Are Current Gun Laws Sufficient for a Safe Society Essay

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Are Current Gun Laws Sufficient for a Safe Society?


This question can be easily answered with a resounding “no”. No gun background check,
weapon ban, or gun buyback will ever prevent weapons from getting into the hands of
criminals. Even with the hundreds if not thousands of gun laws already on the books, gun
crime is still prevalent in our society. Why?


Simple, all you have to do is look at our lax laws regarding punishment for criminals.
Prison should be hard work, not sitting in a cell working out and eating well. Criminals
should be forced to work for their food and board. If we continue to allow criminals to
sit back, relax, and wait for probation, whom are we really protecting?


Legally owned guns account for two percent (2%) of all gun crimes. This should show you as
it shows me that gun laws can only prevent two-percent of all gun crimes in the first
place. Is a two-percent decrease worth the loss of our freedoms? This tells me that
instead of trying to create new laws, we should try and enforce the hundreds (if not
thousands) we already have. This also leads to what I would like to focus on- pointless
gun laws.


As I pointed out earlier, we already have too many gun laws and to try and add more
restrictions will not reduce crime. Take the following proposal to the House Committee of
Ways and Means.


Military Sniper Weapon Regulation Act of 1999

Military Sniper Weapon Regulation Act of 1999 (Introduced in the House)

HR 2127 IH
106th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 2127

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to regulate certain 50 caliber sniper weapons
in the same manner as machine guns and other firearms.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
June 10, 1999

Mr. BLAGOJEVICH (for himself, Mr. WAXMAN, and Ms. NORTON) introduced the following bill;
which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means


A BILL
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to regulate certain 50 caliber sniper weapons
in the same manner as machine guns and other firearms.


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the 'Military Sniper Weapon Regulation Act of 1999'.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

The Congress finds that--
(1) certain firearms originally designed and built for use as long-range 50 caliber
military sniper weapons are increasingly sold in the domestic civilian market;


What relevance does this have to anything? Almost all military gear and equipment is
available to civilians. De-milled Cobra Attack Helicopters have been purchased and are
currently in use by civilians. In the last ten years we have sold our F-16 Falcon fighters
to Israel, licensed the F-15 Eagle to Mitsubishi for manufacture in Japan, and gave our
Abrams main battle tank to Britain. This tells me that liberals think we can trust other
countries, but not our own people. Maybe because “our people” is all of the illegal
immigrants that should be kicked out but stay as long as they vote liberal.


(2) the intended use of these long-range firearms, and an increasing number of models
derived directly from them, is the taking of human life and the destruction of materiel,
including armored vehicles and such components of the national critical infrastructure as
radars and microwave transmission devices;


First off, there is no record anywhere of anyone committing a crime with a 50-caliber
rifle. Why? The reasons are endless! First, the cheapest 50-caliber rifle available is the
AR-50. This “cheap” weapon rings in at $3,300. The most popular 50-caliber rifle, the
Barret M-82A1, costs $7,300! Which criminal is going to spend this much to rob a liquor
store or a bank? Second 50-caliber weapons are big. They weigh a lot and kick harder then
a 10-gauge shotgun. The only effective way to fire them is from the prone (laying on your
stomach). Third, to fire a weapon with this kind of kick in an accurate manner, you must
be well trained. Not many criminals would deal with 50-calibers when they’d have better
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