The Issue Of Gun Control

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Will Christopherson
English 2
1 March 2017
Gun Control The United States has 88.8 guns per 100 people, or about 270,000,000 guns, which is the highest total and per capita number across the globe. The current public gun control debate in the United States seems to be placed on standby until it is sparked up by a major mass shooting. There were at least 126 mass shootings between January 2000 and July 2014.(pro). Opponents of more gun laws accuse supporters of using a horrific event to further a lost cause, saying that more laws would not have prevented the shootings. Advocates of more gun control often want more laws to try to prevent the mass shootings and call for smart gun laws and background checks . Pew Research Center did …show more content…

Too many people have lost their lives due to careless accidents and violent acts of crime that could have possibly both been avoided with more control. According to a Lancet study implementing federal universal background checks could reduce firearm deaths by a projected 56.9%; background checks for ammunition purchases could reduce deaths by a projected 80.7%; and gun identification requirements could reduce deaths by a projected 82.5%.(pro) Research shows that more gun control law being implemented could saves thousands of lives each and every year. Furthermore, high-capacity magazines were used in at least 50% of the 62 mass shootings between 1982 and 2012. When high-capacity magazines were used in mass shootings, the death rate rose 63% and the injury rate rose 156%. (Pro) It is very clear that high-capacity magazines are unnecessary and directly lead to an increase in death and injury rates. Controlling the capacity of magazines will make it harder for criminals to carry out large mass murders due to the number of rounds in which they can fire. Large magazines give murderers the opportunity to become mass murderers simply by giving them more rounds to fire at their victims. More gun control laws could greatly reduce deaths by guns; making it harder for deadly criminals to get guns. Additionally, a band on high-capacity magazines would reduce the number of victims even if criminals were to get their hands on guns

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