Persuasive Essay On Gun Control

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After every highly publicized mass shooting, the topic of gun control becomes a political hot potato being juggled by the senators, congressman, and even the sitting president of the United States. It followed the usual pattern of condemning the shooter, questioning the ease in which the shooter was able to obtain guns, and with most mass shootings, proposing a ban on assault files used in the shooting. But within a few months, when the news agencies move onto other headlines, when all the hashtags on Twitter fall out of use, we forget about the gun control measures we were so passionate about and move on with our daily lives. This is when the lawmakers backed by pro-second amendment constituents swoop in and briskly cut down the proposed …show more content…

Although gun ownership does not necessarily lead to more gun deaths, study conducted by the Harvard Injury Control Research Center analyzing the relationship between gun availability and homicide using data from 26 developed countries show that where guns are more readily available, there were more homicides. As a result, Americans face greater chance of death by firearms than the next five highest countries combined (“Homicide” 2). Lawmakers within the state and federal government are attempting to alleviate this problem. However, the majority of focus on gun control comes in the aftermath highly publicized of mass shootings, with lawmakers introducing new bills targeted at assault weapons commonly used in those type of shooting. While lawmakers have focused their efforts on introducing new bills to ban and restrict semi-automatic assault rifles such as the notorious AR-15, the statistics compiled in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Report show that rifles accounted for 4 percent of the murders committed between 2006 and 2011 while handguns account for 72 percent (Beckett). These new bills, even when passed, will have little to no effect on reducing the number of gun related death. We must then ask ourselves why would politicians attempt to pass these laws that seek to clamp down on these very

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