The Argument For Stricter Gun Control Laws

Essay by novaravenUniversity, Bachelor'sA-, November 2008

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I am writing a persuasive argument in favor of stricter gun control laws. I am

very passionate about this topic because the use of firearms in the wrong hands is a

deadly prophecy. It can be in the form of children getting a hold of a gun and hurting

themselves or others, an adult with violent propensities mishandling a weapon, or

someone who wants the use of a firearm in aiding suicide. When one looks at the

increased incident of injury to children, homicide, and suicide, it is clear there is a need

for stricter gun control laws. This paper argues that firearms continue to play a dominant

role in violence both criminal and accidental regardless of laws such as the five-day

waiting period and the Brady Law. I will show how easier access to guns, rather than

preventing crime, creates more of it through the use of examples and statistics

Those whom are opposed to gun control laws do not like to admit there is a link

between access to guns and violence.

The NRA says "guns don't kill people, people kill

people." They will claim that the right to bear arms for self-defense and civil rights

would be diminished. However, this view is only one sided and it fails to address the link

between the ownership of guns and the violence that occurs because of it.

Almost everyday we can open up a newspaper or turn on a national news

broadcast on the television and discover a new case of someone being killed by the use of

a gun. Perhaps it was a child whom had access to his/her parents gun they keep in the

house for self defensive purposes, an adult whom was an innocent bystander during a

workplace massacre or robbery, a shooting at a school...