Gun control fall under the gun politics scope that involves the legal issues that pertains to the ownership, use of guns and also the regulation of the firearms. The regulation of firearms implies the safety issues that are related to the use of the guns in either the direct use or through the legal and criminal use. The gun politics falls under a wide scope but can be identified of various levels that include the international, national, state, community, city, religious and also in the cooperate domain.
The major concern in gun control is to ensure that the guns are used in the purported roles and in a more reasonable manner (Spitzer, 1995). The need to control the gun ownership and use is accelerated by the nature of guns as deadly weapons whose use among humanity in a more careless manner will lead to unnecessary loss of lives which is a form of undermining humanity. The use of the guns can never be trashed as just undermining humanity because it in some situations safe lives which could have been lost more especially when used in avoiding the socially unacceptable activities, as it scares away the social misfits who could have otherwise attained their mission which much easy.
The thesis problem of the paper is to critically evaluate the significant of gun control. This is based on the argument that guns are required for maintaining peace and also ensuring safety of humanity in a given country, but when they fall on the hands of persons with ill intentions they are likely to use the guns in a unreasonable manner more especially in a socially unacceptable activities that undermines humanity. Gun control is necessary in ensuring that humanity gets the best from the weapon. The paper addresses the rationale of controlling the gun ownership and use in promoting humanity as anything that seem to undermine humanity is being perceived as being socially unacceptable thus a need to eradicate or reduce such related happenings.
The rationale for implementing gun control in one given country can be attributed to the following reasons as discussed below;
From the international perspective guns are required in all the countries of the world if a country was to protect its sovereignty through a perfect military force. Countries that are not well equipped military wise are disadvantaged as they are prone to attacks from their neighboring countries, where their neighbors wish to extend their governance to attain a larger resource command. This is evident in the various wars that have been in the world that involve countries in scramble for resources for economic gain.
Therefore guns are necessary in the military force for every country in the world which will ensure military superiority that will enable a country to protect its resources from exploitation by other countries (Kates, 1986). The gun control on this reason should however be restrained for use by the country’s military officers only and be used only for protecting the country’s populations and the resources owned by the population. For effective results the government should design rules over the use of the guns by the military officers which will ensure that there is no misuse of of the guns when the guns are at the hand of the military officers.
On the national perspective, guns are used in the enforcement of law and in this case they are used for deterrence purposes as the law breakers will fear of being shot when engaged in some unlawful activities. The law breakers also on the other side may happen that they also posses some weapons either guns or other home made weapons, which might make it hard for the law enforcers to handle them as expected as they are likely to receive threats from the law breakers. In such situations, there is need for gun control because it will ensure the effective law enforcement as it will control both gun ownership and also the use of guns.
Law enforcement is a crucial issue for any country if justice, peace and order were to be prevailed in the country given the nature of human beings and their conflicting interests (Wilson, 2006). Each human being will be pushing to ensure maximum benefits at the expense of the others, that is survival for the fittest, and during this struggle, socially unacceptable practices are certain to come up that call for the act of law to ensure justice. The socially unacceptable practises that include robbery and murder are likely to be accelerated by the owning of weapons like guns by the civilian because they make the law breakers operations easier and effective.
This scenario calls for the control of gun ownership and use in ensuring the effective enforcement of law. The law enforcers are expected to be equipped with the guns for handling of the criminals who are also equipped with the guns and other weapons. The number of guns in posses of the civilians need to be controlled by first evaluating the personality of an individuals and the reason for owning a gun before guaranteed the permit to own a gun. This will ensure the enforcement of law that will promote the good for all despite the conflicting interests in society, thus a need for gun control.
Gun ownership by the civilians is promoted by the reasons for self defence. Persons wish to own guns because they are feeling insecure as the persons surrounding them seem to be hostile. This is a good reason for owning a gun but it can also be perceived as the cause for all the evils that are associated to the use of guns among the civilians in a given country.
