Gun Control And Mass Shootings In The United States

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In the United States, mass shootings are unfortunately more common than anywhere else in the world. Since June 12 2016, when a mass shooting took place at an Orlando nightclub, to October 1st 2017, when the Las Vegas music festival shooting took place; Between that time period, there was 477 days, and 521 mass shootings. America has roughly 5% of the world's population, but holds 31% of the world's mass shootings. A mass shooting is defined as four or more people injured or killed in a single event at the same time and location. There are a multitude of reasons why America has the most mass shootings, ranging from access to firearms, the media, and supposed mental illness allegations. Gun control is a controversial topic in the United States. There are those who are for gun control laws, making it harder to obtain firearms. Then there are citizens who do not want any extra barriers on owning or obtaining guns. Examples from around the world may indicate that having more gun control may decrease mass shootings. Australia has a famous gun control policy in place. In April 1996, the so called Port Arthur Massacre occurred in Australia, killing 35 people. In response to this tragedy, Australia passed the National Firearms Agreement and Buyback Program, or NFA. The law included a ban on many types of semi automatic pistols, rifles, and self loading shotguns. When trying to purchase a gun, each firearm had a 28 day waiting period. Australia had also created a registration

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