Gun Laws Introduction: On December 14th 2012, a young teenager named Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School, shot and killed 20 first-grade children and 6 teachers before taking his own life. Adam Lanza’s mother was found to be dead with 4 gunshot wounds in the head on the same day. The tragic and devastating incident had once again raised the debate about gun control in the United States of America. Although many American citizens have been demanding stricter gun laws ever since (not just the recent Sandy Hook incident but many mass shootings before), the gun enthusiasts and the National Rifle Association (NRA) as well as the humongous gun companies are still putting pressure on the government, making it harder for the president to establish new gun control. President Obama has even stated himself that America was the only countries without adequate gun-safety law. He also emphasized that it was upsetting for him for not being able to resolve the issue and that he would not stop until he set up better gun laws. This essay will argue why it is important to establish better gun laws in USA. It is clear that more guns leads to more deaths. A research conducted by Harvard Injury Control Research Center shows that where there are more guns, there is a high risk of homicide across states in USA (assault, robbery, quarrel…). Moreover, the mortality rate related to firearm accident in 4 states with the most guns are 4 times higher than 4 states with the fewest guns
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There is presently much controversy regarding the U.S. and its position concerning gun control. With recent events such as the Newtown, Connecticut (a mass shooting involving 29 persons shot dead) dominating media devices, the public has become agitated concerning gun laws. The fact that these legislations provided an environment where guns can be used by a series of controversial individuals triggered alarm and influenced the masses to lobby with regard to reform. Even though gun control is especially important when considering conditions in the contemporary U.S., it is also significant for the authorities to acknowledge that guns are an active part of society and that people who meet a series of requirements associated with gun ownership need to have access to weapons.
Gun control is the set of laws or policies that regulate the sale, manufacture, transfer, possession, modification, and/or use of firearms by civilians. Are the United States’ current laws for gun control effective? Is the U.S. in need of reform or enactment of new laws? Alarming statistics indicate that the status quo is ineffective. Gun control laws in the US should be stricter and uniform since there are an unusually high quantity of gun-related incidents in the U.S.. Additionally, countries that have more rigorous gun control are shown to have drastically lower gun-related death rates. Through stricter gun control, we may protect the country and its future generations from people who should not be able to obtain firearms.
What could be done to reduce gun violence in the United States, by comparing gun control laws with other countries to see weather or not gun laws are effective? I feel comparing gun control laws between other countries to see how their laws are in effect with lowering gun violence, so we could get a better understanding on what we could do as a country to help reduce gun violence or to see if gun control is even affective.
In America, mass shootings are increasing every year. “According to the Brady Campaign, 31 Americans are murdered with guns every day on average.” (Kelly) “On average, every day, 55 people kill themselves using a firearm and 46 people are shot, or killed, with a gun by accident.” (Kelly) “Nine out of ten Americans agree that we should have background checks nationwide.” (Kelly) “Right now, our current background check system only applies to about 60% of gun sales which mean 40% don’t do background checks.” (Kelly) “About 270 million firearms are owned by Americans, which would be about 90 guns for every 100 people (Smart Gun Laws).” Guns are getting in the hands of mentally ill people and children which just isn’t very safe.
In the past half decade, there has been a rise in violence not only in the State of Indiana, but nationwide as well. The violence has been anywhere from mass school shootings that have devastated the nation to murders that have led to huge racial debates. The school shootings have even been close to home, including the Purdue University incident. Although gun control may help lower the percentage of violent acts, criminals will still be able to obtain guns through the black market. With the black market being more accessible to criminals, gun control could make it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to defend themselves. Also, with restrictions on owning firearms, it could make the citizens feel less safe. Whether it’s considering making a gun harder to obtain through a more rigorous background check or limiting the amount of ammunition one is allowed to buy at one time, the law-abiding citizens still have a right to own a firearm.
Abstract This paper will explore and expose the gun control effects and actions in the United States of America. It will also explain the results of gun control over a decade and show a report of the research the author conducted through a few academic: articles, research, and statistics. The paper will also suggest a solution to compromise both opposing gun control and favoring gun control. The Causes and Effects of Gun Control in the United States The United States has been a gun culture country since the day the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776. After many decades, gun ownership had rapidly increased, and many lives have been saved with a gun. An American citizen can legally purchase a handgun at age twenty-one and
Many people in the United States believe that ¨ [They] need a president who will stand up for the rights of hunters, sportsmen, and those seeking to protect their homes and their families¨ (Romney). America needs somebody to stand up their Constitutional rights rather than disregarding them. United States citizens need to be allowed to use weapons, so long as they can control usage and know how to properly. Although some people believe guns are used for nefarious purposes, it is clear that guns in the United States should not be banned because of rising gun safety, the minute amount of illegal weapons, and the symbolic right to posses firearms.
