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Gun Control: The Harsh Reality

We see gun violence happen all too often these days. It seems just about every day or so we have another mass shooting in this country. We have become numb to seeing it on the evening news and yet no one has a good idea on how to stop these violent acts. Recently, some politicians have tried to pass meaningful gun legislation. Unfortunately, that fell short. Even though people believe that by having stricter gun laws it would be an infringement on peoples' Second Amendment rights. Even though countries, such as Australia, have had little to no gun related acts of violence since adopting these laws. With these laws in place, the number of gun related acts of violence would be lowered. It would also make it harder
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Unfortunately, all four bills failed to pass after not getting the 60% majority needed. Even though 92% of all American’s in an October poll conducted by CBS News found that people would favor stricter background checks on all gun buyers. In that same poll, it found that 87% of Republicans favor it as well. This showed more about the corruption in Washington than the politicians who want to make this country better.

One of the most prominent and most used piece of data used in the pro-gun control camp, is by looking at what Australia did with gun control. Remember the data presented earlier in this paper from the CDC. The death rate from firearms in the United States is 10.6 per 100,000 people. According to Reuters, the death rate in Australia from a firearm in 2014 is 0.54 per 100,000 people. To put that number in perspective. 89 people die every day from gun violence in the United States. Only 35 people have died as a result of gun violence in one year
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Miller. According to Cornell Law, in that case the defendant, Jack Miller filed a claim that the National Firearms Act was an unconstitutional violation of his Second Amendment rights. The National Firearms Act of 1934, prohibited the sale, ownership, use and transport of short barreled rifles or shotguns, and other destructive devices. Jack Miller had a shotgun with a barrel less than 18 inches long. The Supreme Court ruled in an 8-1 verdict that the Act was not unconstitutional and did not violate the Second Amendment. This case, like others like it can prove that gun control laws do not have to violate the Second Amendment.

Another point on the opposition to gun control is to arm people in various places to ensure a terrorist attack or mass shooting does not happen. That we need more good guys with guns to stop a bad guy with a gun. While this may be a valid point. There are no facts or statistics that can even justify that stance. You can scour the internet all you want, but the fact is that most sites that have these “statistics” are either blogs or conservative-themed websites. With unsteady footing on this idea. Using this in an argument would not get anyone very
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