Someone may posses a gun on the reason of defending himself or herself but the real intension of the person is to attack others, thus a scape goat that enables potential criminals to own guns (Poe, 2002 ). The ownership of guns through this means need to be controlled if misuse of guns was to be avoided because guns are certain to be used for other purposes other than self defence once they are in posses of the civilians. Therefore the government of the day is expected to issue gun ownership permits that are accompanied by the rules which are meant to guide the gun holders on how to use their guns and also the rules pertaining the transfer of ownership.
The most appropriate and effective control of gun use is for the government to restrain all the civilians from owning guns and assigning the role of protecting the civilians to the government police. This will reduce the misuse of guns by the civilian by avoiding the possession of guns which could have otherwise landed into the hands of the civilian with ill intentions although issued permit on good use.
Domestic violence and also accidents associated with the ownership and use of guns is another factor that calls for gun control. It is normal for the occurrence of domestic misunderstandings in society either in a family setup or across various communities in the society. When this misunderstandings occur persons are likely to acts out of emotions on either to revenge or to attack for for the insult received from the other party. Emotions are certain to make persons to acts irrationally depending from one person to the other and also depending on their respective personalities.
The easy access of the guns will lead to the misuse of the guns as persons are likely to act out their emotions in which they will regret on what they had done afterwards (Kopel, 1995). The emotional acts when in possession of a gun may lead to murders, suicides and also injuries among the community members which could have otherwise been avoided if the persons were not in posses of the guns. Domestic violence can also be caused in the case where there is hatred among ethnic groups in a given country and in this case there is a possibility of one ethnic group using guns against the other ethnic group which is certain to undermine humanity.
These situations call for the need for controlling gun use and ownership and the best approach is avoid gun possession among the civilians of a given government. Accidents that are caused by the guns is also another issue that calls for the control of the gun ownership because the users of the guns are certain to shoot unintentionally which is certain to cause harm to the user or third persons hence possession of gun should be restrained for use to only persons who can use it effectively without harming other persons or oneself unintentionally and these should be ensured through a mandatory training that should be recognized by law before owning a gun.
The government stability is an important factor which is required for ensuring the smooth running of the government activities, and normally in any government there are potential governments which are in place and eager to take over from the existing governments, more especially in democratic countries. The existing government gets into a risk of being overthrown by the potential governments in place and for that reasons it requires to put restrictions on militia training that go on within the country which might be used for overthrowing the present government.
The main restriction that a government should instill for it to survive from the threats from opposition groups is the avoiding of gun possession by the civilians in the country which might be used against the government’s police to overthrow the government, therefore gun control is necessary for ensuring government stability as the opposition will be rendered harmless, hence strategy for ensuring government stability.
Gun control in also necessary in observing the civilian rights because there is a likelihood of the guns being used in undermining their rights. The government police is entrusted with the responsibility of protecting the civilians and their property too but at times and in some countries the police officers may choose to misuse the guns by shooting at the civilians with no due reasonable reasons for doing that which is certain to cause unnecessary deaths (Cozic, 1992,).
The misuse of guns by the police may also restrain the citizens from fighting for their rights as they will fear from being shot on questioning on some national issues that a government is supposed to address or addressed in manner that does not promote their welfare, thus undermining humanity. A government therefore need to design law which is meant to govern the way in which the police should use the guns in their possession in promoting democracy and not undermining humanity. The governments which seem to misuse guns at the expense of the citizens rights should be subjected to international laws which will ensure the proper use of the guns in respective countries, thus a need to control gun possession and use.
The major threat that undermines the reasonable use and possession of guns in some countries in the world is the international trade where some countries which manufacture guns intend to increase their sales for the purpose of income generation without considering the use in the which the exported guns are going to be put in (Lott, 2000).
This scenario makes it difficult for the local countries which do not manufacture guns to control gun possession among the citizens in avoiding the bads which come with the possession of guns by the civilians. The international trade of guns need to be controlled in order to ensure that the guns lands at safer hands which will make the proper use of of them instead of undermining humanity, hence a need for gun control.
Conclusion. Gun control is an important factor as addressed in the paper. The main purpose for gun control is to ensure that the guns are used appropriately than a source for undermining humanity. The gun control should be directed to discriminate the use and the ownership of guns in promoting humanity.
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