By Miriam Rivas English 252 2/20/2013 Gun control can defined as assigning a legal restriction on arms to protect civil society. Roman law forbade military arms from crossing the Rubicon. This law would stay in effect until Julius Caesar broke. The English Bill of Rights along with the U.S. Constitution included provisions that would prevent the maintenance of standing armies. Parliament has always controlled the arms of English along with the crown. There were still high restrictions on arms by the government, mainly to ensure that they would be available for the common defense and out of the hands of unsafe individuals. An example of these restrictions was during the reign of Henry VIII. Gun restrictions were seldom the topic of Parliamentary debate in England. With more gun control there would be a significant amount of violence decreased, both direct and indirect. Without the ability to acquire a gun, direct violence that of relating to shootings, gangs, and robberies would lessen. Indirect violence. The government would be able to restrict the types of weapons that are available for purchasing. Gun control laws would lie within the state and local governments. The ‘Self-defense’ argument. The Second Amendment. Gun possession by individuals is extremely important. Gun ownership by both individuals and militias. Increased availability of guns to citizens… Thus, other things being equal, increased availability of guns to the general public should result in decreased violent crime. UNITED KINGDOM Has created stricter gun laws since the late 1960s’ Any privately owned guns… CANADA All firearms… Among the banned weapons… AUSTRALIA Gun ownership is allowed only… Gun ownership is naturally low in Australia’s cities. ISRAEL Nearly all gun ownership is forbidden. Those individuals who can obtain a gun license are… According to a 2007 report by the Swiss-based Small Arms Survey. Throughout the presentation I have given the history and illustrated the pros and cons of gun control. I have also compared the United States to other countries to see on a global view how certain gun control restrictions can make such an impact on a country. Masters, Jonathan. "U.S. Gun Policy: Global Comparisons." 21 December 2012. Council of Foreign Relations . 13 February 2013 <http://www.cfr.org/united-states/us-gunpolicy-global-comparisons/p29735?cid=ppc-Google_grantgun_policy_backgrounder&gclid=CKa2s8DRqLUCFQbZQg odTgcABQ#p2>.