Archive for February 2, 2013
Like every issue, gun control also has two sides. There are some people, who, on the basis of gun death statistics present a strong case for making gun control laws tighter. There are also some other people who believe that owning a gun is their birthright and no law can take that right away from them. The gun control debate incorporating these two views has been going on for long. Though it is well established that the case for a stricter gun control regime is much stronger than the other side, the issue is still hanging in balance because our lawmakers have been unable or unwilling to take the initiative for a strong gun control act. Gun crime statistics are replete with information supporting the need for strong gun control. If we look at the number of guns owned by people in the United States, we will be apt to be distressed. With 89 guns for every 100 people living in our country, the ratio is almost one gun for everyone! What can we say of a society in which almost every one has a gun, on an average? The one unmistakable message delivered by this data is that it is high time that some action was taken on the gun control front. We have the experience of many countries showing that implementing strong gun control measures has a salutary effort on gun violence. The good news is that gun control laws prevent not only murders but also suicides. People who have been analyzing gun control pros and cons should understand that of all the murder weapons, the gun is the most handy and the easiest to use. That is why gun ownership leads to increase in crime not in decrease in crime as claimed by the pro gun lobby. People who oppose gun control do not have any convincing argument to support their side. Instead of participating in the gun control debate, they resort to lobbying. The NRA (National rifles Association), the leader of the anti gun control group, though considered a political organization, functions like a lobbyist group, in practice.