Sample Essay

The rejection of gun control mechanism is spearheaded by the National Rifle Association (NRA). The protection of the Supreme Court given to the right of possession to individuals in 2008 is of primary importance here, as it establishes their long standing contention of being allowed to hold weapons under the Constitution of the United States.

The common argument stipulates how gun owners restrict their gun use to deter criminals and therefore affectively contribute to the police force in their own way without causing the society any damage. They are concerned that with the passing of each regulation, the government would ultimately confiscate all weapons legally owned and thus rid of the society of an important means of self-defense. Their lobby has greater political power since gun control opponents spend far more contributing to elections than their counterparts.

John Lott’s work “More Guns, Less Crime” supports the anti-gun control movement. His research shows that States which were lax in restricting private ownership of guns saw their murder rates go down by 8.5%, rapes by 5%, aggravated assaults by 7% and robbery by 3%; and, if those states not having a similar legal setup had adopted such laws in 1992, then approximately 1,570 murders, 4,177 rapes, 60,000 aggravated assaults and 12,000 robberies would have been avoided yearly.

Moreover, the tighter the gun control restrictions become, the higher the crime rate goes up. The two cities having extensive gun control regulations that are prime examples of this are Chicago and Washington DC. These are the only two cities that have placed a ban on handguns. Still, according to Chicago Sun-Times Teenagers in Chicago are 10 times more likely to be the victims of gun violence than Illinois youngsters living outside the city. This indicates that laws themselves would not cease the usage of guns as criminals have plenty of means to obtain weapons from elsewhere.


Gun control while seemingly effective only manages to rid the licensed law abiding citizen of a means of self defense. There will always be a black market and a covert way of seeking weapons and while the government would persistently suggest lack of strictness as the reason for gun crimes, a ban on guns has not been able to bring forth positive results in either Chicago or Washington D.C, both of which suffer rising crime rates. If gun control does in fact all but eliminate crime, why is the number of employees in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and FBI continually on the rise? The existing laws banning the use of handguns are already being challenged in courts thanks to Supreme Court’s 2008 decision in DC Heller, and it would only serve for the betterment of society if the ban on guns is lifted.

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