When it comes down to gun control most people are either really for it or really against. It is unlikely for someone to be in the middle of the idea. When I mean I am against gun control I am talking about being against stricter gun control in California. California has one of the strictest gun laws in the nation. Even when it comes down to buying fire arms at a gun show. Having the right to own fires arms is a part of our ten amendments’. People argue that gun control will lower gun violence. When it comes down to fire arm accidents people think gun control would help, but gun education would help lower fire arm accidents. Gun control will not save lives but can hurt law abiding citizens.
Let’s start off with the laws California have for gun control. In California, you need to get a background check and go through a ten-day waiting period. California’s definition of the ten-day waiting period is that if you bought a gun to kill someone because you are mad at them. Then, the ten-days are so you can cool down and not do anything you would regret later in life. The ten-days are a good idea for people who have never bought a gun before, but the people who have it is just a waste of time. Because if you wanted to kill someone then you would use one of your guns to kill them. Another law California has is the ban on “any magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds” (Sabalow). They say the reason for this is that it will stop mass shootings. But what would really help stop the mass shootings is letting people carry fire arms. Because when someone plans on doing a mass shooting they like to pick areas that are highly populated and have high gun control. So, they would not be stopped as fast by an unarmed bystander. Rather than an armed bystander. Finally, an AR-15 rifle bought in California must a have bullet button. There is a button on the side of the fire arm to take the magazine off. When the weapon is equipment with a bullet button it can only be pressed down by sticking a special tool, or use the point part of the round to press the button down and release the magazine. This is to slow down people with reloading the firearm while in a mass shooting.
When it comes down to gun shows there is no such thing as a loop hole. The myth that people who are for gun control love to say is that there is a loop hole at gun shows. At gun show people still have to go through the same laws, background checks, and the ten-day waiting period. They might be getting mixed with gun show in California and, ones in Arizona. In Arizona they do not have a ten-day waiting period. People think the ten-day waiting period is for the background check. No that is not the reason for it. The background check only takes about thirty minutes to do. That is why people can walk out with the fire arm the same day the bought it in Arizona, but not in California.
The right to owing a gun with little restrictions to what you can do to the fire arm is one of our amendments. The second amendment states, “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” (Amendment 2). This is so the government does not get to controlling. When the government takes away are fire arms they leave the citizen defenseless. So, they can control us as much as they want because if we say no they would just threaten us to do it. And we cannot fight back because we have to weapons. That is what our founding fathers did not want. That is what they were fighting against. The whole point of the amendment is so law abiding citizens can protect their rights. That is why most people believe that when the government has to much control over their people like taking their guns away causing tyranny.
People believe that gun control would help lower murder rate across the country. Gun owner ship will help lower gun violence. Across the states the ownership of fire arms increased and gun violence decreased. According to ProCon.org:
“When states passed these laws, the number of multiple-victim shootings declined by 84 percent. Deaths from these shootings plummeted on average by 90 percent and injuries by 82 percent… Dec. 10, 2014 Pew survey found that 57% of people believe that owning a gun protects them from being victimized” (Gun Control).
When we have law abiding citizens armed fire arms they can help stop mass shootings. The police cannot be everywhere at every moment. There is not enough of them. Mass shooting are not going to go completely away because no matter how much gun control there is or how little there is. Because there will always be criminals and the black market where they can buy weapons that cause destruction.
When it comes down to fire arm accidents they mainly happen to people who are not properly educated on how to handle a fire arm. Of course, fire arm safety can be taught at any age, but it is best to teach your child at a younger age. You can teach them as young as four or five. When you are being taught or you want to teach your child about it. Then, it is best they are taught by real professions. When someone is new to fire arms they need to learn the four most important rules. The 4 rules are:
- All guns are always loaded. (Treat them so!)
- Never point the gun at anything you are not willing to destroy.
- Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on target (and you have made the decision to shoot).
- Be sure of your target and what is beyond it. (Jackson)
When they talk about always treat a gun like it is loaded. they are talking about respecting the fire arm when it is unloaded so. There has been lot of report of accident when people are cleaning their fire arm and they think it was empty, but then they shoot them self. That is why you always want to point the barrel end of the gun in the direction where if the gun was to go off it would not hurt or kill someone. The reason for keeping your finger off the trigger is so when you go to a gun range, and you left your finger on the trigger you could accidently shoot it. When you are in a situation where you have to use your fire arm for safety, and you shoot the intruder you need to make sure you can see what is behind them. Because the bullet may not stop in his or her body but could go out and hit what is behind them. When you follow these four rules you can help lower you risk of hurting your self or others.
Sabalow, Ryan. “Why California Gun Owners May Be Breaking the Law on July 1. Web. December 2, 2017.
“Amendment 2 – The Right to Bear Arms.” National Center for Constitutional Studies. Web. December 2, 2017.
Gun Control – ProCon.org.” Should More Gun Control Laws Be Enacted in the United States?, gun-control.procon.org/. December 2, 2017.
Jackson, Kathy. “Firearms Safety.” Cornered Cat, December 2, 2017.