There are many people out there who are pushing for more gun control in an attempt to lower the number of gun related crimes. However there are many realities that these folks simply don’t consider before they push for laws to be created based on the false ideas they believe in so much. While it is important to restrict the purchase of guns to those who may use them to harm others, there are many things that should be considered before you begin making it illegal to even own a gun as a law abiding citizen.
Myth #1: The Second Amendment Only Applies to the Military
One of the biggest things that people push when discussing gun control is the second amendment and the meaning behind it. However if you read the text in the second amendment there is one thing that these people are clearly overlooking. Whether they simply didn’t realize that it is there or if they are choosing to ignore it is clearly unknown. However, it states: “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of the Free State, the rights of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” This states that it is the right of the People to own guns and that the state cannot make them illegal or take them away. They are necessary for protection of one’s home and other purposes such as hunting.
Myth #2: By Taking Away Guns You Lower or Abolish Violent Crimes Related to Guns
One of the biggest ideas in gun control is the idea of removing guns to lower and eventually abolish any violent crimes related to the use of guns. However there are many problems with this idea that people don’t consider. First, we cannot keep drugs out of the country, so how will we keep guns out of the country. Second, how will people protect their homes from invasions without the use of a firearm? And finally, if someone wants a gun badly enough they will find a way to get it.
Myth #3: Buying a Guns is as easy as a Trip to the Store
This is obviously false as there are many things about purchasing a firearm that simply don’t apply to going to purchase your groceries. For starters you have to fill out a federal 4473 form to receive a background check upon purchasing a gun from an FFL seller. There is also a waiting period while the background check occurs or permits to be issued. These are huge differences that shouldn’t be simply overlooked as they are intended to decrease the level of unlawful gun owners who have violent priors.
Myth #4: Gun Violence is on the Rise
Another false myth that you may have noticed going around saying that gun violence is becoming an epidemic and is skyrocketing. However this is again false even though the amount of coverage on gun violence is fairly continuous. Though a study in 2013 stated that gun violence has decrease almost 50% of what it was in 1993. Another study in 2014 stated a steep decline between 2009 and 2014, complete with a line graph showing the major decline.
Myth #5: Places that are Considered Gun-Free Prevent Gun Violence
While this would be incredibly nice, it is only wishful thinking. Consider all of the shootings that have happened over the last 10 to 15 years. Many of these places were considered gun free zones and the shootings still occurred. Places such as schools and colleges have had shootings or gun related killings and they are considered to be gun free. Look at the shooting in Oregon that occurred in 2015, it was a gun free zone and students are now pushing to allow guns to protect themselves.
If we are looking at gun control in a realistic light, guns make people feel safer and are not the biggest threat to our society. While there are problems that occur due to someone with a gun, the ability to allow people to protect themselves should take precedence. The current regulations for guns are as strict as they can be, and people with bad intentions for their firearms will simply exist no matter what we do. If they don’t have guns they will find a way to obtain them or will simply find another way to exact their ill intentions.