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The Debate over Gun Control

             Guns are bad, right? After all, they are the cause of the "increase" in crime that America has experienced, and the fact is that guns kill people. The only way to get rid of this problem is to abolish personal ownership of guns. Sound familiar? American citizens have been bombarded with these types of falsities in recent years. Whether it is by the biased media or by celebrities who feel they need to intervene where they do not belong, the nation is being brainwashed. Stricter gun laws have proven to actually increase crime in the areas that they are employed. The constitution, specifically the Second Amendment, even protects our right to own firearms. Stricter gun laws need not be set in place in the United States due to their tendency to increase violent crime and the contradiction they have with the Constitution. .
             Gun control is a very broad term. It can be used to define the complete banning of guns or just strict enforcement of current laws. According to Larry Craig, "The criminal who wasn't stopped by 20,000 laws won't stop for 20,001" (3). This is a very logical point. Society needs to concentrate on enforcing the laws that are in place now. The gun laws that are in place do not even work. What makes proponents of personal gun ownership think more will? As Conservative Digest comments, " more guns in the hands of the law-abiding citizens equates to less violent crime and that society is safer when criminals don't know who's armed" ("Gun Control" 1). .
             If gun control isn't necessary, then why do people continually push for it? If it worked, perhaps it would make sense, but the facts clearly contradict that. Reported by the National Center for Policy Analysis, "Among the 15 states with the highest homicide .
             rate, 10 have restrictive or very restrictive gun laws" ("Myth No. 2" 2). Certainly that says something for gun control if it is two for three in raising the homicide rate.

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