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A Short Summary On Gun Violence

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Ian Connolly
Mrs. Maiese
Accelerated English 9
5 October 2015
Thoughts and Prayers Won’t End Gun Violence
On October 1, 2015, members of Congress and presidential candidates tweeted their “thoughts and prayers” for the victims and their families of yet another mass shooting in the United States. This may soothe their consciences but, as President Obama pointed out immediately following the tragedy, “It does nothing to prevent this carnage from being inflicted somewhere else in America.” Considering the frequency of gun violence, words of sympathy from politicians who are not working to pass gun control reform are meaningless and insulting to the American people.
Statistics show the horrible consequences of the country’s ineffective gun laws.
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Critics worry that new gun control regulations, no matter how minor, will lead to stricter laws leaving law-abiding citizens defenseless against criminals with illegally obtained guns. As Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association maintains, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
Despite the use of fear tactics by powerful lobbyists to prevent stronger gun control laws, no one is proposing to outlaw gun ownership. The goal of gun control reform is to regulate guns similar to how the government regulates car safety standards, building construction, prescription medicine, and other things that could be dangerous to the public. Also, statistics show that gun ownership does not deter crime as argued by the N.R.A. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, states with more guns have more gun related deaths and states with stricter gun control laws have less violent
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According to The Brady Campaign to Prevent Violence, the gun homicide rate per person in the United States is 20 times higher than the combined rate of 22 countries with similar wealth and population. In 2013, there were 9,484 gun-related deaths in the United States but only 200 in Canada, 194 in Germany, 35 in Australia, and 39 in England and Wales. This proves that tougher gun control laws can reduce the number of people murdered.
Most Americans, including legal gun owners, agree that criminals and the mentally ill should not be able to buy guns. According to the Pew Research Center, 85% of Americans support tougher background checks. This includes 88% of Democrats and 79% of Republicans. However, despite this support, 40% of guns are purchased at trade shows or off the Internet without a background check according to The Brady Campaign to Prevent Violence. This allows millions of guns to be sold every year with “no questions
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