A hot topic of discussion in the United States is the issue of whether or not America should have stricter gun laws or not. This issue has come to surface with recent deadly shootings, for example, the horrible incident that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. There is no definite position that America has on this issue, the question is, how many Americans are in favor of or opposed to stricter gun laws?
In a poll done by CNN on October 14th 2015 through October 17th 2015, a little over a thousand people were interviewed and asked the question, “Do you favor or oppose stricter gun control laws?” (CNN 10). 46% were in favor of stricter gun laws, 52% were in opposition to stricter gun laws, and 3% had no opinion. This poll shows that most Americans are not in favor of stricter gun laws. In an article on NewsMax.com titled “Gun Control Pros and Cons: 3 Points on Both Sides of Debate” it is stated that “violent crime goes down when more people legally carry guns” (Ridder). Also, “The total violent crime rate has decreased 48 percent to a 37 –year low” (Ridder). The opposing side that is for stricter gun laws states that three -quarters of the guns used in mass shootings in the last 30 years “were obtained legally by the killers” (Ridder), and that “background checks will help keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them” (Ridder). While these points may be true, making the requirements stricter for getting a gun won’t necessarily change that. Criminals and people who aren’t mentally capable of having a gun can still find ways to obtain guns. Another issue that has come up with the debate over gun control is whether or not guns make the public safer or put people in more harm. In another CNN poll, this question was asked to the same people, “Generally speaking, do you think that allowing gun owners to carry their guns in public places makes those places safer, less safe, or makes no difference in how safe a public place is?” (CNN 10). 35% think it makes public places safer, 33% think it doesn’t make public places safer, 32% think it makes no difference, and 1% had no opinion. All three of these results are very close in percentage. I personally think it makes no difference on a day to day basis, but in a situation where people are being harmed, the right people in the hands of guns can make it safer.
In my opinion, I don’t think the United States needs stricter gun laws. As Americans it is one of our rights to bear arms as stated in the Second Amendment in the U.S. Constitution, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” (https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/second_amendment ). In order for any changes to be made to American’s rights to bear arms, American citizens would have to be in agreement to the change, and so far, everybody is not in favor.
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Diamond, Jeremy. “Poll: more Americans oppose stricter gun control.” CNN. CNN, 21 October 2015. Web. 18 November 2015. http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/21/politics/gun-control-poll-americans/
“CNN ORC International Poll.” CNN, October 14th 2015. Web. 18 November 2015. http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2015/images/10/21/rel11d.-.obama,.isis,.gun.control.pdf
Ridder, Karen. “Gun Control Pros and Cons: 3 Points on Both Sides of Debate.” NewsMax, NewsMax, 28 September 2014. Web. 19 November 2015. http://www.newsmax.com/FastFeatures/gun-control-pros-and-cons/2014/09/28/id/597212/
“Second Amendment.” Legal Information Institute, ND. Web. 19 November 2015. https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/second_amendment