The Pros And Cons Of Gun Control

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Gun control has been a long debated topic. There are many pros and cons to each side, this essay will discuss both of them. First I will discuss the pros. The first pro to more gun control laws would be it would update the law. To start off many people believe that the gun laws are old and outdated so it’s time for a change. The second amendment was ratified in 1791, it is 2017 and guns today are completely different from guns made in 1791. In 1791 one of the most advanced firearms was a Girandoni air rifle, this gun held about thirty bullets. The first shot was the most powerful and each shot after declined in energy. One of the most advanced guns that can be legally owned today is a Barrett M82, this gun has a maximum range of about 7,450 yards, but the most effective firing range is about 2,000 yards. This gun is very powerful and has about 15,000 foot pounds of energy at the muzzle. Guns today are increasing in power, and are more dangerous which is why people believe that updating gun laws would be beneficial. Pro number two is more gun control laws would reduce gun deaths. From 1999 to 2013 there was a total of 464,033 gun related deaths. About 58.2% of the total deaths were suicides, 37.7% were homicides and 2.2% was unintentional. As shown in Lancet study, implementing federal universal 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%. Making more gun control laws would reduce the number of deaths drastically which is why so many people are pushing for a change. Next, is having more gun control laws would better protect women from domestic abusers and stalkers. As stated on five women are murdered with guns every day in the United States and a woman's risk of being murdered increases 500% if a gun is present during a domestic dispute. A study shows that from 2001 to 2015 less U.S soldiers were killed in action than women who were killed by an intimate partner in the U.S from 2001 to 2012. A study in 2003 of twenty three high-income countries saw that 86% of women killed by a gun were in the U.S and American women was 11.4 times more likely to be victims of gun homicides.

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