Gun Control Issues
The issue of gun control seems to be an ongoing issue that has now become a major topic in news media once again due to the tragic incident that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School just a few months ago. With dust now being blown off the topic, debates continue to ensue both politically and socially in regards to what exactly is the best for our country. Are the stricter laws now being overlooked really the best for our country, or are armed civilians going to be what helps these occurrences cease and prove to be less fatal? Although President Obama only hopes to benefit the American people by implementing these laws, it seems after looking over statistics it may not be the most beneficial approach.
Victimization occurs every day to everyone. As people, we are taken advantage of constantly in every manner. Crime Victims written by Andrew Karmen describes victimization as being “an asymmetrical interpersonal relationship that is abusive, painful, destructive, parasitical, and unfair”. Although this is true, not all forms of this, such as being overcharged for an item at a store, are illegal. When you begin to focus on the illegal aspects of victimization, you find yourself glancing at victimology. Karmen describes this as being “the scientific study of the physical, emotional, and financial harm people suffer due to their illegal activities”. Investigating victimology further, the victims’ plight is overlooked, which is narrowing down the impact of the injuries or loss that the victim underwent while the offender committed the crime (Karmen, 2012). With this considered, it is difficult to overlook the sense of defenselessness that comes from crime and the people it affects. Guns seem to solve this issue of helplessness that occurs during crimes. If you know that you have the ability to prevent a causality hooked onto your belt, chances are you will only benefit from it.
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