Ethical & Critical Thinking
Critical Paper-Gun Control
Gun control is government regulation on the manufacture, sale, and possession of firearms. As a heavily debated and very controversial matter, many advocates undoubtedly have different opinions. In the forthcoming paragraphs, I will discuss those differing opinions. Presented from two separate articles, the opinions discussed will be those of two different authors who have their own viewpoint as to why gun control is or isn’t necessary. In Russ Thurman’s article, “Guns up. Crime down. Anti-gun mum.” he discusses how anti-gun advocates have had nothing to say about facts revealing that with more people owning guns, crime rates have gotten lower. (“During the past six months, studies have shown that while gun ownership is at an all-time high, violent crime is at a 30 year low…”) The article is clearly structured and easy to read. Although wanting to prove a point to anti-gun and pro-gun control advocates, Mr. Thurman avoids the use of slang, jargon, angry words or vagueness. Nor does he appear to “lash out” at the other side. He simply states straight to the point facts with clear and valid evidence. He denounces anti-gun and pro-gun control advocates theme-“guns equal crime”-with supportive evidence. Drawing statistics from The National Academy of Sciences, the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Justice, Mr. Thurman proves wrong, a high belief of pro-gun control advocates, that government restrictions on firearms reduces gun violence. He found that studies done by the Centers of Disease Control show that there is no meaningful proof that gun control efforts have any affect on crime control. In addition, he goes on to prove that those restrictions also do not reduce gun crime, gun violence or gun accidents.
If my research is correct, I believe Mr. Thurman’s influence comes from being ex-military and having experienced a war. The same is said for his perception on the...
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