Britain has the most severe gun control laws in the world. But is gun control a good thing or a bad thing? Let's look at some of the common arguments for and against the right to own a gun.

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Britain has the most severe gun control laws in the world. Handguns or pistols are banned for civilians, even for sports purposes. You must get a certificate from the police to own a shotgun or a rifle for hunting, and the certificates aren't easy to get. In the year 2001-2002, gun crime increased in Britain by 35%. New statistics released this week show that the increase is slowing down, only 3% for this year so far. But in the first week of October, gun killings made the British news headlines almost every day. But, is gun control a good thing or a bad thing? Let's look at some of the common arguments for and against the right to own a gun.


Guns prevent crime. Criminals will think twice before robbing the house of someone with a gun. The police can't keep order so people need guns to protect themselves. If you take away their guns, innocent people will suffer because they won't be able to defend themselves.


If guns prevent crime then why doesn't the USA have the lowest crime rate in the world? Guns don't protect you. Statistics show that you are more likely to be shot if you have a gun in the house. And the person who gets shot is more likely to be the householder than the intruder.


People always talk about gun control after massacres like Hungerford or a school killing like Columbine in the USA. The people who do these things are mentally ill. You can't legislate against what these people might do. The actions of one 'madman' shouldn't be used to make everyone else criminals too.


In the majority of these 'massacre' killings, the murderer got the guns either from his or her own home or from the home of a member of the family. And the guns were usually legal. If the guns weren't available it wouldn't have happened. It's as simple as that.


Most people who have guns are responsible law abiding citizens. They use them to hunt or for sport. They store their guns carefully and know how to use them. They aren't a danger to anyone else.


Every year, thousands of children die in accidents involving guns in their own homes. Why not use the new generation of 'smart' guns that can only be used by the owner, through, for example, fingerprint recognition? The technology is available, but gun makers and gun owners don't want to use it.


A gun is only a tool. It doesn't kill by itself. People kill, not guns. Are you going to ban knives next?


Guns and knives are not the same. You can kill many more people with a gun than a knife. And with a gun, the killing is depersonalised. You can kill people from a distance without seeing the consequences.


Thousands of people are killed every year by cars, but we don't ban cars.


Cars weren't invented to kill people. Guns were.


There are too many gun laws already which make life difficult for law-abiding gun owners. We need more severe penalties for criminals who use guns, not restrictions on normal people. Give the criminals longer prison sentences and leave the rest of us alone.


Tougher penalties won't stop serious criminals from using guns. A cocaine dealer already faces a long prison sentence if he is caught. We need to stop them getting hold of the guns in the first place. We need to break down the gun-owning culture.


People have the right to carry guns. In many countries, (the USA for example) it's a right that goes back hundreds of years. Why should the government interfere in the lives of ordinary citizens?


The world was a different place hundreds of years ago. Machine guns didn't exist for a start. And obviously, if the rights of an individual makes life dangerous for other people, then that right should be taken away.


If gun control is such a good thing, why have British gun crime figures increased and not decreased?


Gun crime is in the news at the moment, but it's still a very small percentage of the total of recorded crimes in Britain, less than half a per cent. And most of this crime is connected with members of criminal groups, such as drug gangs. It's a problem, but it certainly isn't caused by gun control.




Oh...h, It's very difficalt question... I support some pro gun and anti gun opinion, but yet, i tend to anti gun, because i trust statistics. In USA crime more than any Еurope country

i am anti gun too.Because i saw a lot of people who had bad idea in their mind.They are very dangerous.It is very unreasonable to have gun.Some guys who i know want to have gun.They thought It shows them more handsome.But They don't know if they had a mind they didn't think like that.Anyway guys have question.I am from Turkey and A lot of Terrorists who catched by Turkish Soldier had Gun marked USA Why USA sell their creating guns terrorrist group ?

People kill using guns as an instrument of death. Seriously, guns brought about other potent and dangerous weapons the world has ever witnessed. Any way, gun acquisition and trafficking must be controlled. This will, at least to certain degree, reduce killing of innocent people.

I think gun control can reduce a crime specially in USA. If Britian's gun crime reached 35% in 2001-2002 and when they make gun control crime dropped from 35% to 3% USA can do the same to reduce crime for the safety of their people and their nation.

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I'm Anti-gun because, its works changed from hunting animals and birds to killing people and destroy houses and cities,
In my opinion, the worst invention in the history was the gun.
If there is no gun along, the peoples are able to discover many ways to protect themselves instead of gun using.
I will be so glad if i receive any corrections or feedback.

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I'm an anti-gun because if all citizens have the right to own gun , the crime rate would increase . Most of people when they got grumpy they can't control themselves so they will probly use gun without thinking

I am Anti Gun. Definitely I think the human being is not prepared to handle this. I come to this conclusión by what is sad and seen in the news, daily press.

I am anti gun . I think guns shoud be owned by duty people for example : polices, servicemen . If normal people have the right to own gun, it's easy to make a mistake with it. I do love this article.