Gun Control Just Doesn’t Work
The topic of gun control has reached the national scale once again. After another tragic mass shooting at an elementary school, cries for gun control from the Biden Administration and anti-gun groups have increased. As usual, gun control is the first and pretty much only thing Democrats and liberals want to address. Even the Canadian Prime Minister seized on the opportunity to put control on handguns in Canada, to demonstrate it’s more about politics than prevention. However, there is a problem with gun control. Unless you want to live in a police state, It just doesn’t work!
And Then There’s the Second Amendment
The United States Constitution is meant to protect the rights and civil liberties of the American people. One of these rights is the right to bear arms. The Second Amendment expresses that Americans have to own and maintain weapons. This includes firearms. However, current gun control laws violate this.
Even if people are trying to ban specific guns and magazine limits, it is a violation of the Second Amendment. This is because it does not give a restriction on what type of weapons the American people can have. All firearms are fair game in regards to the Second Amendment. So restrictions on any gun type are a violation. It is also the reason why gun control laws will never work. Especially since taking away guns would mean hunting down millions of guns from law-abiding citizens.
Most Mass-Shooting Are in “Gun-Free” Zones
One of the major ways that we try gun control is to create “gun-free” zones. In these zones, unauthorized individuals are prohibited from knowingly possessing a loaded or unsecured firearm. One of the major legislations that Joe Biden introduced was the 1990 Gun-Free School Zones Act. The legislation was an attempt to reduce school shootings by restricting people from carrying firearms onto campus. This later expanded to many businesses, storefronts, and public spaces. However, instead of stopping shootings, it caused more of them.
The Crime Prevention Research Centerdid a study in 2018, showing that 94% of all mass shootings occurred in these gun-free zones. These gun-free zones create a situation where law-abiding citizens cannot have a firearm. However, since criminals do not care about laws, it makes these areas easy targets for people wanting to commit a crime. When someone wants to commit mass murder, they want to kill the most amount of people. The gun-free zones create “soft targets” for them.
If law-abiding citizens were allowed to carry in these zones, it would likely deter these incidents as mass shooters would have to worry about someone putting a quick end to their rampage. It is the reason why some legislators are pushing for trained teachers to have guns.
Gun Control Has Repeatedly Failed
The most important evidence that gun control doesn’t work is the repeated failures of gun control on state levels. Over the years, many cities have tried to implement strict gun control with disastrous results. Many studies demonstrate that gun control increases crime, not decreases them. Washington D.C. is one of the best examples of this effect.
In 1976, D.C. passed a law banning citizens from owning any type of gun. The only people that were allowed to have a firearm were the police. Citizens had to disassemble their guns or get a trigger lock. Any owner with a trigger lock had to get permission from D.C. police.
The gun ban led to an annual increase in homicides, hitting 454 homicides in 1993. The gun ban was struck down by the Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller. After the ban was lifted, homicides steadily decreased.
That is still the reality as Chicago, which has some of the strictest gun laws, has seen major surges in homicides. In fact, 2021 has been one of the deadliest years, reaching 797 murders in the city. There has also been a significant increase in gunshot victims with 4,300 this year. In 2018, the number of gunshot victims was 2,800.
It is the People, Not The Tool
In the end, a gun is a tool. A tool is just an object. It’s the person who possesses the firearm who decides if it will be used to kill or protect a person. While there is merit to trying to prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands, it should not be at the expense of law-abiding citizens. Gun control laws have failed time and time again. It is time to focus on the measures that will reduce crime in every community. In the same sense that “gun-free” zones are soft targets to criminals, so is “gun control,” for most politicians.