There are many arguments against banning guns, including claims that there are already too many guns in the U.S., that reducing gun ownership would not reduce violence and that criminals and mass shooters may still acquire guns if they are illegal. Many proponents, such as The Clause, argue that banning guns would actually create a less safe society.Continue Reading
According to The Clause, there are 300 million privately-owned guns in the United States, which is about nine guns for every ten citizens. Though measures to disarm citizens have been successful in other countries, such as Australia, the sheer amount of guns in the United States, coupled with the country's culture of gun ownership, makes banning guns impractical, if not impossible. Previous attempts to further reduce or restrict gun ownership actually caused both gun sales and membership in the National Rifle Association to increase.
The Clause also argues that banning guns would not keep them out of the hands of criminals, who often acquire their guns illegally. Despite boasting some of the country's most stringent gun laws, Connecticut was the site of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012. Banning gun ownership, The Clause argues, would simply disempower ordinary, law-abiding citizens, who would have no means of defense against criminals wielding illegal guns. Additionally, gun proponents claim that reducing guns would be unlikely to reduce actual instances of violence.Learn more about Guns & Weapons Laws
Serial numbers are located in various places on guns, depending on the manufacturer and type of weapon. The most common location for serial numbers is on the bottom of the gun butt or on the inside of the frame. Before looking for the serial number, first ensure that the gun is not loaded, and then follow proper gun safety regulations.Full Answer >
Potato guns are not federally regulated in the United States, and laws vary widely in states and counties, according to Wikipedia. The guns are illegal to own by anyone under age 16 in New York.Full Answer >
One of the arguments against trying juveniles as adults is that adult prison exposes young offenders to the negative influence of being incarcerated with older and hardened criminals. Supporters of trying juveniles as adults point out that there have been horrendous crimes committed by what have been referred to as "juvenile super predators," and that if an offender is "old enough to do the crime," then they are also "old enough to do the time." In the majority of states in the United States, juveniles can be tried as adults for serious crimes such as gang-related acts and murder.Full Answer >
Some arguments used in U.S. Senate votes from supporters of gun control are that more stringent screening laws keep guns out of the hands of mentally ill and potentially violent people and that fewer available guns lead to fewer guns ending up on the street. A common argument used by opponents of gun control relates to the protection of American citizens' right to carry guns under the Second Amendment.Full Answer >