Opinions on Gun Contol
(Issue 1) writers touch on the issue of gun
control. Readers have responded with their opinions
on this controversial issue.
What's your opinion of gun
it to us.
I believe that gun control will not work.
First, I believe that guns are not weapons, they are tools. How they are used is up to the person holding it. Guns themselves can't do anything it is the person with the gun that decides where the bullet goes.
Gun control will not stop violence because a violent person doesn’t need a gun to be violent. Taking guns away from violent people will not make them less violent. It might make them more violent. Violent people can use anything to be violent. Taking guns away from violent people is no more than just taking one out of a thousand more ways to hurt, rob, or kill you.
Also, gun control will not work because we already had something like it a few times and each time it has failed. Remember the Prohibition? From 1919 till 1933 owning, producing, and selling alcohol was illegal. Some people believed that alcohol was a bad thing and that it caused people to do terrible things. To these people it seemed like a good idea at the time to make alcohol illegal.
However, outlaws and gang members decided to keep making alcohol anyway. It was obvious that the Prohibition had failed. The latest ban that is having problems is the illegal drug bans.
Now many of us know that most drugs that are illegal are bad to people’s health when used. However, when drugs like cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and meth became illegal outlaws and gangs saw a new business and started a war with many governments especially America. Outlaws produced and sold drug illegally to the public. Even today outlaws keep making them, selling them, using them, and innocent people are still getting killed over them.
Outlaws will still find ways to smuggle, produce, and use guns to their advantage. The only thing that gun control will do is make it harder for law obeying citizens to get guns. This is one important thing to remember. Once something is outlawed only outlaws get it.
That is why gun control will not work.
Jacob Zenner, U.S.
would anyone be against gun control? Guns are made
for one purpose, and that purpose is to kill. Guns
are especially dangerous in the hands of people who
don't know how to use them (i.e., kids and
teenagers)as well as those who are mentally ill
and/or have a temper problem.
at how easily young people get access to guns. This
combined with an unhealthy approach to conflict
resolution is what causes so many people to be
killed by gunshot wounds.
I am in favor of very strict gun control AND
removal of guns from the hands of
I think too many people are getting killed with
guns. I think we should not sell guns to just
anyone. They should be a cop, someone in the
military, or something. Well I think just
Gun control laws are strict enough. We need
more education about guns in schools so that the
kids know how to use them safely. If someone owns a
gun, they are less likely to get robbed or hurt. My
dad lives in one of the worst parts of Philly. The
reason why no one has given him any trouble is
because they know he has a house full of
Reuben James Puccella, U.S.
Some people think guns are very bad because
they generate violence, and many people kill
themselves and kill other persons. The people who
do not like guns always worry about them. In my
opinion, when people kill, they do not have any
feelings because they do not know any thing about
love, compassion, liberty and promises. The only
way those persons can get these feelings is when
they come from family, friends and people who are
close to them. Now, having a gun is not a problem;
the problem is what the people feel when they use
feelings and reflections concerning the firearms
debate in the U.S.
the last three or four years I have followed the
debate with varying degrees of interest. I am a
foreigner to you, but please do not reject my
thoughts without at least reading them. One night
in the early hours of a new day, I was struck, as
it so often happens, by an idea or you might say
though. What I came up with was a new concept of
defining the way that guns work when operated by
humans, or so I hope it is.
of looking at guns as semiautomatic,
automatic or pump action, I am
prepared to give guns and their mechanical function
a different angle. My concept is as follows; guns
belong to one of the three following categories.
Reflex operated, conscious operated or
premeditatedly operated. This is because different
mechanical actions give the human shot different
amounts of time in which to contemplate the result
and correction of his fire.
differ a lot from each other in the way they work,
but you can categorize them into three main groups
in a purely mechanical sense, namely automatic,
semiautomatic, single shot. I am aware of how crude
the categories look, but bear with me for so long.
