Has the Gun Law Culture in US done more Harm than Good to the Citizens?

Many call America as "The land of guns" due to the mass shooting sprees happening regularly

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Nov 20, 2016: The United States of America has many interesting and controversial laws but the Gun Law tops them all. The second amendment of the US constitution says that “a well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” It is quite clear that Gun Law in the US has done more harm than good. There have been many cases of open shooting wherein innocent people have been killed.

Whether Gun Control laws could prevent 2015 Mass shooting- a post in The Guardian read, “Last Wednesday, two mass shootings happened in America. In one of them, 14 people were killed and 21 others were injured, prompting Barack Obama to describe stronger background checks for gun purchases as “common sense”. Earlier, that same day, two gunmen killed one person and injured three others in Savannah, Georgia. In neither case, is there any evidence that the killers obtained their guns illegally.”

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Gun shooting has sadly become a common issue in the US ever since the second amendment on the gun laws. The situation, as of now, in the US can be deemed as a crisis; the gun crisis. The gun crisis gives some really disturbing data. Around 1000 mass shootings have taken place in around 1260 days. This tells us how severe the situation is. What’s alarming is- in many of the cases, the arms or guns used by the shooter were not procured illegally.

Guns were in fact bought legally in the US which brings us back to the starting point, that US Constitution should implement strong gun control laws. However, the history of US carries with itself few differing thoughts on the gun control crisis. For eg: “To disarm the people is the most effectual way to enslave them”, George Mason, a 17th-century politician quotes. Another great soul in the history of America, Thomas Jefferson quotes that “What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms.” As we can see, many of the founding fathers and important politicians of US have claimed earlier that the possession of arms is probably not a completely bad thing. But the scenario today, in the US speaks otherwise.

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America has adopted the name, “The land of guns”, due to the mass shooting sprees happening constantly. However, many people claim that ownership of guns is in some way a good thing too because it can help prevent an attack on oneself. But this is again, just a meagre quantity of the total ownership of guns in the US. One can only hope and wait for a better amendment to the existing law which has definitely only worsened the condition in the States.

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  • Jon

    The author is not discussing gun laws nor crime data within its proper context. Nearly all gun crime is committed in America’s 10 largest cities (largely gang crime). These 10 largest cities also have some of the strictest gun control laws on the books.

    Look at the State of Iowa, in which I live. We have 3.1 million residents and are geographically slightly larger than England. We average a gun homicide rate of about 0.6 per 100,000 (less than 30 total annually). This, despite the fact Iowa is a “shall issue” open/conceal carry state that recognizes permits from all states, has no gun bans, nor does the state have any magazine capacity restrictions.

    If lenient gun laws are the problem, why does Iowa have a lower gun homicide rate than the Canada, Australia, and the UK (which are all heralded as gun-control utopias)? The answer is; gun control is *not* the issue. Poverty, unemployment, population density, and enforcement (or the lack thereof) of current gun laws are the culprit.

    Perhaps gun-control advocates should do a root-cause analysis rather than using reactionary tactics that merely target the symptom rather than the cause.

  • medic5392

    Holy false! The majority of gun deaths can be traced to either suicide or the drug trade. The guns purchased for the intent of suicide are often paid for legally, but the ones used in homicides in relation to the drug trade are not.

    Bottom line, unless you are going to kill yourself or are involved in the drug trade you have a better chance of being struck by lightning than being a victim of gun violence.

  • Abraham Collins

    The world is waiting for America to give up its guns, so the world can finally implement Agenda 21. America will not give up its guns and America will resist Agenda 21 with deadly force. Come and take them!

  • I like Pie

    Humans have been killing each other ever since they discovered that the weak are at the mercy of the strong. Firearms only gave the weak a fighting chance. Everything else is a superfluous distraction.

  • Porus Dadabhoy

    Tend to agree with Jon , poverty, lack of education, lack of jobs, absence of family structure, confinement, also drugs and gangs on the streets, There are about 100,000 gang members in any major metropolitan area ravaged by gun violence. Having visited Iowa and living in a suburb of chicago.

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  • Jon

    The author is not discussing gun laws nor crime data within its proper context. Nearly all gun crime is committed in America’s 10 largest cities (largely gang crime). These 10 largest cities also have some of the strictest gun control laws on the books.

    Look at the State of Iowa, in which I live. We have 3.1 million residents and are geographically slightly larger than England. We average a gun homicide rate of about 0.6 per 100,000 (less than 30 total annually). This, despite the fact Iowa is a “shall issue” open/conceal carry state that recognizes permits from all states, has no gun bans, nor does the state have any magazine capacity restrictions.

    If lenient gun laws are the problem, why does Iowa have a lower gun homicide rate than the Canada, Australia, and the UK (which are all heralded as gun-control utopias)? The answer is; gun control is *not* the issue. Poverty, unemployment, population density, and enforcement (or the lack thereof) of current gun laws are the culprit.

    Perhaps gun-control advocates should do a root-cause analysis rather than using reactionary tactics that merely target the symptom rather than the cause.

  • medic5392

    Holy false! The majority of gun deaths can be traced to either suicide or the drug trade. The guns purchased for the intent of suicide are often paid for legally, but the ones used in homicides in relation to the drug trade are not.

    Bottom line, unless you are going to kill yourself or are involved in the drug trade you have a better chance of being struck by lightning than being a victim of gun violence.

  • Abraham Collins

    The world is waiting for America to give up its guns, so the world can finally implement Agenda 21. America will not give up its guns and America will resist Agenda 21 with deadly force. Come and take them!

  • I like Pie

    Humans have been killing each other ever since they discovered that the weak are at the mercy of the strong. Firearms only gave the weak a fighting chance. Everything else is a superfluous distraction.

  • Porus Dadabhoy

    Tend to agree with Jon , poverty, lack of education, lack of jobs, absence of family structure, confinement, also drugs and gangs on the streets, There are about 100,000 gang members in any major metropolitan area ravaged by gun violence. Having visited Iowa and living in a suburb of chicago.