Gun Control vs. Gun Rights

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Running Head: GUN CONTROL VS. GUN RIGHTS

Gun Control vs. Gun Rights
By
Robert Marlow

For

CJ 450 Senior Seminar

Dr. Michael Eskey

Park University
September 2009

Abstract
Gun control and gun rights have been an issue that has been debated for decades. Whenever there has been a mass shooting of any magnitude, it seems that the debate heats up even more. Consideration must be given as to what the benefits are of these gun control laws. Gun control laws must also be written as to not violate the Second Amendment of the Constitution as well. There have been many studies accomplished to determine if gun control laws actually do reduce the amount of violent crimes. These studies have discovered that there is no link between gun control laws and violent crime reduction. Even though most individuals have their different views on gun control, most seem to believe that the current laws do not have an effect on violent crimes. The hypothesis of gun control does not have an effect of reducing violent crimes was tested and the hypothesis is supported by the data collected within this thesis. The data used was collected from studies by other individuals, a survey of the public opinion, and other statistics recorded from previous years of violent crimes.

APPROVAL
of thesis submitted by
Robert Marlow

This thesis has been read by Dr. Michael T. Eskey, Associate Professor-Criminal Justice, and has been found to be satisfactory regarding content, English usage, format, citations, bibliographical style, and consistency. Successful completion of the thesis is part of Park University’s graduation requirements in order to obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Law Enforcement.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Abstractii
CHAPTER I INTRODUCTION1
CHAPTER 2 REVIEW OF LITERATURE………………………………………………3
History of Gun Control………………………………………..…12
Pros and Cons of Gun Control………………………………..….13
Is a Level of Gun Control Necessary…………………..………...14 CHAPTER 3 METHODOLOGY…………………………………………………..……15 CHAPTER 4 RESULTS
Public Opinion Survey…………………………………..……….17
Results of Studies…………………………………………..…….19
Crime Rates Comparison……………………………..………….19 CHAPTER 5 DISCUSSION…………………………………………………………….20 CHAPTER 6 CONCLUSION..…………………………..……………...………………22 CHAPTER 7 BIBLIOGRAPHY…………………………….……………………..……24 CHAPTER 8 APPENDIX A

Public Opinion Survey………………………………………...…29

CHAPTER I

INTRODUCTION
Gun control and gun rights have always been a debate that has been present in our country for many years. This debate will more than likely be continued in the future. Each time there is violent crime or a massive shooting such as the D.C. Sniper, or the Virginia Tech shooting, fuel is added to the already heated debate. There are really only two sides to this debate and they are for gun control, and against gun control. The individual for gun control believes that when guns are removed from circulation, streets are made to be much safer. The individual for gun control believes that a gun in the home can and should be used as self defense and as a deterrent of crime. These individuals feel very strongly about their Second Amendment Right to bear arms. When America was in the early stages of becoming a great nation, the fathers wanted to protect against infringement of individual rights. In order for this to happen, they had to first realize that there had to be a way for the original Constitution to change and grow along side America’s growth. The idea of Amendments was founded and would soon be added as the years of America continued. A few years after the adoption of the Constitution, the first set of Amendments were placed in the Constitution. These were to be known as our Bill of Rights and would further protect us from the...
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