IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample 582 - Individuals should not be allowed to carry guns

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Individuals should not be allowed to carry guns as it increases the crime and violence in the society.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.

Model Answer:
In many countries laws are quite flexible to let ordinary individuals carry firearms while in many other countries it is quite hard to get a license, even for a notable person, to own a gun. It is often said that when a state or country allows its citizens to carry weapons, the crime and violence rates increase there and I quite agree with this statement.

First, guns are meant to shot someone either to wound or kill him. Thus the very nature and objective of a gun is to kill a person and thus this deathly weapon can only increase the crime and violence in a society. To understand how the mass ownership of guns can increase the violence in a country we can compare a country like the USA, where carrying a gun is allowed, with a country like Japan, where it is restricted. In 2014, when the United States experienced over 18,000 gun-related homicides, Japan had only 14 and this is quite an alarming comparison that reveals how firearms ownership by mass people can increase violence in a country.

Second, researches indicate that owning and carrying a gun can psychologically affect our behaviours and thus people often commit crimes only because they have guns with them. Thus letting people carry guns puts others life in risk rather than ensuring safety. Accidental, psychological, and family violence gunshot wounds and death are quite high in many countries, especially where people can carry guns with them, and the only way to reduce such crime rate is to restrict the ownership of guns.

In conclusion, the only reason the authority would permit someone to carry a gun is to ensure safety of this person. However, the reality is quite contrary and allowing people to carry guns is actually letting criminals also won it. Thus there is no doubt that people in a country should not be allowed to carry firearms and restricting it would significantly decrease the crime and violence.

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+1 # Sukanya 2016-03-25 13:36
Essay Topic: Individuals should not be allowed to carry guns as it increases the crime and violence in the society.
To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Answer: Acquisition of weapons especially guns is a debatable issue. Many people believe that personal possession of gun should be banned as it increases the crime rate. This essay analyses some pros and cones of gun possession before reaching a logical conclusion and view of the writer.

On one hand, some people believe that carrying pistols with them will reduce the imminent danger in many cases. For instance while commuting the street after the evening shift, there is more chances for attacks by thieves. So they can protect the valuables from the wrongdoers if they carry guns. In addition, incidents of rape have increased nowadays and allowing females to keep guns with them will decline this heinous act and they can protect themselves. Moreover, criminals are afraid to attack a person if that person has a weapon. Therefore possessions of gun will in turn reduce the violence rate in so many ways.

On the other hand, accidental gunshot injury and related death occupy the headlines in news publications. For illustration murder of a 3 year of child by a 7 year old sibling while playing with a filled rifle was reported recently in India. If everybody has the freedom to acquire the gun it will surely raise the accidental shot death rate. Secondly, tendency to get involved in criminal act will increase while people have weapons with them. Without any second thought, people will shoot their opponent with their sudden anger if they have gun in their hand. So this group of thought believe that personal possession of gun should be controlled.

While considering both these views, I personally feels that individual acquisition of gun should be banned and for personal safety other measures such as strengthening the police force should be implemented.
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