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By: Kaiden Cilento, Contributing Writer.

There have been individual states that have attempted to have absolute gun control laws. For example, back in 1976, Washington D.C. passed a law that banned regular citizens from owning guns, leaving only police officers to carry firearms.

For the people who already owned guns, they were allowed to keep them only if the guns were disassembled or trigger-locked. However, trigger locks were allowed to be removed if the owner had received permission from the D.C. Police, which was rare.

The gun ban did not go as smoothly as one would think. According to Prosecutor Jeffrey Shapiro, the annual homicide rate increased. In 1976, the number of annual murders in the United States was 188, but by 1988, they had risen to 364.

Unfortunately, it did not stop there, and by 1993, the rate increased to 454 murders. Since then, the gun ban was struck down by the Supreme Court in the District of Columbia v. Heller case.

Homicides steadily decreased after the gun ban ended to 88 yearly murders in 2012. Shapiro had admitted to there being other factors involved with the decline in homicides. It can clearly be seen that lifting the gun ban did not result in a rise in murders but instead a decrease in them.

Also, there was an enforcement of gun control to only those who legally obtain their guns. This is not completely beneficial being that not all firearms are legally purchased, according to The Daily Wire.

The Second Amendment in the Constitution states, “A wellregulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

That being said, all citizens have the right to possess and to carry their firearms with the proper licensing. Taking away guns is against the constitutional rights of the citizens.

Plus, it can be argued that by creating a more controlled gun policy, the types of mass killings would have to be more creative because not all killings are gun related. Gun control will possibly limit the number of mass shootings, but it will not stop all forms of violence or bloodshed.

There have been plenty of mass killings and acts of violence or discrimination in the past with no affiliation with guns.

A perfect example of this would be 9/ll. The first two planes struck both of the Twin Towers in the World Trade Center, a third hit the Pentagon and the fourth was downed in a field in Pennsylvania before it could reach its intended target in Washington D.C.

Another example would be one that occurred before the 9/11 attack. The single deadliest, non-natural disaster in American history occurred on November 18, 1978 in Guyana. The Peoples Temple cult leader Jim Jones ordered 912 men, women and children, who mostly were American, to drink grapeflavored Kool-Aid that had been laced with cyanide and Valium.

The point is that it does not matter how strict the gun control laws in a nation are. The strictness will not stop or decrease murder rates; people will just be smarter and more creative.

It will not be a cure for all the violence that occurs on a daily basis. These laws may cut back in the number of mass shootings but certainly not the number of murders or mass killings.