Roughly 106 people die in America daily due to gun violence. The numbers are astonishing and alarmingly dangerous. Daily, more than 360 people are shot but somehow manage to survive, many of whom can be traumatized for life. But pro-gun people claim that guns are necessary for any stabilized society, but their arguments are somehow flawed.
Some logical fallacies about gun control are that criminals will have guns even after imposing gun controls or that guns are necessary for defense purposes. Some state that many other things also kill people, so we should ban them too, and that many other illegal items are still prevalent everywhere, so there is no need to control guns.
Despite this, the arguments in favor of gun possession are rising, and instead of reforming the criminal justice system of the country, people are putting their money into having guns in their hands.
What are common logical fallacies in gun control arguments? Let’s debunk them one by one.
Criminals will still have guns even if they are outlawed
There is a common perception that criminals will still have access to guns even if they are outlawed. Pro-gun people believe that they need guns to defend their property and lives from bad guys who will get guns anyway.
However, this is far from the truth for many reasons, as there are many gun control arguments that make more sense. First, banning guns altogether will eliminate them from open markets; thus, accessibility will be reduced to a great extent.
The second and perhaps most important thing is the prices of guns in the black market would increase exponentially, and repeated studies have shown that an average shooter is less likely to purchase a gun if its price is being raised significantly.
As black markets will be the only way for criminals to buy guns, those people will have a tough time buying firearms due to the disturbance of the supply side.
Thus the increased prices will eventually contribute to lesser violence across the country.
We need guns for our defense
This is a narrative being funded by organizations like the National Rifle Association and similar right-wing groups, claiming that guns are necessary for self-defense. In fact, this is the only narrative in which conservatives believe that guns are necessary in a functional society. While many people claim that they know the pros and cons of gun control, they also establish that the need for self-defense overpowers all other narratives.
Instead of funding gun access, the long-term and most feasible way is to introduce police reforms so that the need for personal defense does not arise in the first place.
In fact, when shooters have less access to guns, the need for any self-defense decreases significantly. By introducing structural reforms by focusing on police training and their attitudes toward people of color, coupled with reducing access to guns, private self-defense practices can easily be redundant.
So investment in law enforcement agencies should be the primary focus of self-defense proponents who promote gun access otherwise.
Cars and knives can also kill people; they should be banned as well:
Many people claim that apart from guns, many other things also kill people, so they should be banned as well.
In fact, many GOP lawmakers established that planes were not banned after 9/11, so guns should not be banned after any massacre.
For instance, consider this statement from Republican Congresswoman Lauren Boebert,
“When 9/11 happened, we didn’t ban planes. We secured the cockpit.”
(Lauren Boebert while defending guns)
Certainly, cars and knives can also be used to kill people. In fact, car accidents are one of the leading causes of death in America.
But the logical fallacy here is that the primary objective of these items is not killing anyone. They can be used for a score of practices except killing.
Going by this logic literally, everything in the world can be used to kill someone else and banning each and every thing is never an option.
For instance, a person can be killed using a steel rod or even with a wooden chair, but these things have their own uses. However, looking toward guns, their primary objective is to kill or injure a human.
Only good guys with guns can stop bad guys with guns.
While justifying gun access, pro-gun advocates make this argument quite often. While this may seem true, the terms good guys and bad guys can be too subjective at times.
Just like the notion that a freedom fighter for one is a terrorist for others, a good guy for one can also be a bad guy for others.
Obviously, in the Ahmaud Arbery case, the guys with guns turned out not to be the good ones, as they ended up killing an innocent man. However, they were still perceived as heroes by rightists who tried hard to fund the pro-killers narrative.
The only solution to this is to agree on the terms of who is a “good guy” in the country. For that purpose, the end goal is to believe that the police are the only good guys out there, obviously, as long as they are working under the law. But it still does not mean that the armaments of the police should be increased, as it will eventually result in yet another wave of violence that happens daily.
Letting the governmental agencies be the good guy and leaving everyone alone can be a quick fix to neutralize killings.
What about the drug problem? They are illegal but still prevalent in America
Outlawing something does not mean that it will be eliminated completely from the country. The primary objective of regulation is to limit crime.
Idealism only exists on papers that wrap up guns or, let’s say, drugs will completely solve the problem. It is still better to have fewer cases of drugs instead of having them in every house, which would possibly be the case had the drugs been legal.
Having a gun is in accordance with the Second Amendment
Freedom of choice for one person ends when the lives of others are threatened, just as people cannot have machine guns at their homes, or no one can produce RDX commercially in the whole country.
The point of banning these things is simple; they are detrimental to other people’s lives, so this freedom of choice does not apply to their occupation. The same should stand true for guns as well.
Not banning guns will only be a chaotic situation. A recipe for disaster is to do the same things again and again while expecting different results.
Gun violence is here to stay should firearms not be regulated. The need to create a counter-narrative that goes against traditional beliefs is the core of challenging social evils to bring justice. Otherwise, the violence is here to stay indefinitely.
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