In 1789, the Founding Fathers wrote the Bill of Rights and passed the second amendment. The amendment gave Americans their right to bear arms, no matter the circumstances. In 1789, the people of America lived on the frontier, where it was necessary to have a gun to fend off wildlife, hunt to collect food, and to fend off enemies that could invade their homes. In 2017, the technology has advanced to where the amount of rounds shot from a gun per minute went from 3 rounds in 1798 to 700 now. In present day, most American’s don’t live on the frontier, and don’t need to shot their food. Instead are shooting each other. As a young person living in America, I am concerned that all the gun violence that is going on now, is going to cause the younger people of America to be afraid to walk the streets at night.
People say that it is the person behind the gun that kills, and that may be true, but could we give them less technology to carry out their monstrous plan?
I believe that you, the United States government, should pass a law regulating and restricting the amount of guns a person can own, what accessories you can be added to a gun, what kind of gun people can own, and who can own a gun.
According to CBS News,a study done by the American Journal of Medicine revealed, Americans are 10 times likely to be killed by a gun than in any other developed country. “The total number of gun deaths per year is about 31,000. This includes roughly 11,400 murders, 19,000 suicides and 600
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Too many Americans die due to firearms. “New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof this past summer wrote an impassioned call for gun control that included a recounting of horrific gun-related statistics. Since 1968, he noted, more people have died from guns in the U.S. than on the battlefields of all the wars in American history combined” (“Technology” -Gralla 6). This country is supposed to
According to Nicholas Kristof’s article “our blind spot about guns” gun control is a lot like cars regulation such that if we can regulate cars we can regulate guns. It took a lot of time and effort but thanks to regulations cars are safer than they were many years ago, and the same is very possible with guns. We need to keep our country safe. The first steps to gun control are improving on background checks and also requiring trigger locks on all guns.
With gun related crimes steadily increasing, the spotlight has been on a solution to cease firearm problems. Firearms have been around for hundreds of years, and they are included in self-defense, sport, show, and unfortunately crime. The danger of the situation immediately escalades when there is a firearm involved. A plan to fix these issues has been talked about and looked at throughout the recent years, but there are many different aspects you have to look at when trying to find a solution for this problem. However, not all gun related situations are at fault, for most people follow the law, using and collecting the guns for sporting, collecting, and self-defense purposes. The second amendment in the constitution gives citizens of the United states the right to bear arms. Areas of concern that can be focused on to prevent future danger in firearm situations are gun control laws, process undergone
One argument posed, states that doing away with guns will reduce violence, however, this is simply not the case (Flaherty). If the assailant had every intention of wreaking havoc, they would have chosen an alternate outlet had guns not been accessible. Firearms are merely the tool used to accomplish the task. Who is doing the killing? The gun or the person? By themselves, guns have no power, but with a finger to pull the trigger, they can be dangerous if in the wrong hands. In a recent speech given by President Trump, he points to mental health being the root
Every day in America, we hear it on the news. Another person shot. Another murder. Another mass shooting. Gun violence has become the Black Plague of the 21st century. Just in 2017, the total number of gun violence incidents reached 61,593. Our current laws and restrictions do very little to curb these numbers, and restrict very little in the means of purchasing a gun. Our laws need clearer borders suited to modern times and modern weapons. Our 2A rights were written in 1787. We are now in 2018. These laws are antiquated, not written for a society with assault weapons. Adjusting laws poses a challenge because so many oppose changing our 2nd Amendment. A compromise needs to be reached if
October, 1st 2017 has marked the latest in a now all too familiar trend of tragedies; a mass killing of civilians by a sick individual. In the wake of this tragedy, there is a mass of human emotion, grief, anger, sadness, and a demand for justice to right what has been wronged. In looking for justice, one needs an antagonist to blame, in this case an object, the gun. While it is true that firearms are the weapon of choice for many violent tragedies across the United States, will a ban on firearms truly solve the problem of violence for the country? Although a firearm ban may seem like a preventative for violence in the United States, a comparison of violent crime in other countries with varying levels of gun control, the lack of
Mass shooting situations are never capable of clear premature warnings shots. Friends and family are mostly never aware of what is happening in the shooters life. Mostly outcasts and people that don’t have a connection to people that check up on them. Violence cannot be acted on by the weapon itself, it requires a gunman. Gun restriction of certain sales and consistent background checks violate the second amendment that 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.” ("Gun Control Laws: Should the United States adopt stronger gun control laws?" Issues & Controversies, InfoBase Learning, 11 Oct. 2017). On the other hand, many can argue that the sale of automatic weapon to citizen can be much more dangerous that the sale of semi-automatic weapons such as handguns. After the last decades events, many politicians and people of the public are outraged and want some sort of control on who can access the weapons.
