I had to write this short persuasive essay for a PPST prep class I am taking. Since this writing would otherwise never see the light of day, I thought I’d post it here.
Let’s start with an idea. All gun owners in America suddenly turn in their guns. No one has a gun, everyone is safe. No more children accidentally shot, no more gun toting criminals. I can’t shoot you, you can’t shoot me. No one has a gun. Of course, someone has a gun. Criminals still have guns. The very definition of the word criminal is someone who doesn’t obey laws. They have guns, but now I don’t have a gun. Suddenly I don’t feel so comfortable.
Studies have almost unanimously shown that nations with strict anti-gun laws have higher murder rates than those that do not. In an attempt to lower the number of guns in private ownership in Australia, the government sponsored a 500 million dollar buyback program that took in over 600,000 guns from the private ownership. Less than a year later, nearly all crime rates were rising, with armed robberies up more than 40%. This is the same case all across Europe. European nations with the lowest rates of gun ownership have a combined murder rate three times higher than that of nations with the highest rates of gun ownership. Since pistols were banned and confiscated in Britian, handgun crimes have doubled. In Russia, where nearly all private gun ownership has been eradicated, the murder rate is four times higher than the U.S. As you might imagine, very few murders in Russia involve guns, yet it hasn’t stopped them from killing one another. Apparently none of these countries got the memo we’re all safer with no guns.
Gun control as an attempt at reducing crime is like trying to reduce drunk driving by banning cars. The logic is simply not there. Thomas Jefferson, one of our country’s founding fathers, said it best: “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms . . . disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes”. There are far better answers to cleaning up our streets and lowering crime rates than removing guns. Get rid of the “three strikes and you’re out” laws. Three strikes? When have you ever heard of a criminal “accidentally” holding up a liquor store? Clean up rough neighborhoods. Sponsor after school programs aimed at keeping kids of the streets. Sponsor community faith-based programs aimed at instilling family values. Gun control is simply not the answer.
But it’s OK; we are all much safer now. All gun owners in America have turned in their guns. No more children accidentally shot, no more gun toting criminals. I can’t shoot you, you can’t shoot me. No one has a gun.