Gun control laws aim to restrict or regulate firearms by selecting who can sell, buy and possess certain guns. Criminals do not obey laws and stricter gun control laws or banning guns will have little effect on reducing crimes. There are many myths about gun control reducing acts of gun violence, which are simply not true according to research. People are responsible for the crimes, not the guns themselves. Taking guns away from United States citizens that use them for many reasons, shooting practice, competition, hunting and self-defense, should not be punished for the acts of criminals. As stated by Mytheos Holt, “Guns in the right hands help public safety. Guns in the wrong hands harm public safety”. Research shows that defensive use of guns discourages criminals and reduces crime (Holt 2). Not only is it wrong to penalize law-abiding citizens, it is against the Second Amendment. It is unconstitutional to pass laws that infringe on the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
The Second Amendment is often misinterpreted because of the wording; people believe it only applies to the military or militia. The Second Amendment reads; “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a Free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” On June 26th, 2008, the Supreme Court established, in the case District of Columbia v. Heller, that citizens are the militia and the Second Amendment is an individual right. McDonald v. Chicago, set the precedent that the amendment covers every state and locality—not just federal enclaves (Levy 1). The Second Amendment has two clauses, the Operative Clause and the Prefatory Clause. The Operative Clause is the actual protected right and the Prefatory Clause is the lead-in that announces the purpose (MacBradaigh 1). The citizens of the United States have the right to bear arms and it is unconstitutional to restrict their rights in any way.
According to Gary Kleck, guns are used for self-defense almost every 13 seconds (Garrett 1). Gary Kleck received his B.A. from the University of Illinois in 1973 and his Ph.D. in Sociology in 1979. He has been with Florida State University’s School of Criminology for his entire career. Since 1976, Kleck has been studying guns and their effect in violence and crime
(Tucci 1). Kleck has written many books about gun control and self-defense, and received the Michael J. Hindelang award in 1993. Kleck studied 2,000 households and found that guns have been used more for self-defense than committing crimes. Kleck did research in 1993 on self-defense and found much information regarding crime versus self-defense. Research has found that robbery and assault rates are lower when the victims are armed with guns. The study on guns and use of self-defense was one of the most damaging arguments against restricted gun rights (Garrett 1). The two most relied on surveys are National Self-Defense Survey, researched by Marc Gertz and Gary Kleck in 1995, and...