The Issue Of Gun Control

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Gun control is a topic that has gained a lot of momentum lately. There have been several horrific tragedies that have occurred over the last few years. The debate continues whether access to guns is directly linked to crime and violence and identifying the steps needed to prevent such tragedies in the future. The public and those in public office have been reviewing whether more stringent controls on gun purchases and on gun owners with a mental illness should be implemented and what these controls might look like. A person’s mental health should be considered when purchasing a firearm because of incidents like Sandy Hook.
Having a gun doesn’t automatically make you a murderer. A murder is usually never an ordinary individual but rather
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Gun owners tend to be white, male, conservative and live in rural areas (Jervis, 2016). Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that on an average day, 93 Americans are killed with guns.
The gun debate has been dominated by the Nation Rifle Association which promotes gun use for hunting and target/sport shooting. The National Rifle Association is a nonprofit organization that promote gun safety and lobbying under the second amendment, the right to bear arms. NRA (National Rifle Association) has 3 million members, and sponsors and encourages target shooting, hunting, safety training, and shooting sports (Fisher, C. E., & Lieberman, J. A., 2013). The NRA has had success due to their strength in numbers within their NRA group. The NRA will support any elective that supports gun accessibility.
Many American’s just carry a gun for self-protection. Some Americans believe that society deserves to be protected and that we need firearms for the security and self-defense of our U.S. citizens. In the United States, approximately 14% of households with a gun report that they have used a gun for protection (Leddy, 1991).
Gun violence is an epidemic. Many lives have been lost since people have could obtain firearms legally or illegally. In very basic terms, gun violence is the use of a gun in an unlawful way or to cause harm or death either accidentally or intentionally. Per the Mass Shooting Tracker (2016)

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