In the recent past, the issue of guns abuse has remained one of the hottest areas of debates not only in the U.S. but also across other parts of the globe. Saletan (2013) argues that, while guns are primarily used to maintain peace and order or for self-defense in some instances, they have instead been premeditatedly employed to cause disorder and violence, resulting into senseless loss of many lives. For instances, in 2011, Anders Behring from Norway shot and injured above 69 people in several attacks including the island of Utøya. In 2012, Adam Lanza, 20 years of age, shot six adult and twenty children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a factor which has forced the U.S. President, Barrack Obama to set a task force to come up with laws which will help and reduce the cases of gun violence in the country (Saletan , 2013).
However, to most of the people who oppose the efforts of the U.S. Government to control violent use of gun, they have recited the popular phrase that “guns do not kill people people kill people” (Boomer, 2013). However, in my opinion, I conquer with the “Weapons Effect” hypothesis, suggesting that guns have the ability to physiologically control people, thus making them to turn violent (Gallant and Eisen, 2002). For instance, with increased number of violent video games such as Grand Theft Auto III in the market, it is clear that, accessibility of guns will easily transform law-abiding citizens into murders (Gallant and Eisen, 2002). Further, for those who own guns for self-defense, there is the need to ensure that, there is a reasonable necessity aimed at repelling a possible aggression directed to them. Although, total bans on use of guns do not mean disarming all private citizens, there is the urgent need for governments to educate the society on the importance of proper use of guns at all times, thus resulting to a peaceful coexistence (Gallant and Eisen, 2002).
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