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Polls Show Gun Control Becoming a More Prominent Idea in California

Source: www.siasat.pk
A recent article by Mercury News about a poll has shown that in California, a gun control initiative, placed by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsome, is leading by a two to one ratio in the wake of recent mass shootings.  

The initiative, also known as Proposition 63, would force people that purchase ammunition to go through background checks and also outlaw owning high capacity magazines. It also would force licensed vendors to report any ammunition theft that occured within 48 hours, make the theft a felony and create a new court process to make sure the firearms would be given up when a person is convicted of a serious crime.




60% of likely voters surveyed for the poll are in favor of the initiative while 30% are against it and the other 10% being undecided.  It is also said in the article that "Supporters of the gun control initiative applauded the poll results and said they’re proof of what newsom has been saying since he launched the safety for all campaign late last year: that voters deserve a chance to take on the gun lobby and endorse sensible rules that will make californians safer."

Study Finds That Nations with Stringent Gun Control Still Have High Crime Rates

Don B. Kates and Gary Mauser developed a study about answering the questions of whether banning firearms would reduce murder and suicide.  Through research, they compiled data that went into different aspects into what could contribute to such deaths including whether or not less guns leads to less crime.

source: http://www.law.harvard.edu



Data was collected from other nations and found that "nations with stringent gun controls tend to have much high murder rates than nations that allow guns." The gun policy of banning handguns seems to take into affect a different outcome than the actual intention of lowering the murder rate.



source: http://www.law.harvard.edu



They also looked at gun ownership in relations to murder rates and found that there can be no direct correlation between high gun ownership to high murder rates. Places with gun control policies still tend to have high murder rates compared to as places without gun control policies with lower murder rates.  The evidence shows more of the opposite affect taking place than the actually intention behind such laws.  



Even with gun control, murder rates seemed to remain a separate variable that cannot be correlated as a solution.  

Hilary Clinton Believes in More Strict Gun Control Policies in Which She Calls "Common Sense Gun Laws"

Clinton believes that "weapons of war have no place in our streets." According to CBS News, her preposition on gun policies  to expand background checks, close loopholes in existing gun control laws, and repeal immunity protections for the gun industry.

When it comes to expanding background checks, she wants to pass a legislation for a comprehensive background check that would include people that are domestic abusers or extremely mentally ill to not be able to purchase firearms.  This legislation would also not let people who are on the terror watch list to have access to firearms.  

Her plan to close loopholes includes closing the "Charleston Loophole" which allows the sales of guns to go without the need for a background check.  She would also close whats known as the "gun-show loophole" by requiring anyone that is involved in a high volume gun sales through gun shows or the internet to be held to the same standards as people who sell at gun stores.  

The immunity protection is related to the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act in which  it prevents victims of gun violence from "holding negligent manufacturers and dealers accountable for violence perpetrated with their guns." Repealing this law would hold more accountability for gun sellers and gun producers according to Clinton.  

Correlation Can be Made between Gun Control Laws and Effectiveness Despite Evidence

A study was done by Gary Kleck and E. Britt Patterson about the affects of gun control and gun ownership levels on violence rates.  They looked into the effects of gun prevalence on violence rates and reverse of violence rates on gun prevalence and also the effects of gun control on gun prevalence and violence rates.  

They also treated each as a single variable of just gun prevalence, violence rates, and gun control laws and looked into various data from all 170 cities in the united states and into the 19 major categories of firearm restrictions, both at the state and city level legislation.

In the end the results showed that gun prevalence levels have no overall positive effect on violence rates, crimes such as homicides, gun assault, and rape rates have increased gun prevalence, gun control restrictions have overall no affect on gun prevalence, and that most gun control restrictions have no effect on violence rates.  But they also concluded that "while the results are generally negative for the violence control effectiveness of gun control, the significance of the few supportive results should not be overlooked." and that "there is support for a gun control policy organized around gun owner licensing purchase permits."

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