Gun Control4 Essay

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Gun Control4



Gun Control

In today’s society, one of the major problems we face is the use, and misuse of
guns. Guns are deadly weapons that can change a person’s life physically and
emotionally, mostly when it is not used properly. Many people possess at least one
handgun either in purses or in homes for protection, while others own guns for their own
pleasure. Despite the fact that a gun can protect a person during self-defense, it can
also be dangerous because it can hurt and kill someone. If a gun is kept at home, the
chance of a person harming a family member other than an intruder, is five times higher
(Bender 140). Although it may serve as a protection to an individual, it can also be
misused. This is why it should only be limited to the use of authorities such as the
government, marines and the police.

Death by guns is very common in America. Sometimes the victims are famous people like
Ronald Regan, or President Lincoln. Often the victim is an ordinary citizen such as a
relative or friend (Newton 7). This is one reason why the use of guns should only be
limited to authorities. Those who own a gun may have purpose, and that is, to protect
oneself, while others use it against each other. Owning a gun may save lives during a
burglary, but it will also put a lot of people at risk. A person who is alone at night
might suspect an intruder roaming around the house and shoots at the suspect, not knowing
that it was just a friend. Guns that are kept at home are often accidentally used against
family or friends (Bernards 59). Another way that guns are often used against each other
is when violence and arguments get out of hand. A person out of control will not think
and pull out a gun to try to solve the problem. More accidents occur when one uses their
own handguns than prevention of criminal attack (Bender 140). Owning a gun can also get
into the hands of a wrong person. A child might not know that the gun he is holding is
real, and might accidentally shoot someone dead. Children often mistaken guns as play
things who do not realize their danger (Bernard 60). In some cases, the uses of guns are
not intentionally used against each other, but are used to kill themselves. In 1987,
18,136 male, female and children used a gun to commit suicide (Jacobs 109).

Authorities should be the only ones to use a gun because they are trained professionals
who have purposes to owning one. In order to handle a gun properly, a person needs to
have some knowledge about the weapon. A gun is a sophisticated device that demands
education and practice, so that it can be used safely (Bender 140). Police officers are
also more responsible and careful when using a gun, than most citizens. The authorities,
such as patrol officers, have purposes and reasons to owning a gun. In order to keep the
society out of chaos and in control, police officers need guns for personal safety, to be
able to arrest a convict and restriction of crime (Jacobs 44). Police officers also come
in contact with danger more often than people. Some people may own a gun for
self-defense, instead of protecting themselves; they are adding more danger around them.
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