Felons of any crime shouldn’t own guns
By Jerrod Huber
October 8, 2010
Anyone who has been convicted of a felony is banned by federal law from ever possessing any firearm or ammunition. Specifically a person convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year cannot possess any firearm in any location. 18 USC 922(g). These gun laws were created for a reason, to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. People with felony convictions claim these laws are unfair taking into consideration the nature of their crime. A person with a felony stealing charge doesn’t deserve a gun anymore than a person convicted of murder. Allowing felons of white collar crimes to own guns would only create loop holes for the violent criminals to crawl through and legally obtain a firearm. There’s no way to balance the laws equally and be fair about it. Enforcing these laws is hard enough as it is and criminals will always be able to buy a gun where supply meets demand, but there’s no sense in making it easier for them. Most felons who have a gun illegally are more likely to carry and conceal. If they already have a felony conviction and own a gun illegally they don’t have much to lose. Some felony convicted criminals claim they want a gun to go deer hunting or competition skeet shooting, but how would anyone truly know that’s what they wanted it for. It’s something they should have considered before making bad decisions, and I don’t feel sorry for them. Nothing much can be done to stop a criminal from acquiring a gun, but the laws are there to protect the people. Criminals don’t care about a book full of statutes. They’re not concerned about the law. They may have to pay more for a gun, but it’s available and the higher prices create an incentive to steal more. Unfortunately, these laws are creating an artificial underclass of people in this country. Felons have a hard time finding a decent job. They can’t vote or defend their own lives as well as their families. They may even have problems renting a home considering most places do background checks these days. As far as the law is concerned, felons have handed over their civil rights forever, but only the criminal is to blame. These laws are great and serve a purpose for the common good shared by society. It’s impossible to monitor the type of felony committed when deciding what felony constitutes the right to bear arms. It may seem unfair to some and, in a sense, probably is. However, if felons are allowed to have guns after paying their debt to society, then terrorists are allowed to have bombs after serving their sentence.