TITLE

Point: The Unrealistic Goals of Gun Control

AUTHOR(S)
Wilson, Brian
PUB. DATE
September 2016
SOURCE
Points of View: Gun Control;9/30/2016, p5
SOURCE TYPE
Book
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article presents an argument on the unrealistic goals of gun control in the United States. It seems like common sense: if you take all the guns off the streets, violent crime would take a nosedive. There are two problems with this argument: it assumes those who break a country's laws will somehow experience an attack of conscience, and it ignores the reality that even if guns disappear, bad people will find ways to do bad things. The often-scrutinized Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of law-abiding citizens to "keep and bear arms." The nation's founders recognized the God-given right of citizens to protect themselves, and thus provided future generations the chance to use guns for protection. The answer to safer streets is not the gradual elimination of guns, instead the government should continue prosecuting gun crimes aggressively, instilling in those who commit gun crimes a fear of breaking the firearm laws again. While every law-abiding citizen would like to think that the world could be rid of violence, it is not realistic to think so. Since law enforcement cannot respond to every call for help, it is imperative that Americans able to handle the responsibility of owning firearms be permitted to buy and keep them without the fear of unnecessary government intrusion.
ACCESSION #
12444083

 

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