The pros and cons of gun laws will be weighed heavily as the government looks to clean up crime
As a gun owner myself, I have been on both sides of this argument in terms of gun laws. On one side I can see the importance of being able to protect yourself, and the other side I can see the benefits that would come from a society with fewer guns on the street. The truth is, guns end up in the wrong hands all to often, whether it’s night clubs getting shot up on the weekends, or children using guns on their parents. How many deaths could have been prevented with more gun laws?
Many people use their guns for recreation and home defense, which at times can deter crime, and can be used as a “safety blanket” in the event circumstances like the founders of our nation encountered when they found it necessary to have this law become every American’s right. Times are different now. The odds of an enemy marching onto our shores, and invading our country are slim due to homeland security measures. When this law was written, militias were formed to generate national defense. In today’s world, we have organized military units for national defense.
The argument that owning home arsenals will protect people from tyranny may be a bit skewed as well, considering the fact that there are limitations as to what someone can own, as well as technological advances in the government’s security platform. The American government’s technology dwarfs any sort of weapon that an individual or homegrown militia could ever really create to generate a successful defense.
This does not mean that I think we should just throw in the towel and be submissive to our government, but what I mean is times are different then they were then, and we as a society have to weigh the pros and cons of gun control. In large metropolitan areas, if you turn on a news channel, almost nightly you will see a story about some shooting that occurred. How many of those deaths and families affected could have been saved had there been stricter gun laws?
As I stated earlier I am a gun owner, and enjoy owning guns for recreation and protection because the opportunity exists, and it’s better to have one than not have one in the event of a home intruder etc. I think of the amendments that exist, this one may only have a limited lifetime. It is easy to see the logic and argument from both sides of the spectrum.
The question is, can the government clean up the streets, and get rid of guns in a manner that all guns are off the streets and criminal organizations don’t wreak havoc in a society without guns because they are the only ones left with guns? To answer that, I would say that process would be a difficult one, and not sure that it would be worth the effort to change the gun laws.