Statesshould not Allow Gun Registration
Statesshould not Allow Gun Registration
Gunregistration has become a controversial issue where one camp suggeststhat registration will reduce the gun-related crime rate, while theother one argues against this claim. Studies have shown that suicidalindividuals (such as Roszko James, the police killer), whose legalaccess to guns was removed, obtained an illegal access to guns(Clare, 2010). This confirms that the registration of guns with theaim of reducing crime is an exercise in futility. In my view, the gunregistration law is an unnecessary bureaucracy that is aimed atreducing the ease of owning guns.
Gunregistration law has no effect on the rate of violent crime, but theyare only designed to discourage people from owning guns. Based onthis perspective, gun registration is unconstitutional since itviolates the right Americans to bear and keep arms as stipulated inthe second amendment (Johnson, 2014). The gun registration lawsrequire all gun owners to record their firearms with law enforcementagency, which is a lengthy procedure that has not proven to beeffective in controlling crime (Bureau of Security and InvestigativeServices, 2014).
Itis evident that the maturity of the U.S. population has beenincreasing with time, which means that allowing the responsiblecitizens to manage their affairs is more important than introducingunnecessary bureaucracy. Study shows that the population of thepost-war baby boomers, which is more likely to commit gun-relatedcrimes have been reducing steadily (Clare, 2010). This implies thatthe U.S. population will continually become less violent, implyingthat gun registration will be unnecessary.
Gunregistration is an expensive process, both on the part of citizenswilling to own guns and the state governments. An applicant pays $ 80as an application fee, $ 38 for the gun eligibility application, $ 32for processing fingerprints by the Department of Justice, $ 17 forprocessing of fingerprints by FBI (Center for the prevention of gunviolence, 2012). This confirms that the gun registration is anexpensive process that will block many people from owning guns forlegitimate purposes.
Inconclusion, states should not allow gun registration because it is anunnecessary process that neither benefits the government nor thecitizens. Currently, there is no empirical evidence to support themyth that gun registration reduces crime in the society. In addition,there is a high likelihood that the American population will matureand conduct its affairs without the need for unnecessarybureaucracies. Moreover, the gun registration laws will increase thecost of gun ownership, which will in turn deny Americans anopportunity to possess and use guns even for legitimate purposes.
State should not allow gun registration
Attention grabber: Allowing the gun registration laws to operate means that you will be required to pay for application fee, eligibility application charges, and fingerprint process fees for a gun you have owned and used legitimately for years. If you have been in the possession of the gun in the past without misusing it, what would then be the need for bureaucracy related to the gun registration?
Thesis statement: Some states are considering allowing gun registration as a means of controlling the rate of gun-related crime rate. My argument will show that gun registration is an ineffective way of crime control, therefore, an unnecessary bureaucracy.
Proposition: States should not allow gun registration.
Main clam: The majority of the American people have possessed of guns for years, but they have never used them to commit crime in spite of the fact that they have not registered with the government agency.
Sub-claim 1: Gun registration is unconstitutional since it violates the right Americans to bear and keep arms as stipulated in the second amendment (Johnson, 2014).
Sub-claim 2: The U.S. population will continually become less violent, implying that gun registration will be unnecessary (Clare, 2010).
Sub-claim 3: Gun registration is an expensive process that will block many people from owning guns for legitimate purposes (Bureau of Security and Investigative Services, 2014).
Conclusion: Gun registration in an unnecessary bureaucracy that will prevent Americans from accessing and using guns, even for legitimate purposes.
Bureauof Security and Investigative Services (2014). Firearmrequirements fact sheet.West Sacramento, CA: Bureau of Security and Investigative Services.
Centerfor prevention of gun violence (2012). Registrationof firearms policy summary.San Francisco, CA: Center for prevention of gun violence.
Clare,S. (2010). Prosand cons of gun registry.Toronto: Post-media Incorporation.
Johnson,F. (2014). Whygun control can’t eliminate gun violence.Washington, DC: National Journal Group Incorporation.