Jamie Scott Tina Smeby English Comp I December 10, 1999 Law Making and Enforcement There are new laws and regulations being made all the time in the United States these days. Politicians think that by making these new laws it will fix their current problems. This is the case right now with the problems they are having with gun control. These new laws do help and prevent a lot of crimes and accidents from happening. This is mainly because of the fear punishment will bring by getting caught. Thus justifying the increases in punishment that we are seeing in many areas in the justice system today. For the most part these new laws have largely helped in fighting crime. We have some of the lowest crime rates in the United States than we have seen in a very long time. And a big help in this was the making of the new and harsher laws. Though these new laws have helped fight crime and punish the people who commit these crimes. They have also punished the majority of the people in the United States who don't commit these crimes. They limit our freedom to do many of the things that have been looked on as just natural in the past. They have made it harder and more costly to own and buy guns, otherwise known as the Right to Bear Arms. This being one of the first principles that this government was established on. Other countries have already gone to worse laws than this; for example Australia's new law prohibits pump shotguns and semi-automatics from being owned. The new law compensated the people for the price of the gun, then has the gun taken away, melted down and destroyed. For the majority of the people that do own guns see the price or cost of the gun as not the main issue, many of these guns destroyed were the hand downs from as far back as great-grandfathers, that were handed down over the years and can have no price set on them. Many of these guns are like family heirlooms to the people who they were taken from. And if... [continues]
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