Archive for January 10, 2013

Jan
10

I Need Another Gun Control Article!

Gun crime statistics

I think that there is a need for one more gun control article. When there are hundreds of gun control articles doing the rounds in the print media as well as in the web world,what is the need for one more gun control article? I have a good reason for asking for this. The need for another gun control essay is that I want to enhance the quality of the ongoing gun control debate.

I know that gun control pros and cons are not being discussed in the gun control debates. But I find that there are two shortcomings in the campaign being carried on through gun control articles. One is that gun control facts are not being properly presented and the other is that some of the arguments put in by the anti gun control people are not being effectively countered.

How could the new gun control article overcome these two shortcomings? I have a few suggestions. Let me start with the gun death statistics. When statistics are presented on a serious issue like gun death, it is not enough to just quote some figures. The statistical data has to be analyzed and the summary of the analysis should be presented in a simple way. People may not be inclined to read the figures they see in the newspapers. But people will be interested in reading the analysis reports that appear in gun control articles. For example, instead of giving the death toll caused by gun violence, the article can report that a larger number of children are killed in gun violence in regions that house a larger number of guns. This kind of an analysis will help the readers to understand the correlation between gun ownership and gun crime. Another kind of analysis can point out that the US has the highest ratio of guns to population in the world, with 89 guns for 100 people.

The second task to be taken up by gun control articles is to deal with specious arguments advanced by the gun lobby. For example, the National Association of Rifles (NRA) which, whatever its name may suggest, is but a lobby, has been harping on the right of gun ownership sanctioned by the 2nd amendment. The gun control article should put the issue in perspective by revealing the information that 99 percent of the 2nd amendment was prepared by people who had no legal education.

Jan
10

Contents Of A Gun control Essay

Gun control articles

I would like to share the contents of a gun control essay I have read recently. This well written essay had two types of contents. One was gun crime statistics showing how gun ownership had been contributing to an increase in gun related crimes. The other type of content dealt with gun control facts organized in a simple and intelligible way.

What I liked about this gun control essay was that unlike some other gun control articles which had treated the issue in a partisan way, this essay dealt with the gun control pros and cons. That was what made this gun control essay not only balanced but also interesting. By presenting both sides of the issue, this essay had assumed the form of a lively gun control debate.

This gun control essay quoted various figures from gun death statistics. I will confine myself to only two sets of statistics. One was about the number of gun deaths expressed as a percentage of the population, for various countries. What made me sad was that the figures for the United States, one of the greatest nations of the world were worse than the corresponding figures for South Africa. Another set of gun control facts listed had to do with Economy You may wonder about the connection between gun control and the Economy. Surprisingly, there is a connection. The economic loss suffered by the US every year on account of gun crime is estimated to be a staggering figure of 3.7 million dollars.

The second category of content on gun control facts presented by this interesting gun control essay consisted of two conclusions arrived at by studying the situations in different countries. One was that countries that had strong laws for controlling guns had smaller number of crimes. The other was that gun control measures not only prevented murders but also succeeded in reducing the number of suicide deaths.

This gun control essay also dealt with the arguments made out by the anti gun control lobbies. By way of countering the oft repeated argument that the US citizens were granted the right to own guns by this law, this gun control essay brought to light the fact that this amendment for its most part was the work of people with no education or training in law.

Jan
10

Should We Not Act To Bring Down Incidents Of Gun Death?

Gun control pros and cons

The term gun death sounds horrible to me. I know that death is bound to occur but should we allow the monster of gun death to raise its head again and again? Gun control facts show that increase in gun ownership has not brought about a decrease in crime. The reality is different from the claims made by some groups that people need guns in order to fight crimes. Gun crime statistics reveal the result to be the opposite.

In studying the facts about gun death, let us start with homicides. What do gun death statistics indicate? Nearly 60 percent of homicides have involved the use of gun. This means that gun death is dominating the crime scene. Some arguments made in a gun control debate invoke the 2nd amendment. Since the 2nd amendment has permitted people to own and carry guns, there should be no control on buying and keeping guns, goes the argument. Fortunately, the protagonists of uncontrolled gun ownership do not claim the right to cause a gun death on the ground that people have the right to use their guns!

The argument about the 2nd amendment is misplaced, for two reasons. First, the people behind this law were not lawyers. They had no legal background at all. Hence they might have been unaware of the legal issues involved in allowing people to own guns. Secondly, amending a law is dictated by the needs of time and this will mean no disrespect to the framers of the 2nd amendment.

On the other hand, the need to act on the gun death problem can be better understood if we study the actions taken by other governments and their impact on crime. Australia, for example, has succeeded in cutting down its crimes by about 60 percent by making gun control laws. Gun death is not an issue concerned with human lives, though anything concerned with human lives should be treated seriously. Statistics show that the United States is suffering an annual loss of over 3.7 billion dollars as a consequence of gun crime. Therefore, gun control becomes a serious issue even from an economic point of view.

Jan
10

Do Gun control Facts Favor Tighter Gun Control Laws?

Gun death

Gun control facts are routinely presented in gun control articles that keep appearing in the newspapers and magazines every now and then. What do these facts reveal? Do gun control facts support the case for a strong gun control legislation or the stand of the anti gun control groups that the existing laws are good enough?

Gun control facts invariably include gun death statistics. Though people who demand the right to own guns claim that guns are needed to protect themselves from robbers, killers and other such criminals, the fact remains that gun, being a death weapon, is invariably associated with gun death. It looks very obvious that the more guns we have, the greater will be the number of deaths resulting from the use of guns. This is not a theoretical inference but a practical reality as shown by gun crime statistics.

Gun control facts show that guns are used in a majority of homicide crimes. If you are interested in figures, gun crimes constitute 60 percent of the homicides. In spite of such damning evidence showing the use of guns to commit crimes, certain groups like the National Rifles Association remain adamant in their anti gun control stand. Rather than countering the gun control facts that damage their case so badly, these groups take shelter under the 2nd amendment. The right to own guns conferred by this law cannot be deemed absolute in the background of the fact that about 99 percent of the 2nd amendment was worked out by people who had no advantage of a formal legal education.

The NRA, in keeping with its goal of no compromise on any gun control measures, chooses to ignore the gun control facts and goes all out in pursuit of its agenda. What can we say about the NRA forcing legislators to support its stand threatening them that they would be defeated in the primaries if they don’t? Such coercive tactics adopted by the NRA has dented its image as a club and made people consider it as a highly paid lobby of gun right activists. But the fact remains that gun control facts are in favor of a strong gun control legislation.