Guns should be banned for US Civilians who arent part of the Law Enforcement
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On the link you will see a graph showing crime rates based on weapons. On the graph handgun crime rates are horrifically high compared to other types of guns. If you use an Ak-47 for example which would be put in the "Other guns" categories, a criminal most of the time is not going to try to obtain this gun because it is really hard to get because it is very hard to get because laws are strict on them. So they are going to result towards the easiest most legal thing to get to dodge the law and that is a handgun.
So if you were to make guns illegal for US citizens and not for law enforcement it will decrease gun crime rates because its going to make it harder for criminals to obtain and they will still have something to fear if they carry out a crime with a gun and that is law enforcement.
http://www.loc.gov... this is the official library of congress website and very accurate. After the introduction it states that Australian police carry firearms. Even, as it says in part B, State and Territory Police Forces carry pistols. In Australia they did exactly what you are saying to do and things have gotten worse not better. I agree that if drugs were legalized there would be many deaths, crimes, and injuries related to drugs. The difference between drugs and guns is that you can't defend yourself with a drug. With a gun you can.
In the graph you sent handguns are shown as the most commonly used weapon for violence. I agree with this but that doesn't mean that they are the easiest to get. It may just be the most convent. It is small, light weight, and concealable. Right now criminals probably resort to handguns over the Ak-47 because Ak-47s are illegal. If all guns are illegal they may get the Ak-47 over the handgun because they are both hard to get but still very possible. This would cause more deaths and violence since its fully automatic and can do much more damage. Also in the graph it shows that gun violence since 1993 has gone down significantly. This article http://www.npr.org... talks about this. Also notice how in the last paragraph it says, "About 10 percent of state prison inmates said they purchased [their guns] from a retail store or pawnshop, 37 percent obtained it from family or friends, and another 40 percent obtained it from an illegal source." 40% obtained their guns from an illegal source so as I previously said they will still get their guns. The other 60% will probably follow and do the same.
Making guns illegal for US citizens will result in more crime since the people are defenseless. Criminals will know that no one can defend themselves so they won't be afraid to attack. Right now criminals don't know if someone has a gun on them or not so they are less willing to attack. Banning guns would be a major mistake.
Anyways back to Alaska. Alaska has really lenient laws when it comes to guns. Therefore almost no matter who you are your going to be able to get a gun. USA today says that Alaska gun crime death rate is 19.6 per 100,000. Shockingly high. And this is all because of gun laws.
I would also like to bring up the horrific Sandy Hook incident. 20 kids and 8 adults were kill by Adam Lanza who opened fire at an Elementary school. Adam got his guns that he used from where? His moms house and his mom had the guns he used registered legally. If guns were illegal he would have not been able to get those guns he used from such an easy source. He would have to find the guns from an illegal source and he could have been caught in the process of finding those guns.
Same with the incident that happened recently with the boy who shot a little girl with his dads shotgun. If that dad didn't have a gun cause guns were made illegal. That incident would not have happened.
Turning to what was said in a comment that was just made. Criminals are going to go for quick and easy. Sure some go for under the radar but a lot go for quick and easy. Therefore finding a legal source to obtain a gun. They want to go in and out before cops can find them. Also if guns were made illegal. The government is going to trace as many people as they can who obtain a gun legally, take those guns, then move on to getting the guns obtained illegally. And if they were still illegally making guns how will they get bullets? They can't cause they aren't in stalk at most stores. And if they had some of their own they will run out at some point.
So my point I guess is that of course the US is not going to be a 100% safe country but if we can make it at safe as we can we would do it. Every gun taken away can potentially save 1 or more lives.
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I would like to call out something someone said in the comments. Well first of all I would love to debate this topic with the person who left the comment. And the second thing is what he said in the bank robbery analogy. I don't know about you but I certainly wouldn't feel safe when I'm out on my normal routine and whenever I'm in a crowd of people know that someone has a gun on them and at any point can pull out that gun and start shooting people. I would rather live my life with assurance that a large large amount of the population is gun free. I know I already used this analogy but ill say it again. Its like placing a bomb in the middle of the most populated city and know one knows if it will detonate or not. They just live their lives crossing their fingers hoping it won't. Its not worth it. Get rid of the bomb, get rid of guns keep people safe.
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Vote Placed by Sdio 10 months ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Amazing. I consider myself super gun friendly but Pro brought up amazing points that really made me think about my position. I'm still for gun rights but it made me think. Great debate.
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