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Argumentative Essay On Gun Control

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Gun control in the United States is a very controversial topic in today’s political society, leaving the nation divided into two sides with two strongly opinionated beliefs. This all started with the increase in the amount of mass shootings and an overall increase in gun violence. The two sides consist of the liberal point of view and the conservative point of view. The liberals believe that the availability of firearms to the people in the country is a major issue, and that the U.S. government is at fault for the mass shootings due to the lenient regulations on guns. In retaliation, the conservatives argue that having a gun is a God given right, that the Second Amendment of The Constitution. Although the availability of guns is seen to be…show more content…
has a sin tax on harmful substances such as cigarettes and alcohol, so why are there none on gun regulation? Putting a tax on the price of guns could potentially decrease the overall percentage of purchase of guns. In the U.S. simple regulated background checks are required by licensed firearm dealers, yet there is no mandatory check when exchanging a weapon privately, while in other countries such as Canada background checks are mandatory across all firearm exchanges and focus on the buyer's mental health and addiction history. The United States could learn how to keep citizens safer by examining other areas’ regulations. “California has America’s strictest gun laws. This means that prospective gun owners must hold a Firearms Safety Certificate, submit to a waiting period like in Canada, buy weapons only through licensed dealers, and possess only a ‘California legal’ gun that complies with restrictions on what can and cannot be sold inside the state.” (https://www.nationalobserver.com/2015/12/04/news/how-american-gun-deaths-and-gun-laws-compare-canadas). Compared to Canada’s gun laws these are seen as fairly lenient. According to the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, California is on the lower end of the spectrum when it comes to gun violence per capita, evidence shows that (as of 2014) California's death rate is 7.4 per 100,000 people, compared to a much smaller state with lenient gun
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