Instead guns can be categorized in a slightly
different way. My three categories coincide quite
well with the previousl mechanically organized
groups. But that is not the angle I am trying to
pursue. My angle is simply concerned with the way
humans interact with guns and the amount of thought
or say mental workload that is required to
release another round down the barrel with 9, often
I have named my three categories in the following
order, beginning with the least demanding mental
workload, reflex, following in order is; conscious
and premeditated. I will explain each after the
other in order.
means that the body is capable of executing the
sequence involved in firing the gun without
actually using the brain. The muscles and nerves
interact as they were intended in the dawn of
evolution, without reflexes our ancestors probably
would have wound up in the belly of a cave bear or
poisoned by snakes.The reflex in this case is also
being boosted or augmented by a thing called
stimuli, a term loaned from the field of psychology
- my sincere apologies to all professional
psychologists who are offended by this. The stimuli
in this case is the continued stream of bullets and
their effect on the target and also probably the
continuous bang and the rocking motion of the
only way that we can prevent guns from getting into
the wrong hands is completely getting rid of all
gun sales. That will never happen. My guess is that
about 97% of he people who buy guns do it for
hunting, collection or just shooting at a range to
relax or just blow off some steam.
14 years old and I hunt with my dad. It's a lot of
fun. We have never had a problem with a gun or had
any accidents. It's people's constitutional right
to own and possess a firearm. I can't wait till I
can own a handgun, not for the reason of killing
someone, just because it's fun to shoot
I think the U.S. needs more strict gun control
laws. I grew up in an environment where guns are a
very rare object. I have never touched a real one
yet. In my country, the people who possess guns are
mafia, policemen and hunters. Because they have
guns, many Americans could be considered mafia in
my country. Imagine, you could become a victim of
firearms. If you live in a place where many people
have guns, you are really lucky if you have not
become a victim yet.
As a foreigner, I don't know the situation in
the U.S. well. Seeing all kinds of recent shooting
incidents, I think it should be controlled more
strictly than now. Somebody said that the person
who has it in mind to kill another can do it
without a gun, so the causes of murder are not guns
but the trend of despising life in the U.S. And
they also insist that there is no clear evidence
that the increasing number of murders is connected
with a possession of guns, so the personal right
should not be restricted by the reason that there
is not enough evidence.
month ago, I agreed with that partly. But as we
know, the private groups like NRA have distorted
the public opinion and lobby the member of congress
to protect their profit. Other weapons such as
knife, razor, bat, etc. are made for own usages.
But guns are made for only one reason to kill
someone. Of course, There are people who have guns
to protect themselves from the criminals. But crime
is getting more cruel and severe nowadays, so
actually even if someone has a gun, it is
impossible to guard himself completely.
a substitute, I think, if the possession of guns is
controlled more strictly, people can live safer
lives than now. There are other reasons to oppose
the gun control,(e.g. the possession of guns is
historical inheritance and represents that people's
resistance will against tyrannical government) but
none of them can justify and explain today's
serious situation in the U.S.
do NOT kill people. People kill people! The gun is
merely a tool to accomplish this end just as an ax,
a hammer, a knife, baseball bat or whatever else is
handy to the person who wants to kill. The media is
permeated with violence. People watch television;
especially young people. "As the twig is bent, so
shall the tree grow". Eliminating guns will NOT
eliminate killing. Changing the mind set will,
Ex-Navy, Past Law Enforcement Officer &
Firearms Instructor, N.R.A. Member &
Instructor. Presently own a gun repair and
The biggest flaw in all the arguments for gun
control is that they're being voiced by individuals
who have no information on the subject other than
what they've been fed by politicianshow
honest do you think most politicians are?
grew up with loaded guns in the house, as did most
every rural kid from my generation, and no one was
ever shot "accidentally" because such tragedies
happen only through ignorance and lack of training.
fear an inanimate object is nonsensical; the only
difference between an assault rifle and a sporting
rifle is a loose nut behind the trigger. We don't
have a gun problem, we have a people problem. The
biggest fear I have is that criminalsthose
who prey on others to support their
lifestylesare very well armed, in spite of
gun laws that are already tyrannical and excessive.
Criminals by definition don't obey them, and I
think too much of my loved ones not to be at least
as well armed as those who accost in a dark parking
McDougall, U.S., author of
"The Complete Tracker", "Made for the Outdoors",
"Practical Outdoor Survival, and the upcoming "The
All Outdoors Handbook"
Guns are made for self defense, period. Police
officers carry guns because they have to deal with
the same people that every other citizen walking
down the street has to deal with...Granted guns are
not for everyone, but those of us who train and
carry them responsibly and legally could someday
save your life.
