On October 1st 2017, Steven Paddock shot and killed 58 people at a country music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. Over the course of 12 minutes, Paddock committed the worst mass shooting in modern American history. We must honor the victims and respect their memory, but we have to ask ourselves what we will do to prevent this in the future. The first and completely valid response to that question is enacting stricter gun control, but there is much more than that. We can increase funding for mental health treatment, we can take stricter security measures at hotels and concerts, however there is something major that needs to be changed that hardly ever gets talked about. It’s something that we are used to, that we have seen all throughout our
As of February of 2018, there have been over 5,000 gun-related incidents in America this year, resulting in over 1,000 deaths. 18 of these gun-related events occured on school grounds, resulting in 22 deaths. These statistics are a disturbing look into the way that gun laws are handled in America; over the recent years, gun violence has skyrocketed, and each time a major incident occurs, the government does nothing but utter empty condolences, while doing nothing about the situation at hand. To protect the safety of the citizens of this country, gun control laws must become more strict. While some people claim that restricting gun laws infringes rights protected by the Second Amendment, adding specificity to the Second Amendment would
A common controversial topic that is discussed universally is the issue of shootings and gun use. Citizens views on the topic range from the wishes to completely ban guns, to the total allowance and ownership of such items. In comparison, some drugs may be illegal, although people still possess them. Would the same be for guns? Should more be done to implement the control over guns? Or should more freedom be given to gun owners? One can visualize the positives and negatives regarding gun control by learning more about the following: the suspected terrorists list, the black market, increase in gun crime, rarely using guns for self-defense and how extensive background checks would prohibit unqualified people from obtaining firearms.
Breaking news, an “assault weapon” walked in a school and wreaked havoc creating the ninth school shooting we’ve had this year! You may be thinking, what, a gun with a mind of its own? Well, that is exactly the type of thinking the news and gun-control activists want you to have. I have never met a firearm who wants or even can shoot someone, have you? That leads us to think about who the real problem is with gun-control, the firearm, or the human? If these activists were to become successful, we would be able to see the effects. The consequences of people not being able to own guns would have tremendous effects on safety, such as self-defense, which is why laws should focus on placing more restrictions on who can get guns, strengthening the filtering system, and placing harder penalties for those who use guns wrongfully or who do not have the right paperwork.
Assault rifles are becoming the weapon of choice in these recent mass shootings. Since 2004, out of 48 mass shootings 13 of them included assault rifles. The assault rifle can be bought in many states starting at the age of 18. According to the gun control group, since 2009 individuals under the age of 21 committed two mass shootings with an assault rifle. Only one of the two rifles used was bought legally, which means just a single shooting where at least four individuals were shot and slaughtered could have been prevented. Everytown for Gun Safety reports, since 2009 there have been 156 mass shootings, eleven of these shootings were committed by individuals under the age of 21. Out of those 156 incidents 11 of those the shooter used an assault rifle. Although You have to be 21 to
Gun control will not protect United States citizens any more than having no gun control, it will keep the guns away from the responsibility, and do nothing to prevent criminals from obtaining them. Numerous natives and government officials trust that firearm confinements will diminish murder rates and wrongdoing greatly; nonetheless, this isn't the situation. If a citizen has the intent to commit a crime, then they will do what is necessary to get it done such as getting a gun. Even though it is illegal. They are already committing crimes so there are no consequences of getting a gun. Gun control laws will not protect this country because law abiding citizens will not obtain guns, but those citizens will not commit any crimes,
Mass shootings in the United States have literally become an everyday occurrence. A mass shooting is a firearm-violence related incident where four or more people are killed or injured, and recent research shows that on average, over one mass shooting occurs per day (Lafraniere). In a country where guns are hailed as being tools for problem-solving and self-defense, there is a saddening amount of violence caused by firearms. The NRA will always claim that it is people and not guns who kill, but the amount of access the public has to these dangerous machines is extreme in comparison to many other countries. Due to the amount of violence, both homicidal and suicidal, that results from gun use in the United States, better restrictions, regulations, and safety measures should be implemented and enforced. The most important aspect of this issue that must change, however, is the cultural view of firearms in this country; without a shift in perspective, altering anything about the gun problem in the States will be impossible.
