Gun Rights

Guns don't kill people, people kill people

Gun control laws do not deter crime, gun ownership deters crime

A 2013 study found that between 1980 and 2009, assault weapon bans did not significantly affect murder rates at the state level, while states with restrictions on carrying concealed weapons had higher gun-related murders (ProCon).

Gun control laws will not prevent criminals from obtaining guns or breaking laws

Despite Chicago's ban on guns, in 2014 Chicago had 2,089 shooting victims with about 400 murders (ProCon). Approximately 50,000 guns were recovered by police from 2001 to 2012, guns came from all 50 states and more than half from outside of Illinois (ProCon).

Gun control laws infringe upon the right to self-defense and deny people a sense of safety

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," (ProCon). According to the NRA, guns are used for self-defense 2.5 million times a year (ProCon). A survey found that 79% of male gun owners and 80% of female gun owners said that owning a gun made them feel safer (ProCon).
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The Second Amendment of the US Constitution protects individual gun ownership

In June 26, 2008, the US Supreme Court majority opinion stated, "the Second Amendment is an individual right to posses a firearm unconnected with service in an militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home," (ProCon).