Gun Control and Controlling Crime Argumentative Essay by Nicky

Gun Control and Controlling Crime
An argument that gun control does not impact crime in America today.
# 149330 | 2,155 words | 8 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 07, 2011 in Hot Topics (Gun Control) , Criminology (General)

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The paper defines "gun control" and argues that right-to-carry laws may be more effective at deterring crime than gun control. The paper looks at crime statistics and how they demonstrate that gun control does not help control violent crime and also points out that most criminal justice students do not support gun control. The paper addresses the problem of stolen guns and considers the arguments of gun control advocates. The paper reaches the conclusion that while there are some viable arguments for some types of gun control, (on assault weapons, for example), studies and data indicate that gun control would have very little effect on crime in America today.

Effectiveness of Gun Control
Right-to-Carry Laws
Crime Statistics
Stolen Guns
Criminal Justice Students
Pro Gun Control Arguments
Child Safety

From the Paper:

"Every state has some kind of laws controlling or regulating guns, which is one reason the Federal Government does not want to get involved in gun control, even though there are often attempts to regulate certain aspects of gun control at the national level (such as trigger locks, youth safety, and waiting time regulations). They feel the states should regulate their own affairs, rather than creating overall federal legislation for many gun control issues. Each state regulates and enforces their regulations differently, and that can skew gun control's effectiveness. Authors Moorhouse and Wanner continue, "The effectiveness of a particular gun control statute depends not only on its being on the books but the degree to which the law is enforced. Two jurisdictions may have the same gun control statute but experience very different effects, because in one of the jurisdictions little effort is devoted to enforcing the regulation" (Moorhouse & Wanner, 2006). Thus, studies that indicate gun control helps reduce crime may be based on different statutes and different enforcement techniques, which may alter the results. In most studies, gun control is not shown to be effective in combating crime. The authors note, "In addition, he observes that 'controlling for basic social factors, the data show that gun laws have no significant effect on access to firearms' and 'differing rates of access to handguns had no significant effect on violent acts'" (Moorhouse & Wanner, 2006)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Beachler, D. W. (2003). Militias and segregationists: The politics of low turnout elections in the United States. Polity, 35(3), 441+.
  • Editors. (2003). Fact sheet: Stolen guns. Retrieved 6 July 2009 from the Johns Hopkins University Web site:
  • Moorhouse, J. C., & Wanner, B. (2006). Does gun control reduce crime or does crime increase gun control? The Cato Journal, 26(1), 103+.
  • Payne, B. K., & Riedel, R. (2002). Gun control attitudes and the criminal justice student: Do differences exist? College Student Journal, 36(2), 314+.
  • Price, J. H., Dake, J. A., & Thompson, A. J. (2002). Congressional voting behavior on firearm control legislation: 1993-2000. Journal of Community Health, 27(6), 419+.

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