California State University Stanislaus
CJ 2255 Methods of Criminal Justice
Throughout the history of the United
States our nation has involved from wars, politic issues, and hard work, but in
those critical situations our nation has been under attacks; for example the
9/11, our society has gotten scared, untrusted, and traumatize. These issues
have lead to a self-defense attitude in our society, believing that we are
going to be safer if we own guns. In contrast, it has result in gun crimes and
homicides, making the U.S. the leader of gun violence among all countries. The
U.S. represent that power of freedom and place where the constitution was build
up on the protection of every citizen, but gun violence in our country has
become a major issue, and as citizens we should focus on educate our society on
the child level, as well as educating our population on the use of firearms.
Guns are extremely powerful weapons.
They can cause destruction, harm, or even death. They can also be used to
defend and protect or to threaten and kill depending on the hands that are
holding it. Guns are powerful tools in any way people look at it, not only
physically but as well socially. Crime and guns these are two words that seem
to be really associated with each other, but the question is do guns
necessarily lead to crime? Or if laws place restriction on firearm ownership, could
this be used to stop the crime and protect the citizens? This is an important
topic for everyone involved in the issue of guns. Guns play a role in
everyone’s life at some degree in their life. Therefore, crime and guns is a
very important topic between society and law. As much as an important issue
that has lead to groups involve in the debate of pros and cons which have being
seen in all kind of aspects, interests and views.
The pros and cons about gun control
have been discussed innumerable times, but since both the advocates and the
opponents stick to their position the issue remains unresolved. Throughout the
years politics have been focus on gun control laws, but after 1968 the
assassination of John Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Martin Luther King Jr this
topic has increase ridicule. In the article “Is gun control likely to reduce
violent killings” the author Zimring F. states “more than 30,000 people die in
the U.S. yearly from gunshot, and out of those 30.000 people 1,500 are
accidental shootings (Zimring F, 1968). As a result of gun control about 270
million people owned guns, including what the author Cooper said that “over 80
percent of all gun owners say that owning a gun makes them feel safer without
considering the consequences, adding that gun owners are 36 to 49%, which 45%
are males and 15% are females (Cooper A.C. 2015).
this issue continues, some pros that society argues about gun control is that
there can be less suicides, in the article Pros and Cons said that “between
1999 and 2013 there was a total of 270,237 firearms suicide (ProCon, 2017), and
according to this study when gun ownership went down the rates about suicides
went down as well. Another point that a lot of people argue in this debate is
that more gun control can decrease deaths. Also the author includes that there
were “464,033 gun deaths between 1999 and 2013 including homicides suicides,
and unintentional deaths (ProCon 2017). This mean that with gun control it
would be less deaths, for example, it is really easy to get to your hands a
firearm, but if the law and regulations were made to be much stricter, more
regulated and a longer process to get a firearm including money than the people
who die from gun violence would possible decrease in big amount. Also domestic
violence is a big problem in this issue statistics said “a woman’s chances of
being killed is increased 5 times if there is a gun during domestic violence”.
Overall gun control laws should be stricter in order to reduce crimes,
homicides, and suicides.
However, there are also cons about
firearms. For example criminals will always going to break the law in order to
accomplish their objective. Plus Illegal
guns are a huge trade and business. Another important point about cons is Education
we should teach people from an early age how much damage a gun can cause, as
the author Harpie said in the article “The illusion of tradition spurious
quotations and the gun control debate” “more gun control is not needed, instead
education about guns and guns safety is needed, gun control laws do not prevent
crimes, gun ownership prevents crime (Harpie W.D. 2016). Which means that with
education the people who own guns are the ones who decide how to use them
either for a positive or negative way. For example with the largest increases
in gun ownership also have the largest drop in violent crimes (Harpie W.D.
2016). Which this means that education can make a big impact in peoples life if
they follow the roles in how to use a gun.
Overall, the social approach deals
with society and its citizens either working to help promote or either to help
prevent gun control law depending on their objective. Including that criminals
think way different which is to use the guns for homicides, threaten and kill.
Of course that main goals of the government is to keep and protect the rights
of its citizens. However there would always going to be positives and negatives
issues that would lead to people agree and disagree with each other.