On December 14, 2012, a man walked into an elementary school with three semi-automatic weapons. He killed twenty children and six teachers. The nation was shocked and hurt, yet nothing changed. On October 1, 2017, a man brought twenty-three guns into his hotel room in Las Vegas. He killed fifty-nine people and injured more than five hundred. If the present follows history, this event will change nothing. Every year congress fails to make any considerable effort to stop gun violence. The news is always full of coverage of mass shootings, but guns are also used for murder and suicide every day. The United States must past common sense legislation to limit the gun violence in America.
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
The first legislative attempt of gun control was in 1934; it started the fight between the National Rifle Association, who believed it was unfair to the law abiding citizens to limit their rights, and lawmakers wanting to limit the amount of crimes. The debate has grown and changed immensely t over the years, but the issue is still there (Magoon). This year in Colorado, Senator Vicki Marble, Representative Stephen Humphrey, and Representative Lori Saine have been the Prime Sponsors for the repeal of the ban of possession and sales of large capacity magazines (Repeal Ammunition Magazine Prohibition). This is known as Senate Bill 17-007; it states that part 3 of article 12 of title 18 of The Colorado Revised Statutes should be repealed and adds a safety clause stating that it needs to be implemented for the “public peace, health, and safety” (Concerning the Repeal of Certain Provisions Concerning Ammunition Magazines). Large Capacity Magazines (LCMs) are generally defined as holding ten rounds or higher, but in the case for Colorado it is defined as holding 15 rounds or higher (Large Capacity Magazines). SB17-007 was introduced January 11, passed through the Senate but was indefinitely postponed by the House as of March 22 (“Repeal Ammunition Magazine Prohibition - SB 17-007”). Senate Bill 17-007 will repeal the ban on large firearm magazines; it should be passed because the prohibition has not shown any decrease of deaths in mass shootings and infringes on America’s second amendment right.
Gun control is a controversial and important issue all over the world. A gun, as a weapon for defense and protection, has been misused by many resulting in unlawful acts. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, dedicated protect public health and safety, in 2010, there were roughly 31,670 gun-related deaths in the U.S. About 11,100 were homicides (35%) and about 19,400 (61%) were suicides (Jim). Every day, a lot of people lose their lives unnecessarily to gun violence. Congress should amend gun laws to take guns out from the hand of criminals and irresponsible persons. It is apparent that guns have had both negative and positive outcomes, but it has also
From School shootings to Movie theaters and concerts, we the people of the United States have noticed tremendous amounts Massacres going on in our country. All of this violence raises many big questions and plenty of controversy in our country: Do we need a ban or some sort of control on guns? Many people like to argue that this violates their rights and the second amendment of the U.S. constitution telling us that the people have the right to bear arms. Many people like to argue that guns don’t kill people, but that people kill people. In the past year there has been 372 mass shootings in 2015 in the U.S. Approximately 33,636 deaths due to firearms each year. Many other countries do not have a big issue on homicides due to
Rarely does something good ever end up as breaking news. No one ever reports things like, Carol stopped for that stop sign, way to follow the law! Or Jimmy used the crosswalk. Yay! No- that is just not how our world today works. I suppose, all the negativity is what keeps people interested in the news. Recently, the headlines have included gun violence tragedies that have shattered the country. Reports about firearms are often negative, though, you have to remember that a gun is machine, a machine that sneaked its way into the constitution, allowing citizens the right to bear arms. But all those negative headlines have got the world wondering whether an increase in regulations will really do the trick of terminating the violence. I find myself with many others, in between safety and holding on to what is my right.
Two-thirds of suicides in the United States are the result of gun deaths. Homicides are the next major gun death. One in five of these homicides are young men, ages fifteen to thirty-four. The last group are deaths that are related to domestic violence resulting in 1,700 women murdered each year (Libresco). The risk of a woman being murdered in a domestic argument increases by 500% if a gun is present (Gun).
Today, one of the most highly debated topics is gun control. It seems as if after every mass shooting the first thing that is brought up is gun control. People on both sides of the spectrum argue in favor or against. But does America need more gun control? Is gun control the answer to the gun violence problem? The United States does not need any more gun control.