A proposed federal law to outlaw all guns would be more effective at disarming
law-abiding citizens than at disarming the criminals who abuse them. If guns were
outlawed, the criminals would not stop carrying guns, but the good, law-abiding citizens
would. It would do nothing about the illegally obtained handguns in the possession of
criminals. In The NRA is Right, Josh Sugarmann states that “One tenet of the National
Rifle Association’s faith has always been that handgun controls do little to stop criminals
from obtaining handguns” (Sugarmann 185). Criminals simply aren’t discouraged, they
just ignore bans. The only two things passing a law of this nature would accomplish
would be to take away the honest citizens’ ability to protect themselves and their families
in their homes and give criminals a safer work environment. There are dangerous people
everywhere and they will find ways to hurt others no matter how many means of doing so
you take out of their reach. Banning guns will not stop gun violence, on the other hand, it
would just ensure that criminals with stolen or smuggled guns would have no fear that
their innocent victims would be able to defend themselves.
Reducing violence would be extremely difficult for gun control to do; in fact
exactly the opposite would occur. Guns do not commit crimes alone. It is the
irresponsibility and ignorance of gun owners that cause it. Guns do not have a mind of
their own and if there are owners, who fail to act responsibly, do not punish other law-
abiding citizens who are responsible when owning guns. If a student makes an error in
their writing, do we blame the pencil they use to write? Highly unlikely. Gun control
would not prevent criminals from obtaining guns. In The NRA is Right, Sugarmann
argues “ The black market that has fed off the legal sale of handguns would continue for
a long while” (Sugarmann 190). Most criminals get guns through informal off-the-record
swaps, purchases and trades with relatives, friends, drug-dealers, or other street sources.
Spending millions of dollars on a fail proof checking system would cause felons to stop
buying guns from a shop, and send them to buy their weapons from the streets.
Guns are effective forms of self-defense. Taking them away would leave civilians
defenseless and easy targets. Guns, when stored and operated correctly and safely can
create a sense of safety. When used for protection, guns provide a psychological buffer
against the fear of crime. When protected by a gun, people often feel safer because if
something should arise they have some sort of security. Criminals will avoid situations
where there is a possibility that...