13 Dec Why Should Guns Stay Legal
“Firearms control” means any legal measure to prevent or restrict the possession or use of weapons, including, but not limited to, firearms. (In a broader historical sense, the term also refers to legal restrictions on the possession or use of other weapons, including those created before the invention of gunpowder.) In most developed countries, gun control is strict and unchallenged. In others, it is a sensitive political issue, pitting those who consider it necessary for public security against those who consider it a dangerous violation of individual freedom. These days, it`s almost impossible to go a year without a school shooting happening in the United States. A school shooting – the place that should be reserved for education and knowledge – but we need to do exercises now and learn what to do in case a shooter comes to our school. Why should we worry so much about being killed when we go somewhere to learn and develop what we know? How is the government responding? They made few changes to gun control laws, even after the March4OurLives protest and the annual killings. Instead, the Trump administration has offered to arm the teachers themselves with weapons so they can defend themselves in this case. It wouldn`t save people from school shootings, it would just make shootings more frequent and more people would die. Instead of making it harder for anyone to buy a gun, it`s getting easier and easier. I hope that we will see in our next administration a shift to our advantage in gun control. Out of 62 mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and 2012, 49 of them used legally acquired weapons. In total, the killers owned 143 weapons, about 75 percent of which were acquired legally.  A Secret Service analysis found that out of 24 mass shootings in 2019, at least 10 (42%) involved illegally held weapons.
 Gun rights activist John R. Lott, Jr., Ph.D., said, “The problem with such [gun control] laws is that they take guns away from law-abiding citizens while potential criminals ignore them.  According to a May 2013 report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 37.4% of state prison inmates who “used, carried, or possessed a firearm while committing the crime for which they were serving a prison sentence” received the weapon from a family member or friend.  Despite Chicago`s ban on gun stores, shooting ranges, assault weapons, and high-capacity magazines, there were 2,089 victims of shootings in Chicago in 2014, including at least 390 murders.    Approximately 50,000 guns were seized by Chicago police between 2001 and March 2012. The guns came from all 50 states and more than half came from outside Illinois.  Between 1999 and 2016, there were a total of 572,537 firearm deaths: 336,579 suicides (58.8% of total firearm deaths); 213,175 homicides (37.2%); and 11,428 unintentional deaths (2.0%).  Firearms were the leading cause of death by homicide (67.7% of all homicides) and suicide (51.8% of all suicides).  A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that firearms were the second leading cause of death among children, accounting for 15% of child deaths, compared to 20% of motor vehicle accidents.
 A study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that “the legal purchase of a handgun appears to be associated with an increased risk of long-term violent death.”  According to a March 10, 2016 Lancet study, implementing universal background checks at the federal level could reduce firearm deaths by 56.9%; Background checks for ammunition purchases could reduce fatalities by approximately 80.7 per cent; And firearm identification requirements could reduce fatalities by 82.5%.  Firearms licensing laws have been associated with a 14% decrease in firearm-related homicides, while an increase in firearm-related homicides has been observed in places where there are gun laws and firearms prohibition laws.   Among Republicans, gun owners are generally less likely than non-owners to favor policies that restrict access to firearms. Non-Democratic gun owners are generally the most likely to favor restrictions. On June 26, 2008, Justice Antonin Scalia, LLB, District of Columbia et al. v. Heller, wrote: “Like most rights, the law guaranteed by the Second Amendment is not unlimited. In our view, nothing should be questioned about long-standing prohibitions on the possession of firearms by criminals and the mentally ill, laws prohibiting the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws that impose conditions and conditions on the commercial sale of firearms.  On June 9, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the U.S.
Ninth District ruled by a vote of 7 to 4 that “the right of the general public to carry a concealed firearm in public is not protected by the Second Amendment and has never been protected,” upholding a law requiring an approval process and a “good reason” for secret port permits in California.   A 2018 study found that 91% of the 1,153 lawsuits with claims indicating government action or law were directed against the Second Amendment between CD v. 2008. Heller and February 1, 2016.  The public is even more divided on the impact of gun ownership on crime as a whole. About a third (34%) say there would be more crime if more people owned guns. The same percentage (34%) say there would be no difference in crime, while 31% say there would be less crime. There is broad partisan agreement on some gun policy proposals, but most are politically divisive, according to the April 2021 poll. Majorities in both parties` coalitions favor two measures that would restrict access to guns: preventing people with mental illness from buying guns (85% of Republicans and 90% of Democrats favor it) and subjecting private gun sales and gun shows to background checks (70% of Republicans, 92% of Democrats). Majorities in both parties are also opposed to people being allowed to carry hidden firearms without authorization. About half of Americans (53%) favor stricter gun laws, down from 2019, according to the Center`s April 2021 survey. The lowest proportions say these laws are roughly correct (32%) or should be less strict (14%).
The percentage of Americans who say gun laws should be stricter dropped 60% in September 2019.