I believe there are a lot of contributing factors to America's High murder rate. To blame it on guns if unfair when it's the persons holding the gun who decided to pull the trigger. Even if we cut all access to guns people will still find ways to murder other people. People murdering other people is something very common throuet human history. We kill other people for money, land, and religion. Since America is so culturally diverse it's only inevitable that their will be conflict between people. Some of these people who murdered other people are not psychologically stable. and many of these people will never get help and so their condition gets worst until one day they break and something horrible happens. One of the biggest things that irritates
Using this definition, a 2016 study published in the journal Violence and Victims reported that 292 mass shooting incidents took place worldwide between 1966 and 2012; nearly one-third of these were in the United States.”(DiLascio, 2017). The statistics are the answer to whether or not limiting firearms in The United States will help in the overall goal of limiting firearm violence. Other Countries such as England and Japan have more regulations on firearms and it limits the firearm related murders in those Countries. “Have some of the tightest gun control measures in the world, also feature some of the world’s lowest gun homicide rates (per 100,000 people, 0.04 killings and 0.03, respectively).The United States, by contrast, has a rate of 3.42 gun murders per 100,000 people-100 times greater than England or Japan” (Ballaro, 2016). Over the years gun crime has decreased a lot. “ Although gun crime declined steadily throughout the 1990s and early 2000s-thanks in part, perhaps, to the assault weapons ban still in force at the time-it increased sharply in 2005 and has been on a steady rise since. In 2008, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a bipartisan group of 300 US mayors, found that homicides from handguns were highest in states with the most lenient gun laws” (Ballaro,
One of those many statistics would be the number of casualties created by firearms in the United States. According to Zakaria, “the number of deaths by firearms in the United States was 32,000 last year [which was around 2011]. Around 11,000 were gun homicides.” The number of deaths is just tragic. To think that many of the citizens in the United States go around shooting other citizens is definitely stomach churning. The fact that this statistic is so painstakingly true is one of the reasons why it is so effective. Zakaria goes on to compare the United States to different countries such as Australia and England. In England and Wales, there are only 50 gun homicides a year. According to Zakaria, that is only “3 percent of our rate per 100,000 people”. Zakaria uses the data from the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime to continue to compare the United States to other countries. The homicidal rate in the U.S outgrows that of other neighboring countries by 12 percent. Australia had all their automatic guns and semi-automatic guns banned for residential use in 1996. According to Zakaria, the Australian gun ban was a “real ban, not like the one we enacted in 1994 with 600-plus exceptions” (Zakaria). By blatantly pointing out the number of exceptions that the United States has with their guns continues to support his argument about why restricted gun control is needed. So the question really is: How can America expect for any results in homicide to happen if there is still a big archway that citizens can use to generate more
The Orlando nightclub shooting in Florida on June 12, 2016 was the single largest massacre in U.S history, taking the lives of 50 individuals, including the shooter himself, and injuring 53 others. This is one extreme example of the gun violence that has been occurring in this country, but mass shootings like this and the one at Newton in 2012 are only a small part of our gun violence issue. The everyday gun violence that takes place in cities all across the United States claims the lives of thousands every single year. According to The Guardian, 33,500 civilians die each year because of gun brutality- “that’s about 1 life every 15 minutes” (Beckett). Between the years of 1999 and 2013, there were 464,003 gun deaths in the U.S, about 58% of them were suicides 37% were homicides. (ProCon.org) Gun violence and the consequences of that violence, have become a real and dangerous problem in the U.S , why else would the CDC list the United States as having the highest rate of gun violence out of all developed countries today? (Gale Opposing Viewpoints) This issue is not just attributable to a single factor, there are several that play an important part in why gun violence is such an issue in the U.S, namely laws and poverty; and in these causes we can also find solutions.
Did you know that in the United States almost 100,000 people are shot or killed with a gun in one year? Ten thousand, five hundred and twenty-seven people die a year in handgun related incidents in the United States. This number, by far, outweighs the number of gun related deaths in countries such as Sweden, Great Britain, and Japan, which number thirteen, twenty-two, and eighty-seven, respectively. What is the reason for such drastic differences in numbers? Sweden, Great Britain, and Japan are all countries that have stricter gun control laws than the US. Mind you, these are just the number of deaths caused by handgun related incidents; however, that isn’t counting the thousands of deaths caused by
The United States honestly have just too many guns per people. If Americans wasn’t as heavily armed maybe these shootings would lessen or maybe even stop. In the article, Do Countries with Stricter Gun Laws Really Have Less Crime or Fewer Homicides? wrote by Nicholas Gerbis states that the U.S. has the most
In this society it’s so easy to have access to firearms. Studies have shown that there has been 16,082 incidents of gun violence since the year has started, and it is rising every day (http://www.gunviolencearchive.org/). A number of people own firearms, but when individuals with a history of violence, mental illness and substance abuse it’s easily accessible. Due to our weak gun laws death and violent situations will increase.
