The second amendment states “A well-regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed”. The second amendment should not be repealed because innocent citizens could use firearms for self-protection. Gun control laws do not determine crime rate, in fact gun ownership determines crime. In November of 1980 – 2009 Connecticut, California, Hawaii, and New Jersey had a ban on assault weapons. This ban did not have a direct correlation to the numbers of murders and rapes that happened on a state level. According to the National Rifle Association guns are used for self-defense 2.5 million times a yearFirst, John R.
Lott, Jr., PhD, author of More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws, stated, “States with the largest increases in gun ownership also have the largest drops in violent crimes… The effect on ‘shall-issue’ concealed gun laws on these crimes where two or more people were killed has been dramatic.
When states passed these laws, the number of multiple-victim shootings declined by 84 percent. Deaths from these shootings plummeted on average by 90 percent and injuries by 82 percent.”Next approximately 50% of unintentional fatal shootings were self-inflicted; and most unintentional firearm deaths were caused by friends or family members. After examining the evidence states should not repeal the second amendment, but instead use stricter laws. According to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the National Physicians Alliance, states with the highest concentration of guns have nine times the amount of accidental gun deaths and “89% of unintentional shooting deaths of children occur in the home—and most of these deaths occur when children are playing with a loaded gun in their parents’ absence.Lastly, Journalist John Stossel explained, “Criminals don’t obey the law… Without the fear of retaliation from victims who might be packing heat, criminals in possession of these illegal weapons now have a much easier job.
.. As the saying goes, ‘If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns. A May 9, 2013 48% of convicted felons surveyed admitted that they avoided committing crimes when they knew the victim was armed with a gun.The second amendment should not be repealed because less people will have a sense of protection and the rates for gun related crimes could rise.
Regardless of if guns are taken away criminals and government officials would be the only people with weapons leaving innocent citizens defenseless.Scores that I used in this debate: Mark Gius, “An Examination of the Effects of Concealed Weapons Laws and Assault Weapons Bans on State-Level Murder Rates,” Applied Economics Letters, www.tandfonline.com, Nov. 26, 2013NRA, “Chris Cox’s NRA Armed Citizen,” www.nra.
org/armedcitizen (accessed Oct. 6, 2014)