Is Gun Control an Effective Way to Control Crime?
Updated: Sep 11
Ben Song (Crean Lutheran)
In this picture, people are protesting for the ban on firearms and the protection of people. These people think that the ban on the use of firearms could lead
to less crime because there will be no deadly weapons to cause serious crime. On the other hand, other people think that the ban on firearms could lead to a higher crime rate because there will be no weapons to defend themselves with. But what if there was a solution to both opinions and will allow guns only for good purposes and not bad ones? Gun licenses are permits to own guns under specified conditions. This can still allow the use of firearms but decrease crime rate because it provides background checks and carries permits for weapons, it can control the use of firearms and violent crimes, and can be used for self-defense.
First, gun licenses can be used to decrease the crime rate because it is used as an allowance that provides information about the user. Similar to how a driver's license controls the age and skill of a person and decides whether the person should be able to drive or not, this will allow people to use firearms but not just any people. People who are not underaged, people who are mentally healthy, and people who know how to appropriately use a firearm will be able to use firearms. This will settle both arguments of whether the U.S should ban firearms or not and decrease crime rates.
After that, gun licenses can be used to decrease the crime rate because it can control the use of firearms and therefore, decrease violent crimes. Most people commit crime nowadays with the use of guns. Firearms however, aren’t all bad because they can be used for self-defense. People who are mentally healthy will be able to defend themselves against potential threats whether they are criminals or dangerous animals.
Last but not least, gun licenses can allow firearms and help people defend themselves or be used for good purposes. Defending oneself can be much easier with the use of firearms and will most likely be able to save the victim of an attack. There are other purposes other than self-defense that are beneficial. Firearms can be used for the military, for hunting, or for entertainment and gun licenses will still allow these things to work as long as the activity does not break the law.