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Once in a while, when there are firearm incidents, people bring up a gun control idea and how bad it is to own one and use it against others. First of all, did crime rate increase as people own more guns? Should people make a stronger laws and restrictions for gun control to help prevent such disasters? Essentially, can we get rid of guns?

How many guns did we have in the 90’s? In Gun Control Overveiw database this quote was stated, “Institute of Justice reported in a national survey that in 1994, 44 million people, approximately 35 percent of households, owned 192 million firearms, 65 million of which were handguns. Seventy-four percent of those individuals were reported to own more than one firearm (Congressional Digest 2).” By 2000, the total number of firearms that people in United States have increased to about 259 million (Congressional Digest 2). By 2009, the total amount of firearms that U.S people had was about 310 million (Congressional Digest 4). So, did increase in total number of firearms increase crime rate? No. If we take a look at the reports that have been reported by State and local law officers to FBI and annually in Uniform Crime Reports says that it used to be approximately 6.6 thousand, but as time passed in 2000 only 3.6 thousand, 3.9 thousand for 2006 and 3.2 for 2011 (Congressional Digest 4). It actually decreased. Which means restricting people from obtaining firearms will increase the crime.

Trotter Gayle said “Anti-gun legislation keeps guns away from the sane and the law-abiding – but it does not keep guns out of the hands of criminals (27).” That means, whether firearms restriction increases or not criminals will get firearms somehow legally or illegally and will commit crimes. But on other hand, nice citizens who do not have firearms, due to so much restriction they wouldn’t have one to protect themselves from those of criminals who want their goods. Some and reasonable gun control laws will be...
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