Why Weapons Should Be Legal
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Why Weapons Should Be Legal

A June 2013 report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) states that “almost all weapons used in criminal acts are put into circulation through initial legal transactions.” [18] Between 2005 and 2010, 1.4 million firearms were stolen from U.S. homes as part of property crimes (including burglary and auto theft), an annual average of 232,400. [19] Ian Ayres, JD, PhD, and John J. Donohue, JD, PhD, Professor of Law at Yale Law School and Stanford Law School, respectively, explain: “Since firearms are a commodity that can be easily transported and sold quickly at a relatively high fraction of the original cost, the presence of more weapons can actually serve as an incentive for burglary and theft. Even if the owner of the firearm had permission to carry a hidden weapon and never used it to commit a crime, is it likely that the same can be said for the burglar who steals the gun? [20] The gun control debate in the United States has grown and diminished over the years, sparked by a series of mass shootings by armed men in civilian contexts. In particular, the murder of twenty schoolchildren in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012 sparked a new national debate on gun laws. However, a bill that would have banned semi-automatic assault weapons was defeated in the Senate despite widespread public support. About half of Americans (48%) now see gun violence as a very big problem in the country, according to an April 2021 Pew Research Center survey. That`s comparable to the like-minded proportion of the federal budget deficit (49%), violent crime (48%), illegal immigration (48%) and the coronavirus outbreak (47%). Only one issue is considered a major issue by a majority of Americans: health care affordability (56%). According to the United States Code, a “militia” includes all “able-bodied men who are at least 17 years of age.” under the age of 45 who have made or have made a declaration of intent to become citizens of the United States and U.S. citizens who are members of the National Guard.

[99] Therefore, the militia referred to in the Second Amendment would have been composed of almost all adult males, and most adult males should not be violated in their right to own firearms. [100] A federal law of 1792 required that any man eligible for militia service possess a weapon and ammunition fit for military service, report for frequent inspection of his weapons, and record his possession of weapons in public records. [101] Daniel J. Schultz, a lawyer, explained, “The framers [of the Constitution and Bill of Rights] understood that `well-regulated` militias—armed citizens willing to form well-trained, self-regulating, and disciplined militias—would not pose a threat to their fellow citizens, but would actually help to `provide peace of mind` and `provide a common defense.`” [100] In the wake of the tragedy, some analysts in the United States cited Breivik`s rampage as evidence that strict gun laws—which in Norway require applicants to be at least eighteen years old, state a “valid reason” for owning a firearm, and obtain a government license—are ineffective. “Those who are willing to break anti-murder laws don`t care about gun regulation and will get guns, whether legal or not,” Charles C. W. Cooke wrote in National Review. Other critics of gun control argued that if other Norwegians, including police, had been armed, Breivik could have been arrested sooner and fewer victims killed.

After the massacre, an independent commission recommended tightening Norwegian restrictions on firearms in various ways, including banning pistols and semi-automatic weapons, but no changes were made. The more than 100,000 people shot each year in the United States result in emergency room and hospital costs of nearly $3 billion. [163] A study published in the American Journal of Public Health estimated that hospitalization for firearm injuries cost Medicaid and Medicare $2.7 billion over nine years. [21] A study published in the American Journal of Public Health estimated that hospitalization for firearm injuries cost Medicaid and Medicare $2.7 billion over nine years. [22] 84% of people injured by firearms are uninsured, so taxpayers are responsible for most of these bills through programs like Medicaid. [23] [24] [25] [26] According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the cost of gun violence can include legal services, medical expenses, offender control, policing, detention, foster care, private security, loss of income and time, life insurance, productivity, tourism, and psychological costs (pain and suffering), inter alia. [25] The doubling of homicide rates was associated with a 12.5% decline in property values.

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