The Second Amendment: Why Gun Control Will Reduce Violence (Pt 6/9)

Over the next couple of weeks, I will be posting my research on the Second Amendment in several parts. Click here for part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5

VI. Why Gun Control Will Reduce Violence

On average, 13 children under the age of 19 are killed by gunfires each day, even more are injured. By increasing gun control, we’re making sure that there’s a potential for 13 to change into 0 one day. By taking away guns from criminals, we reduce crime. By keeping guns out of the hands of criminals, we prevent violent crime. Where do we draw a line between an armed criminal and a citizen equipped with means of self-defense? Intent. The intention of the criminal is to commit crime, to use the gun for unlawful outcome, while a citizen is armed because she’s scared of the criminal. So then if we take away guns from criminals, civilians wouldn’t need guns anymore. Even if some criminals have illegal guns, civilians have other gadgets for self-defense. The fewer guns are circulating in the country – the better. Even if someone has a registered gun in their home, doesn’t mean that a criminal will not get their hands on it. So then the only true way to get rid of guns is to raise gun control to the point that even average civilians would have a hard time to acquire them. By doing so the chances of a criminal obtaining a gun drastically drop – there’s just not enough of guns.

The argument is that criminals will only find other weapons, but that’s better than having guns. Even if a criminal uses a knife, self-defense becomes easier, the wound wouldn’t be as fatal (not in all cases), and there would be minimum damage to the surrounding circumstances. So then we must increase the regulations, we must make it much harder to gain guns, and according to the Second Amendment we can. We can’t annihilate crime and violence, but at least we can reduce it.

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