List of Gun Control Pros and Cons
Gun control pros and cons have been discussed innumerable times. They have been thoroughly analyzed in gun control debates. But since both the advocates and opponents of gun control stick to their positions, the issue remains unresolved. I am listing below a few important gun control pros and cons and evaluating them.
Points made in support of gun control (pros)
1) Gun control facts reveal that the US population is only 5 percent of the population of the world. But the number of guns in possession of the US residents is 50 percent of the number of guns in the world. (the gun ownership figures are only for privately owned guns and do not include the guns owned by the police, armed forces etc.) This data is so strong as to tilt the balance of gun control pros and cons towards the side of pros.
2) Gun death statistics for different countries were expressed as the number of gun deaths to a population of a million and these figures compared for different countries. This comparison showed the United States getting ranked below South Africa. This information also suggests that gun control pros and cons are overwhelmingly in favor of gun control.
Points against gun control (cons)
1) The very idea of gun control goes against the principle of democracy that allows people the right to safeguard their lives, considering that guns are required by people to defend themselves when attacked by others. This may sound plausible on the face of it. But gun crime statistics show that uncontrolled gun ownership will lead to more gun crime and ultimately to anarchy. The objective of gun control is to prevent anarchy not gun ownership. Therefore this argument does not carry much weight.
2) Since gun ownership was a right sanctioned by the 2nd amendment, this right should not be restricted. This argument does not take into account the background of the people involved in creating this law. 99 percent of this amendment was based on the information provided by people with no college education, not to speak of legal education. Therefore, it is not reasonable to assert that the right given by this law cannot be made subject to some restrictions. In fact, any provision under any law can be modified, restricted or even removed by a subsequent law.
Considering the above, it appears that among the gun control pros and cons, the pros are stronger