We have a constitution which says that the
government may not infringe on our freedom to keep
and bear arms. Gun control is
Greetings. I would respectfully submit that the
gentlepersons whose opinions are illustrated on
your web page are stuck on a technicality and do
not understand the scope of things. As an American
Citizen and the owner of several weapons of various
sorts, I can honestly say that EDUCATION is the key
to lowering both the crime rate and the death rate,
was raised by parents involved in Law Enforcement
and EVERY weapon in our home was always loaded. My
father still sleeps with a loaded pistol under his
pillow. Not one single firearms accident ever
occurred in my house. When the children were old
enough (7 or 8), we were taken to an authorized
shooting range and taught how to respect weapons as
machines capable of protection or destruction, not
toys or movie props.
am currently teaching my three children, as they
grow, the lessons I learned that have kept me safe
and well armed in my life. My handguns lay in their
holsters, loaded and within reach, and will sit
there for years without "jumping up" and shooting
anyone! No weapon has ever killed of its own free
will, it has to be operated by a person to be
dangerous. Thank you for a chance to
I am an 18 year old college student who has
grown up around guns my entire life. I am avid gun
collector and a hunter. The one point that I would
like get across is the fact that guns are not the
root cause of violence in America.
are many causes that attribute to the high crime
rate present in America today. Mainly, the failure
of the criminal justice system to punish criminals
and keep them off of the streets causes the
majority of the problem.
children must be educated about guns at a very
young age because chances are that some day they
will come across one. Accidents would fall
dramatically if the children were just shown what
to do if they come across a gun.
because guns are available to me does not mean that
I will shoot a person out of rage or for any
reason. In other words, a possessing a gun does not
cause someone to murder, etc. The problem is within
that person's mind. If someone has the intention to
murder, etc., they will do so with whatever weapon
is available, gun or not.
In my opinion the problem we Americans face is
the decline of the family structure and values. We
want more strict laws to inhibit crime and we do
not want to take the blame for why we have the
problems we do. If our children we brought up with
better values we would probably have a less violent
I would like to respectfully observe and bring
to the attention of those posting responses that
Japan *does* have a gun problem in some ways
similar to large American cities. News accounts of
violent gun-involved gang activity in Japan are
frequent. This, despite the fact that Japan has the
most oppressive gun prohibitions in the world. It
illustrates that controlling the criminal element
is the issue, not the tools that the criminal
chooses to use. Laws are in place in both countries
sufficient to remove from society those antisocials
that choose to wreak destruction with
another note, our cultural differences in attitudes
towards gun ownership can be traced to the dynastic
histories of our countries. The US was formed in
the common law tradition of western Europe with
personal responsibility both for one's safety and
one's actions held paramount. Japan's history has
been one of rule by monarchy/oligarchy with weapons
*never* allowed for the lower or serf classes. I
welcome your responses and thoughts.
Timothy Albers, U.S.
Guns, deadly and hazardous to all others who
are near or know someone who has one. In my opinion
anyone who has a gun, especially people underage
should get rid of it. People don't understand the
danger it holds, don't realize what can happen just
by cleaning it or if a younger sibling gets a hold
of it. I was in a situation recently where no one
got hurt but close to it. This weapon is fatal and
we don't need teens, kids, anyone to have them.
Society can get along without guns.
I am a rancher near Austin, Texas USA. Because
much of my property is in a remote part of the
country, I need to defend my property and cattle
from stock thieves (rustlers) and wild dogs. I use
a night scope and night glasses (this allows me to
see and shoot at night). I have concluded that wild
dogs (once domestic animals that owners have
abandoned) are the most dangerous predators in my
area. The wild life (coyotes and an occasional
puma) tend to feed on deer, mice, rabbits and
squirrels -- they don't bother me and I don't
bother them. I lost 45 animals to thieves that cut
a fence. This will never happen again. You ask if I
would shootof coursethat is why I carry
The problem is the lack of family values, the
lack of proper upbringing and enforcement of the
present laws. We need to make parents responsible
for their children. Too many parents today do not
control their children. Until we again hold people
responsible for their actions, we will continue to
have the problems of violence and crime.
A criminal does not buy his or her gun in a gun
shop. They buy their guns on the street from people
who don't care about gun control or what guns do to
on gun control.
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