“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.” This statement, endlessly quoted and debated and parsed, stands as one of the fundamental pieces of the Bill of Rights. Countless debates on the national level have tried to decipher what exactly the “right to bear arms” means. When more and more innocent people are being killed at the hands of gun violence, it is time to evaluate our current lack of restrictions and checks on guns in the United States. The lack of restrictions on guns coupled with the fact that ordinary citizens can own assault rifles and military-grade weapons is an impetus for the gun violence that has become seemingly ubiquitous in the past years. The United
Although gun violence has fluctuated since the 1960s, recently it has started to become a major topic of debate and chaos. Polls and studies conducted by Everytown.org have provided some extremely frightening statistics about the gun problems in America. In an average year, 12,000 people in the U.S alone are slaughtered by firearms and on an average day, 93 people. That means that our country’s gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than all other developed countries. Even though they were only mentioned as statistics, these were all people with families and passions. Sadly, the gun violence will continue if congress doesn’t start changing the way our gun laws work. A great way to start would be to enforce background checks on all gun purchasers, no exceptions.
Japan, June 8, 2001, 10:15 in the morning at Ikeda Elementary School. Thirty-Seven year-old former janitor Mamoru Takuma entered the school with a kitchen knife and began stabbing numerous school children and teachers. “It lasted just 10 terrifying minutes, during which the intruder killed eight children, injured 15 other pupils and two teachers and further eroded Japan's confidence that it is immune to the violence that it associates with the U.S.” (Tim Larimer) This proves that people wouldn’t need a firearm to create chaos. Japan is one of the strictest countries about firearms. No one is allowed to own a rifle or assault rifle. The Japanese community is allowed only to own shotguns and air rifles, but the process to own one of these is a very long and hard process to finish. What this has to do with America is to give an example that you wouldn't need a firearm to create chaos bringing up the controversy about gun control. Because so many U.S.
Since the ratification of the Constitution of the United States in 1790, people have debated and argued over the correct interpretation of its contents. This is especially true with the first 10 amendments created shortly after ratification to appease the Anti-Federalists. Perhaps the most contentious of these is the Second Amendment, which protects “the right of the people to keep and bear arms”. In the 21st Century there has been an increasing number of mass shooting by an individual or individuals and this has led to increased debate on the topic of gun control. I believe that gun control is an essential method of curbing gun violence and other gun related incidents. Firearm accessories such as suppressors and silencers as well as bump stocks are unnecessary for civilian use. In addition gun control laws would help to significantly lower the amount of shootings and other gun violence in the United States, as seen through other countries and their programs. Gun control laws are the only way to regulate and control the sheer amount of firearms in the United States, and can help to bring about the end of mass shootings.
A controversial topic in today’s society is gun control. Gun control is not just one issue, it consists of many. Americans feel that the government is slowly taking control of their entire lives. Gun control, a topic that has been debated in government law making for a myriad of years, has been controversial to United State citizens who feel their right to bear arms is now infringed upon by government.
The issue of gun control has dramatically risen over the last century as the presence of gun associated violence rises. Gun control, in many regions, is poorly conducted and fails to display the proper techniques to enact the laws. People act against these measures because they’re dubois about its impact and firmly believe the presence of guns creates an atmosphere of security. Although guns may serve as an accessory to tranquilize one’s minds, implementing gun control should be a priority since it would reduce violence and create a safer society.
Gun violence has prompted many debates about America’s love for guns and its impact on society. The United States has more private gun ownership than basically any other country in the world. The violence of guns has taken lives all around America and killed many US citizens. Including the Aurora movie theater Shooting, The Columbine Shooting, and the Arapahoe High School Shooting massacre. Personally weapons are generally classifieds within three broad categories: rifles,handguns, and shotguns. Shotguns and rifles are both considered a.k.a “long guns”. A semi- automatic weapon fires one bullet each time the trigger is pulled. And will automatically reload another bullet into the chamber ready to be fired. The fully automatic weapons often referred to as a machine gun. Will fire multiple bullets within a single pull of the trigger. Look here's my opinion on gun control. Laws for gun control ain't gonna work. To me guns aren't weapons they're tools that work as long as there in the right hands. But remember this, guns don't decide who lives who dies. People decide on who lives and who dies. So don't find another dumb excuse about why congress should make gun laws stricter. If you didn't know their is an unofficial slogan for the National Gun Association “ guns don't kill people, people kill people” (NRA). For the person who is reading this just stop and think. Shootings do not simply happen from the gun itself, but the person who has it's finger on the trigger. Now if you create stricter gun laws, it won't only restrict those who obey the law, but will also most likely increase crime even more. I'll give you an example, what if you're with your family at home eating dinner, and let's say you're all eating ribeye steak with mashed potatoes on the side with greens. And while you and your family are eating a man breaks down the front door with, let's say a glock 17c. What are you going to use if you don't have a weapon to disengage the criminal or robber that is coming inside the house. Look it doesn't even have to be a rifle. Simply just a small handgun. If you don't know how to use a handgun or rifle effectively there are classes you can take to better ready yourself just in case something terrible happens just