Arguments against gun control are quite varied. In the United States, the issue of regulating weapons is hardly as black or white as the extremes of the political spectrum would have us believe. Like all major social issues, there are a number of variables in the gun control debate. Some people take a stand on ethical or ideological grounds; others (generally in the firearms industry) stand on grounds of profit. Most elected officials are in it to pander for the political points, and the majority of their supporters seem quite happy to decide now and get informed later.
Both sides have their extremists and more moderate supporters. Why are people against gun control? Every argument has two sides, and this list of pro gun facts is one of them.
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A Person Bent On Committing A Shooting Doesn't Care About "Gun-Free Zones"
While it is true that gun-free zones can keep law-abiding citizens from overreacting and turning simple altercations into lethal shootouts, a person bent on committing a mass shooting can be counted on to seek out soft targets – i.e., places where guns aren't allowed. For that reason, gun control in the form of gun-free zones can facilitate gun violence by leaving law-abiding citizens exposed.
Self-Defense Is A Basic Right
Whether you want to see it as a "God-given right" or simply the prerogative of every living creature, the right to defend oneself and one's household is as inalienable as rights come; it's what the Second Amendment to the Constitution was created to protect. Adequate self-defense means ownership of the means that may be used against you, and US law confirms this.
The Bad Guys Already Have Guns
In 2015, the US reached a point where there were more guns in the country than people. Statistics on ownership of these guns are unreliable and mostly unavailable, so it's impossible to know how many of these guns are legally owned and how many are illegally possessed. If a person intent on doing harm wants to get a gun, they either have one already, or can easily get one.
Gun Ownership Is Protected By The Constitution
The right to private gun ownership is enshrined in the Second Amendment to the Constitution, and it has been since the ratification of the Bill of Rights in 1791. Interpretations of the Amendment have varied over time, with little attention paid to it at the state level until well into the 20th century.