Is Gun Control Effective? Analytical Essay by Nicky

Is Gun Control Effective?
A review of the arguments for and against gun control laws.
# 148557 | 1,815 words | 3 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 27, 2011 in Hot Topics (Gun Control)

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The paper outlines the arguments that gun control is not effective against criminals and then looks at gun control policies in different states in the U.S. The paper discusses four points that support the fact that gun control does actually deter crime and also looks at the successful results of gun control laws in other countries. The paper concludes by noting that gun proponents argue that not only will gun control enforcement help stop crime and slow the slaughter, but that it might be only one of several levels of barriers that stop criminals from obtaining weapons.

Gun Control is Not Effective Against Criminals
How Does Gun Control Work in Other States and Countries?
Gun Control is a Deterrent to Crime
Results in Other Countries

From the Paper:

"During the late 1970s and into the early1990s, the streets of Washington DC were awash in an epidemic of violence. So, DC and then Chicago both passed bans on handguns in 1976 and 1982 respectively. Any person who wanted a handgun in New York had to acquire a hard-to-get special permit. At the same time the government banned assault rifles. Three things happened.
"First, gun control failed to control guns. The U.S. capital became another type of capital in the 1990s--the murder capital of the country. Chicago's murder rate, which, before the prohibition of handguns, had been waning, increased over the next ten years."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Gun control. (n.d.). Retrieved May 7, 2009, from
  • Kole, W. (2007, April 27). Gun control in foreign countries has mixed results. Retrieved May 7, 2009, from (Oakland Tribune):
  • Massie, M. (2009, May 7). Anti-gun laws favor criminals. Retrieved May 7, 2009, from Worldnet Daily:

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