Access to guns in the United States (US) is too easy and the laws governing access should be strengthened. Current US gun laws are very permissive, which has led to excessive gun-related violence and deaths. Guns are one of the leading causes of violence in the US at the moment, and access to guns (legally and illegally) is very easy. Currently, there are ~211 million firearms in circulation and 70 million are handguns. (1) Today, there is at least one gun in fifty-percent of households in the United States. In 24 states, any person who is 18 years of age or older can go into a gun store, fill out a form, wait a couple of weeks and then go home with a gun. In 33 states, gun owners are not restricted from selling guns to anyone at gun
Our opponents believe that gun control should be enforced tighter by the government. They are influenced by many different depictions of guns whether it be the media after a shooting or in music that glorifies gun violence. What our opponents cease to acknowledge however, is that gun control laws do not do much to cause these occurrences to cease. While the laws can make it harder to acquire, transport, and use guns, the laws will always fail to stop the true reason for their existence; to stop crimes committed with guns. Unfortunately for America and gun control supporters, gun crime is very common in the United States and is actually gaining popularity.
The Constitution was written from May 25th through September 17th, 1787, the day it was signed. Originally the Constitution was made up of ten amendments, but as of 2011 there are now twenty-seven, all of which have been ratified and added into the Bill of Rights. Each amendment has had its fair share of interrogation, and currently the Constitution’s validity is being questioned due to the fact that the writers of the Constitution were all men and slave owners at that. Though today, with the rising amount of shootings, the Second Amendment has been front and center in the media. The Second Amendment directly states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” But the Second Amendment is up for different interpretations to everybody, regardless of the last four words of the amendment, “shall not be infringed.”
With the presidential elections coming up, people are choosing a president who will help the United States of America and improve all of our lives. There are many things the future president will have to fix and improve, most of those things have little impact on the citizens of the US. There are, however, a handful of issues that can have a major impact on our lives, and deciding what will happen to those issues is crucial. The major issues involve having tougher gun laws, which can really make a difference. With weak gun laws, people’s safety is at risk.
Should there be gun control laws either on state and federal level? According to the National Crime Victimization Survey, 467,321 people were victims of a crime committed with a firearm in 2011. Americans nowadays are faced with constant terror in the streets, teen-age gang members are constantly shooting other gang members for “turf” to sell drugs or show their power to rival gangs, children are more than likely to be caught in the crossfire of gang related shootings or drive-by shootings. We can’t ignore these crimes and the damage it has done to our society in a whole. However, the effort by some individuals to eliminate the legal ownership of firearms does not address the real problem we face, and by doing away with the banning of
People often look at the Second Amendment created by the Founding Fathers incorrectly, they made the amendment so that the armed population could battle against the United States Government. Many Americans nowadays look at the amendment and believe it guarantees an individual right to bear arms, but what the amendment was really made for was to protect gun ownership for members of military duties and collective security purposes. Did you know that guns kill an average of 36 people everyday in the United States alone? The United States is the country with the highest rate of civilian gun ownership in the world. Guns should be banned for every single human being on this earth that is not part of military duties and collective security. If guns were illegal for every other person, crime rate would be decreased excessively.
You are walking down the street at night and you feel a gun on your back. The person is asking for your money, but you do not have any. In addition, your gun, which you use for protection, has been taken away due to the new gun laws and you are left defenseless. This situation is not uncommon and while many people believe that guns are harmful, they also help save a lot of lives. Guns should not be banned in the United States since the Constitution states that citizens have the right to bear arms, citizens use guns in self-defense, and banning guns will not prevent gun violence.
On December 14, 2012, a 20-year-old white male named Adam Lanza armed with a Bushmaster 223 assault rifle and a Glock 10mm handgun entered the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. He proceeded to kill 20 children, 7 adults and then took his own life. Similar horrific acts of violence and mass shooting have become the norm in today’s society. The moment one occurs it becomes the only topic of discussion in the news and in politics. Followed by political rhetoric on gun control with no tangible results. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), “in 2014 11,008 persons died from firearm homicides” (CDC, n.d.). Homicide are a small figure in the overall estimated amount of violent crimes committed with firearms. The constant bombardment of inflammatory news and ineffective regulations contribute to the continues cycle of violence and increases sales of firearms. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Notes that, “In 2015, an estimated 1,197,704 violent crimes occurred nationwide, an increase of 3.9 percent from the 2014 estimate.” (FBI, 2015). As long as criminals have access to firearms citizens will always have a reason to arm themselves.