Gun Control

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Gun Control

Abortion, euthanasia, and capital punishment are all controversial issues in today's society. Just as important of an issue to many people is gun control. Gun control lobbyists believe that there should be more control over firearms while anti-lobbyists believe there is already enough. Although many people are killed or seriously injured by firearms which are improperly stored, statistics show that assaults with firearms have been progressively lowered since 1975. Therefore, Justice Minister Alan Rock, the person imposing more restriction, is running on scare tactics. I thoroughly believe that if more gun control laws are imposed upon Canadians, there will be more havoc than necessary.

One of the problems that many people have concerning their opinion on gun control is that they are not fully informed. Therefore, the people who are not fully informed are making decisions on only the information they know. Many people do not understand what exactly is being changed in Charter 85.

The existing lat states that in order to purchase a firearm, the buyer must possess a FAC (Firearm Acquisition Certificate). The buyer also must go through a home schooling course and pass a test. If anybody owns a firearm, it has to be stored properly, by means of a cabinet or trigger lock. Under the proposed law, police officials can enter a premises without consent if they suspect an illegal gun is being hidden there. These new laws conflict with the existing laws and most people make a decision on only what they are told.

The proposed law that Alan Rock has created has many people upset. Anti-gun lobbyists believe that more restrictions breach personal freedom. In 1993, statistics were taken in Edmonton concerning assaults. The statistics showed that firearms were used in six percent of all assaults while knives were used...