Argumentative Essay on Gun Control

In recent times, there has been an increasing debate over strict gun control laws being implemented in the U.S., there are no concrete studies that suggest that having strict gun laws have a positive impact in the U.S. Gun laws do not lessen crime; gun ownership does by providing a form of self defense to the hardworking, tax paying, American citizen that, otherwise, would be exposed to all kinds of crimes potentially affecting them. In addition, having strict gun laws does not prevent criminals from obtaining them. Lastly, gun control laws are unnecessary because relatively few people in the U.S are victims of gun-related deaths.

There are many studies that suggest the restrictions placed on “carry-conceal” weapons did not mitigate gun-related crimes from occurring. A study published on November 2013, found that between the years 1980 and 2009 this was the case, as Mark Gius, a professor at Quinnipiac University states, “…states with restrictions on the carrying of concealed weapons had higher gun-related murders.” On the other hand, as more guns became available during the 20th century, gun ownership doubled, and as a result, the murder rate in the United States decreased. This proves that by owning guns in the U.S, it will decrease the crime rate in the U.S.

In addition, by adding more restrictions that raise the difficulty in being able to obtain firearms, will demotivate American citizens from wanting to acquire firearms, which will lead to innocent people being left defenseless. While law-abiding citizens follow the rules, there will always be those who disregard these rules, and will obtain guns no matter what. In Chicago, from 2001 and March 2012, 50,000 guns were recovered by the Chicago Police Department, despite there being a ban on gun shops, assault weapons, and high capacity magazines. Over half of the guns recovered where from outside the state of Illinois. Although Chicago has heavy restrictions on acquiring guns, this has not deterred people from acquiring as there are statistics to prove this is the case.

Although there is high concern regarding gun deaths, there is statistical data that suggests we should focus our efforts elsewhere. There are more causes of death in the U.S. that do not involve guns. Statistics provided by the CDC’s, “Leading Causes of Death Reports,” states that within 1999 and 2013, firearms caused the 12th most deaths, which is responsible for merely 1.3% of deaths over that 14 year period in the U.S.

For the many who are in favor for increased gun control, usually base their argument off the overall gun deaths in the U.S. compared to the rest of the world, in which, the U.S. ranks 2nd in the world from 1990 to 2016. However, the U.S. ranks 20th in the world when you compare the same number of deaths distributed per capita. Proving that there is no need for an stricter gun laws.

In conclusion, although there are various reasons for gun control implementation, these laws should not infringe upon an American citizen’s 2nd amendment. Furthermore, by implementing these laws would cause people all over America to be exposed to crimes while being defenseless, which, in turn, can ruin the livelihoods of families all across America. People come to America in order to have freedom, not to be even more restricted by laws that are unnecessary.