John R. Lott has written a series of books, three to be exact, all with the same topic. More guns and less crime are the issues discussed. These books provide true evidence and facts on gun control and how it relates to crime. In the latest edition of the series, John portrays American culture as one considered a gun culture. One statistic states that in 2009, one hundred and twenty-four million people lived in homes that obtained a total number of two hundred and seven million guns.
Due to high gun ownership, gun relevance with crime and accidents are always on the news.
We are always reading and being told about gun shootings and deaths caused by firearms, all this is because, In America, guns have been a part of the country’s society since the beginning of guns. All through history guns have been a big part of Americans, guns are used to protect this great nation, for self-defense, to hunt for food, and sporting activities.
Gun control is one of the most heated topics in the country due to all the mass shootings and gun-related crime incidents. It’s not the guns that are killing people it is the people who are killing people. Mental health plays a huge part in gun shootings, for example, in all the school shootings that have been happening lately, these kids who shoot up schools are not in the best state of mind and can be prevented easily. Statistics show that handguns are the most dangerous and misused firearms in America, this is due to their low profile and how concealable they are.
In today’s society, two words are always linked together, “Gun” and “Crime”.“ The government is in a tough predicament on whether to enforce more gun laws or loosen them up, more guns could potentially equal more protection or more crime. I chose this topic because the second amendment is a big part of my life as a hunter and gun owner.
Guns are a fantasy to most people, guns have a certain picture which is portrayed by movies or toys and games. In reality, most people have never held a gun let alone shot a firearm. To top that, most people have never seen somebody in real life being threatened by a gun or have seen a gun-related crime. The majority of citizens have little to no experience with firearms. A study showed that the majority of police officers have never been in a gun-related conflict with a suspect. The idea of guns and how they a perceived is greatly biased, one large factor is the news. One news story headline about a Japanese student who was shot and killed on his way to a party in Louisiana in 1992. This story soon became international as well as showing that gun defense can take a turn for the worst.
One statistic shows that, in one year, only 30 people were accidentally involved in a fatal gun shooting, they were mistaken for an intruder or a victim of some sort. In comparison, the policemen accidentally kill as many as 330 innocent people annually. “Are criminals afraid of law-abiding criminals with a gun?”, John asked. Yes, they are when in fact most criminals are truly afraid of an armed citizen. In 2002, John Lott conducted a nationwide survey on gun ownership. He discovered that ninety-five percent of people that have guns to use for self-defense, simply just waved or flashed their firearm at an attacker or victim to get them to start running. All these encounters are never talked about or discussed on the news, what is being talked about is the fatality shootings. This is how most people get the wrong picture about guns, they are only seeing and hearing about one side. Another survey was taken from convicted American felons and revealed that the criminals are much more worried about a citizen with a gun than dealing with the police. Some criminals said that in the interviews they avoid late-night burglaries because “it’s the best time to get shot”.