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Personal Use Of Guns In The United States

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No Personal Use of Guns in the United States

Zhibo Zhang
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I spent my last year’s Thanksgiving break with my friends in Boston. One night, on our way back to the hotel, we saw a fight between two customers who waited in line to enter a club. Suddenly, one of them took out a gun and shot another. All of this happened less than 500 feet away from us. It is my personal reason to advocate for strict gun control laws. Personal use of firearms should be banned in the United States.
Personal use of guns causes large amount of deaths. The National Vital Statistics System of US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides data on people killed by guns each year. Based on the five-year-average of these data, it
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According to the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE), in 2010, gun violence cost each person in the United States roughly $564 and the US government $5.5 billion in lost tax revenue; $4.7 billion in court costs; $1.4 billion in Medicare and Medicaid costs; $180 million in mental health care for victims; $224 million in insurance claims processing; and $133 million for law enforcement and medic response to shooting injuries. In 2010, there were 36,341 emergency room visits and 25,024 hospitalizations for gun injuries, costing an estimated $6.3 million. 84% of those injured by firearms are uninsured, leaving taxpayers responsible for most of those bills through programs like Medicaid (Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, 2010). According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the costs of gun violence can include legal services, medical costs, perpetrator control, policing, incarceration, foster care, private security, lost earnings and time, life insurance, productivity, tourism, and psychological costs (pain and suffering), among others. Homicide rates doubling has been associated with a 12.5% decline in property values. Therefore, a stricter gun control law will reduce those costs the American people and government spend on gun incidents each…show more content…
Personal use of firearms should be banned in the United States.

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