity, as many citizens are violently robbed at gun point amid tougher rules regarding the possession of guns and a subsequent ban on guns in the country. Therefore, the increasing violent robberies necessitate a less-stringent means of controlling the possession and use of guns.
In the United States, possessing a gun was a constitutional right. The consensus to make it constitutional was arrived at by the founding fathers that empirically discussed the issue and agreed that the possession of a gun was actually a fundamental right of an individual (Doeden 114). Their attitude towards gun possession was influenced by the need for individual protection from armed criminals who might take advantage of the unarmed citizens. Ideally, being armed was a form of liberty preservation for an individual and limitation of the government’s interference with the rights of the republicans by then (Nisbet 44). However, the current political philosophy does not believe that the U.S’s government oppresses with those in opposing camp.
The laws actually do not address the problem of individual liberty. Instead, those who advocate for gun control argue that the ban on firearms may not limit the right to self-defense for any person, because the same laws provide for the individual’s access to shotguns and riffles for similar purpose (Doherty 104). It does not address the problem, because stringent laws limit the efficiency with which the people can acquire the firearms (Kopel [b] 25). A ban now makes it completely impossible for an ordinary person to access guns, and, thus, his/her security becomes compromised.
Due to the fact that guns were legalized and possession of a gun was a constitutional right in the US, several companies emerged to provide this necessity and defensive tool. The proliferation of low quality firearms in the country and tax evasion strategy by the disgruntled business people created a cartel that operated black market (Beck 71). This makes a huge black market of guns to exist in the USA. The black market also offers cheap firearms that attract many potential customers. Plenty of firearms, therefore, find their way into the hands of the people, which becomes a situation that worries the authority in its attempt to control and impose a ban on guns (Beck 74). The cartel of firearm dealers are very strong and have spread across the U.S, and, thus, eradicating them or their activities is not easy.
In essence, additional laws would not significantly affect the guns being sold on the black market. The need to feel safe and readiness to encounter any threat from an enemy necessitates one to posses a defensive tool that is easier to carry and move along with. In several instances, cases of robberies with violence, rape at gun point, and shooting of innocent people are reported across the United States (Hupp 77). The armed criminals take advantage of other ordinary or unsuspecting people to commit such heinous acts against those people (Kopel 45). This increases the need for the guns and any other laws that do not address the cases of insecurity and, conclusively, will not have adverse effect on the guns that are sold on the black market (Lott[a] 22). Therefore, different groups of people have come openly to fight gun control in the country. They complain that the initiative jeopardizes the life and safety of vulnerable Americans in the hands of criminals (Hupp 77). The citizens are aware that personal security begins with the individual, and the state’s input may be minimal.
In most cases, any call for disarmament targets the criminal, not the ordinary citizens. During disarmament, the law abiding Americans can be bold to return the guns that they obtained from the black market, thinking that everyone will respond to the call (Nisbet 258). However, criminals always remain adamant to return the guns in their possession but only look for avenues of receiving others. This means that disarming the criminals and gangs must always be done or succeed only by the applying force (Lott [a] 37). Despite the laws to disarm people of their illegal guns, criminals cannot voluntarily surrender the firearms that they possess unlawfully (Doeden 121).
In summary, the reader should understand that mere gun control cannot guarantee the people’s liberty and individual security. First, it is a war against the constitutional right that the founding fathers empirically discussed and on which agreed. Second, the government also lacks the capacity to eliminate cartels selling guns on the black market. Third, all the government’s attempts to disarm the people of illegal guns never reach the targeted criminals and gangs but only succeed among the law abiding citizens, which is, thus, not effective. Therefore, unless the federal government has the capacity to eliminate insecurity by clearing criminals and gangs, the current call for stricter gun-laws and ban on guns in the USA is not a good thing and cannot be justified.
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