According to the Los Angeles Times, “almost 146 out of 167 mass shootings could have been prevented in the past 5 years if more gun control laws would have been enacted”. Should more gun control laws be enacted? Should guns be totally banned? Should people have the freedom to carry guns? This is a really controversial topic, and I am going to discuss both sides of the story. On one hand, we have those who say that gun control laws shouldn’t be enacted because it interferes with the second amendment which supports individuals to have individual gun ownership. Also, more gun control laws mean less self-defense and less sense of safety for people. I feel like these are pretty good reasons and all of them make sense. Also, according to Poplisticle, guns should be allowed to preserve liberty, to make you more responsible, to make you more knowledgeable when it comes to guns, and to be able to help others when they are in trouble.

On the other hand, we have those who say that gun control laws should be enacted because it will reduce mass shootings and imminent accidents. Especially, people talk about the laws that regulate the use of high-capacity magazines which are usually the ones that are used during mass shootings. Also, people supporting more gun control laws say that guns often get lost, and when a lost gun lands in the wrong hands, that’s when problems arrive. According to knowswhy.com, another reason why guns should be banned is that “crime prevention is a police officer’s job”. We don’t need superheroes walking around the city protecting everyone because we have police officers. Also, some people say that guns are simply unnecessary. No guns equal no violence and no wars. Finally, another reason why people think that more regulations that restrict the use of guns should be enacted is that gun owners are often disrespectful to police officers and other authorities. They think that because they have a gun they should be treated with more respect and they feel like they are above the law and everyone else. While this might not be true for every gun owner, yet there are some people with crazy thoughts and lack of self-awareness.

In conclusion, there are different opinions regarding the use of guns and the laws that control the use of guns. Some say that guns are unnecessary, while others say that guns can save your life. What is true about guns, is that they are meant to kill people. Before you take any gun-related decisions you should remember that supporting the use of guns means that you are ok with killing someone, threatening someone, or even scaring them. You should take this in mind before deciding whether you approve or not the use of guns. 

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  1. Antonio 6 months ago

    Dear Jose
    I did enjoy the article you have wrote but I do have some questions about what you have said in it. Most of the mass shootings that have happened were caused by people who were mental Ill and other reasons. Some of these shootings were realized too late, so I don’t think they were preventable at most. Do I think that weapons, in general, should be banned? No, this is a violation of our right to own any firearms. should it be regulated heavily to see who gets it, yes I think it should.

  2. Selina 6 months ago

    Dear Jose,

    I agree with the part where guns should have laws to decrease mass shootings. However, I don’t fully agree with the part where you said that if someone buys a gun, the person will be ok with using guns against someone or killing them. Some people might just have a gun for self-protection because anyone can buy a gun and they can come up and threaten you. I personally believe that guns should be sold in a place where the government can check the person’s data and decide if they are able to carry a gun safely. So then mass shootings where people have a mindset of revenging people or people who send out threats on SNS would not be able to buy a gun.

    Selina

  3. Aaron 6 months ago

    Dear, Jose

    I enjoyed reading your article. I liked the fact that you analyzed different sides of the ongoing controversial debate. That provided me with insight into the gun control laws. To explain my stance, I agree that more gun controls laws to be enacted. First of all, as you mentioned in your article, 146 mass shootings could have been prevented. Moreover, there are a lot of issues with guns these days. I think enacting more gun control laws could help prevent these unfortunate events. Thank you for writing such an awesome article that provides details to both of the sides of the debate. I look forward to your next articles.

    Aaron

  4. Shuang 6 months ago

    I like how you talk about this question from different perspectives. First, I agree with more gun control laws be enacted, but we should still be allowed people to have the gun just in case. As a person from a country where the citizen doesn’t be allowed to use a gun, I was surprised that why the US can allow people to own a gun. But for whatever reason, since the people here already have the ability to own a gun, I don’t think is a good idea to take off their right. If they are banned to use a gun, there still are a lot of people holding a gun illegally. They might get their gun from some underground market, which is the government can’t trace. So the people can’t protest themselves from the people who hold the gun illegally. So my opinion is still allowed people to hold their guns for self-protecting but use the law to restrict their rights.

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