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Among the industrialized countries, the USA has taken a rather relaxed stand on gun control. Owning a gun in the country does not take much. This has led to formation of gun control groups aimed at fighting for the cause of weapon possession in order to make use of guns more restricted. A significant number of the country’s population own, or have access to a firearm. This raises the issue of security, especially since civilians can operate firearm with ease, risking the safety and lives of theirs in the community.
While there are the distinct and obvious disadvantages of owning firearms, there are some advantages, as well. For instance, one may feel more secure due to owning a gun. This way, they can protect themselves, their family and possessions. This is a rather psychological need that all humans tend to exercise. Those who choose guns as their weapons of protection should abide by the set guidelines of gun usage. A person is also able to exercise control and management skills by owning a firearm.
There are, however, many disadvantages. The most significant is the risk of causing harm to oneself or third parties by using the gun. A gun owner is likely to kill a person, either in self-defense or for another purpose. Households with guns are likely to have a higher suicide levels than those without guns. Also, children from these families are exposed to guns and violence at a young age.
The government should be more proactive in implementing gun control policies. They should also train people on gun usage and safety. Violators of gun rules should be punished strictly so as to serve as an example to others. Gun owners should follow gun safety rules strictly in order to avoid fatal consequences as well as punish undeserving people. By doing so, the level of deaths attributed to civilian guns will drop and security levels in the country will increase.
Among the industrialized countries, the USA has taken a rather relaxed stand on gun control. Owning a gun in the country does not take much. This has led to formation of gun control groups aimed at fighting for the cause of weapon possession in order to make use of guns more restricted. A significant number of the country’s population own, or have access to a firearm. This raises the issue of security, especially since civilians can operate firearm with ease, risking the safety and lives of theirs in the community.
While there are the distinct and obvious disadvantages of owning firearms, there are some advantages, as well. For instance, one may feel more secure due to owning a gun. This way, they can protect themselves, their family and possessions. This is a rather psychological need that all humans tend to exercise. Those who choose guns as their weapons of protection should abide by the set guidelines of gun usage. A person is also able to exercise control and management skills by owning a firearm.
There are, however, many disadvantages. The most significant is the risk of causing harm to oneself or third parties by using the gun. A gun owner is likely to kill a person, either in self-defense or for another purpose. Households with guns are likely to have a higher suicide levels than those without guns. Also, children from these families are exposed to guns and violence at a young age.
The government should be more proactive in implementing gun control policies. They should also train people on gun usage and safety. Violators of gun rules should be punished strictly so as to serve as an example to others. Gun owners should follow gun safety rules strictly in order to avoid fatal consequences as well as punish undeserving people. By doing so, the level of deaths attributed to civilian guns will drop and security levels in the country will increase.

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Running head: GUN CONTROL1Gun ControlMercedeh MehrabiSocial Psychology National University
 
GUN CONTROL2Gun ControlGun control refers to policies and measures that are put in place by the government tolimit the owning and usage of firearms. Different countries have taken different approaches tothis burning issue. The United States, for instance, has remained vaguely neutral on the matter.This is, however, not a matter to be taken lightly or swept under the rag.The right to bear arms in the United States is constitutionally protected. Opponents of thegun control agenda argue that it is fundamental to allow a person to own and operate firearms,and use it in case of an attack. Self-defense has become the scapegoat of people fighting to doaway with gun control. This poses many questions pertaining policy in the country. Questionsstill linger on whether gun control policies reduce or increase cases of violence in the country.This paper will seek to address the issue of gun control from a psychological viewpoint. It willaddress the negative and positive sides of gun control. In doing so, the paper will seek to analyzehow owning a gun is likely to affect a person’s behavior. Another pressing issue on the debateabout gun control is the legal age limit for firearms ownership. This paper will address this issue,as well.The level of gun ownership in the United States is alarming. It is estimated that there areroughly 300 million firearms in the country’s population. There are different factors thatinfluence the probability of a person owning a gun. Firstly, almost half of the households in thecountry own a firearm. Most guns are family property. Males are three times more likely to ownarms than women. Moreover, Caucasians are twice as likely to own arms in comparison to people from other racial groups. The issue of political affiliation also plays a significant role in
 
GUN CONTROL3the matter. It is common knowledge that Republicans are the key campaigners of gun ownership.Hence, a gun owner is more likely to be a Republican than a Democrat or Liberal.All these factors contribute to the alarming numbers of people having arms in thecountry. The ease of purchase is also alarming. One needs to have a clean record on criminalactivities and enough money to pay for a firearm. This way, anybody wanting to possess afirearm in the country can do so. Once a person has undergone a background check on gunsafety, owning a gun becomes as easy as owning a mobile phone.What is the right age for a person to own a firearm? This question has raised heateddebates between warring groups. From a psychological point of view, people achieve fullemotional maturity at different stages in their lives. Some 20-year-old people are emotionallymature. Others die before they can achieve this goal. A person, who is emotionally immature, nomatter what age, should not be allowed to own a gun. This is because such a person is rarely ableto control his or her feelings. If exposed to a gun, they are likely to use it for the wrong purpose.Since it is hard to measure a person’s emotional maturity accurately, it is extremely difficult todetermine the right age for a person to own a firearm. What is, however, clear is that childrenand teenagers should not own or use any weapon (Marvell, 2003).Just like any element of nature, gun ownership and gun control have their pros and cons.The first advantage of owning a gun is self-defense. In case a person is attacked, they can usetheir gun to either scare or kill the attacker. This is the core argument of gun supporters. Thishypothesis has proven to be effective, especially in cases of home invasions. There are, however,a few psychological issues that are raised by the self-defense argument. The first is the issue of living with one’s conscience after killing in self-defense. Killing itself takes a toll on the

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