A Voice Of The Voiceless : More Rational Gun Control For The Good Of Society

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A Voice for the Voiceless: More Rational Gun Control for the Good of Society
By Peter Shirley
On April 20, 1999, two troubled Colorado teenagers armed with illegally-obtained firearms walked into their suburban high school, Columbine. Over the next forty-five minutes, the pair would murder thirteen of their classmates and teachers and injure twenty-four more before finally killing themselves. Instead of this being the call to action on violent gun crime that many hailed it as, over the next fifteen years these shootings continued. A recent article found that between 2010 the United States had as many school shooting with multiple victims as the next thirty-five countries put together (Foxman).
Gun control is the "government regulation of the manufacture, sale, and possession of firearms" (Legal Dictionary), and it is clear that the American approach to it is simply not working. A variety of loopholes exist that allow guns to wind up in the hands of those not qualified or permitted to use them. The scope and severity of gun violence in the United States is extreme. There are more guns per capita than anywhere else, and high amounts of both gun crime and murder per person. The extent of government varies country by country, and, in comparison to every other high-income, Western state, it is clear that the American approach to gun control and the various loopholes and workarounds that it provides leads to both higher levels of gun violence and greater levels of violence in

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