Should the United States federal government implement and enforce a gun ban?
Before I begin, I want to extend my deepest apologies and sympathy for those affected by school shootings or any gun-related incidents.
For the record, I am pro-gun and second amendment. I believe calling for an immediate ban on guns is impractical and the success rate will be low. I do, however, advocate for universal background checks, stronger gun regulations, and a licensing program. I also believe that anyone with mental illness or has someone who is mentally ill living in the house should not obtain a gun.
The American people should have the right to bear arms for two reasons. These reasons are self-defense and to revolt against a tyrannical government. I do not hold an opinion on hunting, and fail to see the necessity in it. However, Americans have the prerogative to hunt using legally owned firearms.
First off, unless someone invents the lightsaber( which would be awesome), the gun is the most efficient weapon for the common man. Guns are long-ranged weapons that can kill or immobilize using a trigger. A taser or a knife is not as effective since it requires to be in close proximity with the offender. Statistically, the National Rifle Association (NRA) recorded that guns are used for self-defense around 2.5 million times a year. Also, 48% of convicted felons surveyed that they avoided assaulting a person carrying a gun. Furthermore, the Pew Research Center found 79% of male gun owners and 80% of female gun owners said owning a gun made them feel safer. 64% of people living in a home in which someone else owns a gun felt safer. Therefore, do guns evidently make someone safe?
Secondly, the founding father’s drafted the second amendment because they feared the rise of a tyranny within the United States government. If the United States government ever becomes tyrannical( God forbid), then the American people must be properly equipped to defend themselves. For example, one of the first laws Hitler enacted as the German chancellor was an immediate seizure of guns. Later, historians concluded that one of the first steps to turning a democratic state into a fascist regime is taking away certain rights.
I believe the most common argument for the pro-gun control party is saying, “Guns kill people and are the cause of horrific acts of terror such as school shootings.” There may be sub-points to this argument, but this is what the gun control debate revolves around.
First, let’s talk about the practicality of the banning guns.
The Washington Post recorded that there are 393 million legal guns distributed among 50 million households. This is not counting illegal firearms.
The problem with people who are pro-gun control is that they are trying to make a hypothetical come true. The United States federal government does not have the necessary resources nor manpower to successfully seize every single gun within the United States. This is a simple fact that is overlooked when debating gun control.
Also, a possible effect on implementing a ban is a rise in the black market. In the 1900s, the government implemented a ban on alcohol aka prohibition. This evidently increased mob crimes and an underground network of illegally exported alcohol. In the end, the government was forced to reinstate the legalization of alcohol to decrease crime. This may be possible with the ban on guns.
Now, the most common argument pro-gun control advocates use mass shootings. To be more specific, school shootings.
There have been 346 mass shootings to this date. The FBI defines a “mass shooting” as killing 3 or more people. There have been 163 casualties in 2018 from school shootings itself.
I have nothing but rage and contempt for the shooter and sympathy for the victims. But here is the problem with school shootings:
Correlation is not Causation
Statistically, almost all of the school shooters suffered from some kind of disorder. Physiologically, they had a stressor in life that pushed them over the edge to have an urge to murder people. Instead of focusing on guns, let’s focus on the people themselves. We can build support groups, give more to charity, finance rehabilitation centers, and give more to the community as a whole. The gun is not what is pulling the trigger, it is the human.
These are not to only arguments for gun control. I am happy to debate or talk to anyone with opposing views.
Remember, let’s be polite; let’s be respectful, but most of all, let’s be outspoken.
Executive Editor, Lead Politics Columnist, and Photographer. Co-founder of the La Cañada Charity. A patriot, chess enthusiast, and older brother attempting to be politically independent.