Pros And Cons Of Stricter Gun Control Laws

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The United States needs stricter federal handgun control laws because stricter gun control laws would reduce the number of handgun deaths and injuries, more gun control laws would lead to fewer suicides, banning high-capacity magazines would prevent mass shootings and murders, stricter gun control laws have worked in other countries by leading to lower homicide and suicide rates than the United States, and guns are rarely used in self-defense and they do not decrease crime rates.
Stricter gun control laws would reduce the number of handgun deaths and injuries in the United States per year. There were 464,033 total gun deaths between 1999 and 2013: 58% were suicides, 38% were homicides, 2% were unintentional deaths. 67% of all homicides were committed with guns, and 52% of all suicides were committed with guns. According to a March 10, 2016 Lancet study, implementing federal universal background checks could reduce firearm deaths by a predicted 60%, background checks for ammunition purchases could reduce deaths by a predicted 81%, and gun ID requirements could reduce deaths by a predicted 83%. All these statistics could be lowered if the United States had more gun control.
More gun control would lead to fewer successful suicide attempts. Suicide attempts by other means have a higher rate of survival because guns are instant and give the person no time to think about what they are doing, while around 86% of attempted suicides by firearm are fatal. Suicide by gun is most popular (21,386 out of 42,826 suicides using a gun as of March 17, 2017). A study found suicide rates in rural parts of Maryland were 35% higher than urban parts of Maryland, which was mainly due to the number of guns available in those areas. In addition, 2 in 3 deaths by firearm are suicides. Researchers found that suicide rates in rural areas of the country were 35% higher than suicide rates in urban areas, and the researchers said one of the reasons why this occurs is because of how many more guns there are in those rural areas. Based on these facts, it can be concluded that more gun control laws would lead to fewer successful suicide attempts because if the suicidal person had to take a few days to think and devise a plan to commit suicide
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