Professor of Management and Public Policy at the university of California at Los Angels, the author shows what is wrong with each side of the argument. In the first paragraph, he says, “The president wants still tougher gun control legislation and thinks It will work” (Barnett and Bedaub 124). But, he continues on to say how this will not affect the Illegal use of guns. About 200 million privately own a gun and one-third of that 200 million own a handgun (Barnett and Bedaub 124).
Only two percent of the citizens are using them in unlawful acts (Barnett and Bedaub 124). The number of people who defend themselves outnumbers the amount of arrests for crimes committed. There are many issues with gun control, such as, whether a citizen should be able to own a gun or not, law enforcement confiscations, and punishment for criminals who use guns. There are many facts proving and disproving whether a citizen should be able to own a gun or not. Wilson presents convincing statistics to support his statements. He shows that only a fraction of the guns used by criminals are purchased at a gun shop.
He points out that many would-be burglars are scared away because a home owner displayed or used a gun. He also presented statistics that disprove the assertion of gun control advocates that “the cost of self-defense Is self Injury: Handgun owners are more likely to shoot themselves or their loved ones than a criminal” (Barnett and Bedaub 125). These statements are very true and should definitely be taken into consideration when dealing with gun control. According to Wilson, the government should not take away the right for law abiding citizens to purchase guns (Barnett and Bedaub 125).
They should take away the rights of those who carry guns unlawfully. It is encouraged that law enforcement confiscate guns from people who carry without a permit. Although the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution bans unreasonable searches of persons, it was decided by the Supreme Court that frisking a person Is acceptable if an officer Is given a reason to suspect that the person Is posing a threat to society (Barnett and Bedaub 125). Street frisks do not seem Like the way to go when dealing with gun control. It would warrant too many searches based Just on the appearance of the errors.
Wilson also says that the NEAR makes a mistake in calling for more severe punishment of criminals who use guns (Barnett and Bedaub 125). It is not unreasonable to want more severe punishment. This seems to already be the case. What needs to happen is a change in the court system, getting criminals through much faster. A crime committed should be paid for. It seems that if the criminal was found guilty, he or she should pay for the crime without any bargains by prosecutors. Wilson makes good points about the pros and cons of owning or not owning a gun.
The confiscation of guns may have solved the problems with unlawful gun control, but the amount of street frisks the police would have to do based solely on appearance would not be the right way to go. Simply putting more restrictions on the right thing to do. These different outlooks on the pressing issue of gun control will always be argued, no matter what. Putting more restrictions on guns may not be the perfect solution, but it would be the first step into a safer world. Works Cited Barnett, Sylvan and Hugo Bedaub, des. Current Issues and Enduring Questions. Ninth Edition. Boston: Bedford/SST.