From President Obama to local police officials, the message has been repeated again and again – more gun control is needed to protect the public. Washington D.C. and Chicago have both used “public safety” as justification for their, almost impossible to meet, permit requirements. Mayors have rallied behind former NYC Mayor Bloomberg to demand additional restrictions on permits, weapon design and magazine capacity. The list goes on and on. However, every single person who thinks more gun control will equal less gun violence is forgetting one important fact; gun control does not work.
Why It Does Not Work
There are two main reasons gun control does not work. First, there is little enforcement where it is truly needed. Sure, if you are an otherwise law abiding citizen who unknowingly crosses a state border with your pistol or keeps an unregistered handgun under the counter to protect you and your family, you can rest assured you will feel the full weight of the legal system on your shoulders. But, if you are a career criminal or gang banger caught with that same firearm, chances are you will face little additional punishment for that specific crime. Chances are you will be offered a deal due to the “over burdened legal system” and find yourself back on the same corner in no time. Second, criminals do not care about breaking one more law. If you are using your illegal firearm to rob or kill people, it is irrational to think you will care if you are breaking one more law in doing so. After all, what is more serious than murder?
Failure to Address the Real Issue
The biggest reason gun violence, and crime in general, goes unchecked is a failure by those in positions of authority to address the real issue. Crime and criminal behavior is the real problem, but supporters of gun control like to refer to the problem as “a public health issue” or “social economic issue.” People have been sick, poor and hungry since the beginning of time and although that may justify stealing loaves of bread or medication for your family, it has never been a reason to terrorize your community for what appears to be the mere sport of doing so.
Politicians like to talk about being “tough on crime” but in reality this usually translates to additional restrictions on those who actually care about the law and never impacts the true criminals. Gun control is not different.
Proof of Failure
Those looking for proof that gun control does not work need look no further than Baltimore, Chicago or NYC. Each of these cities is “protected” by some of the strictest gun control laws and are among the most difficult to comply with permit regulations in the nation. Despite this, each continues to experience alarming rates of gun violence. Baltimore, for example, recently experienced its deadliest month in over 40 when, during the month of May alone, there were over 100 shootings and 43 deaths reported. Chicago and NYC see similar levels of violence with 12 killed and 44 wounded in the Windy City and another 18 wounded and 4 dead in the Big Apple over the Memorial Day weekend alone.
Clearly gun control does not prevent criminals from participating in their deadly trade.
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