For example, during a year when over 5,000 teens and children died from gun wounds in the USA, in Great Britain, where gun ownership is very restricted, 19 teens and children died from gun wounds.
By the year 2003, it is expected that firearms will cause the most injury-related deaths in the United States, surpassing even automobile accidents. Poll after poll have revealed that most Americans favor stricter gun control laws. Five recent suburban school shootings have demonstrated that when guns and kids mix, tragedy results. Yet gun control legislation remains at a standstill.
I am astonished how Chicago implemented tough gun laws and the results were devastating. I expected the gun laws to attain more civil order and decreased the violence within the state. I do not understand how gun violence increased in Chicago and not in other states, where those other states did not bothered implementing strict gun laws. Were people upset overall, causing to increased violence in Chicago? I thought order equals control in society, however, this is not the case for Chicago. This certainly makes me tense up and apprehensive because if gun regulations did not work. Then what are the next steps towards the government decreasing gun violence within the United States? Gun violence has always will be issue, but now we are finally
As the production of firearms has grown to become a multibillion dollar industry, the exposure the public has had to firearms has also increased accordingly. Because more and more individuals have chosen to own guns, the amount of innocents that have been killed has consequently climbed. In the United States, since 1.69 million kids age 18 and under are living in households
Gun control is certainly an issue that most Americans have been exposed to. In 1989, 11,832 Americans died weapons. Members of the National Rifle Association (NRA) believe it is their constitutional right to own guns, stating that guns are not the root cause of crime in the United States. Gun control activists and members of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) argue that guns are responsible for the majority of violent crimes that take place. They want to instill many kinds of prohibitions and waiting periods in firearms, so it is almost impossible to obtain a firearm. In fact, in 1993 the Brady Law, which requires a waiting period in the purchase of firearms, was approved. Their arguments range from protecting children say that guns
In 2015, 13,367 people lost their lives due to gun violence according to Gun Violence Archive. The Archive also states that out of that number, 693 were children from ages 0-11. We can all agree that there is indeed a problem that we have to address. The solution to that problem, however, has been debated by many. I believe the solution to this problem exists in three parts: Mandatory training and licensing along with more heavily secure gun storage, stricter regulations on the purchasing of a firearm—disabilities and criminal records should be more deeply looked into before transaction—and finally, equipping teachers at highs schools with the right kind of weaponry to prevent mass shootings.
2 of the 5 deadliest mass shootings in modern American history have happened this year. The United States constitution ensures that every citizen has the right to firearms, the question at hand however is to what extent these firearms can be regulated or where should the government draw the line to ensure that the safety of American citizens is prioritized? There comes a point where sending thoughts and prayers just isn’t enough anymore. However, one thing is for certain: something must be done. Guns should be strictly regulated to reduce gun deaths, threat of mass shootings and to be completely true to the promises of the constitution.
You walk through the door, after a long day and you see your six year old son holding a gun that you thought you stored , and your toddler is on the floor with blood gushing out of his body. Your son now scarred, and precious daughter now dying, it’s too late too late to think ‘What could I have done to prevent this’. 48 children and teens are killed either accidentally, in a suicide, or in a homicide every day in America (one person every 30 minutes.) Unintentional gun deaths and suicide are among the top ten of the leading causes of teenage deaths in America (CDC, 2015). Any incident of gun violence involving an underage shooter, is an accident.
Gun violence has existed in the United States for many years, and it continues to worsen each year. President Obama plans to close gun show loopholes to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. Obama’s plan fits the need to significantly reduce gun violence, there is no way to effectively put a complete end to gun violence but we need to try to minimize it. By closing gun show loopholes, everyone that goes to a federally licensed gun dealer will get a background check when purchasing firearms. The Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986 allows anyone to purchase without having a background check done, including convicted felons.
In early March of 2015, several New York City residents wondered why a gun store opened its doors for only a few days in Manhattan. “First-time gun buyer? We are here to help you!” was one of the signs passersby saw on the storefront (Holley, 2015). The store was phony, and it was tied to an ad campaign for States United to Prevent Gun Violence, or SUPGV. Though signs on the door enticed people to come in and purchase a gun, the purpose of the store was the exact opposite. Full of hidden cameras, the staged shop did not sell guns, rather it informed those that walked through the door about the dangers of owning one.
To reduce the violence rate the district city council passed the firearms registration Amendment Act of 2008.Under this law gun owners should go through a process of requiring fingerprints, photographs and details about their job history. Applicants have to take a 20 question test on the district gun law and regulation. Trainers are allowed by the police to the buyers to perform the vision exam. Afterwards the guns are submitted back to police. The registration expires after 3 months and must be renewed. If not, the police can seize the gun and the owner could be jailed for up to 1
In order to reduce violence through firearms, more money and attention needs to be focused on the security of guns themselves. For example, background checks could take a more thorough approach by checking not only the citizen’s criminal record, but also evidence of a mental illness and American citizenship to ensure maximum security. Additionally, follow-up background checks could be recommended to check for any evidence of misuse of the firearm while in the possession of the person. Enforcing an overall more strict and secure system in obtaining firearms is the most likely effective way to address such issues above.
Guns need to be in a safe away from children. “Children under age 12 die from gun accidents in the U.S. about once a week, on average”(Martelle). “Almost every death begins with the same basic circumstances:
April 15, 2015 Logan Square in Chicago, IL an Uber driver who was a concealed carry licensed holder shoots and wounded 22 year old Everardo Custodio, who opened fire on a crowd of people preventing mass casualties, according to the Chicago Tribune. In Philadelphia earlier this year, Warren Edwards was confronted by a concealed-carry permit holder. Edwards “opened fire on customers and barbers at the barber shop… I guess he [the man who shot the shooter] saved a lot of people in there”, said the police captain (The Washington Post, 2015). There is much more incidents relating to the ones mentioned above, but news media fail to promote such events. They would much rather exploits stories like the Columbine or Virginia Tech school shootings.
Nothing prepares a mother or father for losing a child under any circumstances. It is heart rendering, emotionally draining and changes a family forever. But unfortunately the death of children will continue, it's not the gun that’s the problem it's the people. The question is still on the table as how can society eliminate gun violence. One of the deepest emotions is despair when all seems lost and events are uncontrollable. Learned helplessness is the belief that whatever you do, it doesn’t make a difference.