Gun Control?

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Gun control is a subject that is being debated and will continue to be debated for years to come. There are many different views of what causes crime. Some say crimes caused by guns and others say that it is the people behind the guns. In James Q. Wilson's essay entitled "Just Take Away Their Guns", he tries to propose some solutions that would solve the gun control debate. Of course, every plan of action is going to have it's drawbacks, and Wilson's has some major ones.. Wilson's plan to train police officers to be able to spot would be gun carriers more easily, arming the police with hi-tech weapon detectors, , and letting the police keep the authority to "pat down" people suspected with reasonable-suspicion would have too many negative effects to even consider enforcing in the United States.

The first part of Wilson's plan is to train police to be able to spot people that look like they are carrying guns.

How does one pick someone out of a crowd that looks like they are carrying a gun? I don't think it is possible to look at someone and tell if they are carrying a gun or not. That is ridiculous. Just because of the way someone looks doesn't mean that they are carrying a gun. What criteria should be used to determine if someone looks like when they are carrying a gun? Do they put on baggy pants with a do-rag before they put the gun in their pants or pocket? As of right now, there is not one, and never will be one. I know many people that carry guns that probably would be stopped because of the way they look. They look like your everyday, average American teenager. I doubt very seriously that...