DP# Wilson – Assignment Example
of the English of the Concerned 16 December Just Take Away their Guns- JQ Wilson Wilson’s criticism of gun control is partially valid. His assertion that legally purchased guns help citizens defend themselves is sound in the light of the statistics he presents. However, even legal purchase of guns needs to be brought within the ambit of legal accountability by subjecting it to measures such as background checks and verifications (Jacobs 120). This will assure that the law and order authorities do get to know the criminal history of any person, purchasing a gun. On the other side Wilson’s opposition to the National Rifle Association’s premise that people committing gun crimes should made to serve longer prison sentences is not in accordance with the theory of deterrence. Common sense does support the premise that if the criminals carrying guns do come to know that they may spend the rest of their life behind bars, in case they commit serious crime using those guns, this will positively deter them from committing crimes using the illegal weapons in their possession (Bouza 97).
2. The statement made by Wilson in paragraph 12 tends to be rather emotive and scarcely based on sound reason and logic. In fact, a significant number of people advocating gun control do not want to stop law abiding citizens from defending themselves by using weapons they purchased in a legal way. All they want is to make the purchase and ownership of guns more accountable and governed by such legal measures that assure that these guns no way get used for committing crimes.
Bouza, Chief Anthony V. How to Stop Crime. New York: Pienum Press, 1993. Print.
Jacobs, James B. Can Gun Control Work. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print.