Persuasive Essay On Gun Control

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With all of the mass shootings around the country recently, the issue of gun control has become more relevant over the past five years. Since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, there have been over 1500 mass shootings inside of the United States according to the Gun Violence Archive. There still remains two sides to the argument, those that want to change the current restrictions and those that believe that changing restrictions will not change anything. I believe that changing the restrictions will not change much. The problem will not be solved by taking guns away from people who are registered and licensed to carry them.

The first reason I do not want to change restrictions is that gun ownership deters crime not gun control laws. When there was a restriction/ban put on assault rifles, there was no significant drop in the murder rate. Whenever states passed the law to conceal carry a weapon, the number of multiple-victim shootings declined by 84 percent. These rates are going down because people feel as if they can protect themselves and criminals are aware of the potential for immediate retaliation from another firearm. Another way to examine gun restrictions is to look at our neighbor, Mexico. Mexico has only one store where one may buy a gun yet Mexicans still own 5,000,000 guns or about 13.5 guns per 100 people. Just because you put on more restrictions, is do not mean that people will stop possessing guns. Lastly, greater restrictions deny people a

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