The United States’ homicide rate (5.9 deaths per 100,000 people as of 2005) is higher when compared to other countries: Sweden with 1.3, Canada with 1.5, and Australia with 1.3. To go along with these rates, America has a higher gun ownership with 39% when compared to Canada with 29.1%, Australia with 19.4% and Sweden with 15.1%. Many argue that these statistics prove the effectiveness of gun control. Fewer amount of guns equals less crime.
Gun control in the United States is needed. There are 88 guns for every 100 people living in the United States not even counting the illegal weapons in American citizens homes. Proponents of gun control generally argue that widespread gun ownership increases the danger of homicide and suicide. Over 100,000 people are shot each year in the U.S.and 72% of all violent killings use guns as the weapon. Last year, handguns killed 48 people in Japan, 8 people in Great Britain, 34 people in Switzerland, 52 people in Canada, 58 people in Israel, 21 people in Sweden, 42 people in West Germany and 10,728 people in the United States. All of these countries besides the United States have gun control.
The United States is often compared to other countries with stricter gun laws such the UK and Australia. Many argue that Britain and Wales have lower gun homicides than the United States, and that is true. On average 4.8 people for every 100,000 are killed in the United States every year. While in Britain the number is at 1.2. Granted in a country where guns are more readily available, their may be more gun related homicide rates, particularly those inflicted by guns. However, one must also take into consideration violent crime. In Britain and Wales their are 898 violent crimes for every 100,000 people while in the United States there are only 387. In Britain and Wales only 19% even involve a weapon. Because most of the country’s population
Gun violence has become a big obstacle in America and needs to be interrupted. 36,252-gun correspondent deaths were in the year 2015. There is an article from the Washington Post expressing about gun violence. The article mentions the New York Times took a survey of the citizens of the United States on according to what they think the US should counteract gun violence. People that wanted background checks was 86%, license for guns 78% agreed, and not letting people with violent criminal backgrounds 83% people requested that. In 1991, Democrats and Republicans said people essentially need to get a permit from the police before obtaining a gun. Out of the republicans, 57% want people to attain permits from the police. The fundamental ways to stop gun violence would be a background check, and acquire a state license. People with violent background that have to do with a crimes should not experience having guns, as said in the article. There was a test done in the article, US Public Opinion, showing out of the 50,000 people that took the survey said guns should overall not be in public places. There survey was about the location people should use guns. In some components of the US people can carry guns in public places confiding on where in the public a citizen is transporting the gun. In Newtown, Connecticut there was twenty children and six adults shot at a school. In Aurora, Colorado, James Holmes shot seventy people in one of the movie theaters. In Tucson, Arizona, eighteen people were shot by Jared Loughner. The concept these shooters had in common was they all had a downbeat mental illness. These shooters had
The article I chose to read and summarize is called “The Current and Future State of Gun Control in the United States”. This article mainly focuses on, obviously gun control, but also the fact that there have only been a few changes to the law regarding firearms in the last century. Several laws and situations involving gun control are mentioned throughout the article as well. This article touches on many topics, it touches on federal laws, state laws, the courts, policy options, registration to own a firearm, and felons.
Both Switzerland and Finland require gun owners to acquire licenses and pass background checks that include mental and criminal records, among other restrictions and requirements. In 2007 Switzerland ranked number 3 in international gun ownership rates with 45.7 guns per 100 people (about 3,400,000 guns total). In 2009 Switzerland had 24 gun homicides (0.31 deaths per 100,000 people) and 253 gun suicides (3.29 deaths per 100,000 people),” (ProCon.Org). From the first fact stating gun control would reduce gun deaths this proves their point. This is showing gun control is the best way to make this situation better. It might be the harder solution but, its the one with a really big change. With having gun control, Switzerland and Finland have become safer places. ”In 2007 Finland had 23 (0.43 deaths per 100,000 people) gun homicides and 172 gun suicides (4.19 deaths per 100,000 people),”(ProCon.Org). Another country that has proven gun control is a helpful thing to solve this problem and save lives. All we need is to strengthen our gun laws and who we can and can’t sell guns too meaning background checks. “According to a Mar. 2016 study, gun homicide rates in the United States were 25.3 times higher and gun suicides were 8 times higher in 2010 than in other populous, high-income countries,” (ProCon.Org). America has a lesson to learn from Switzerland and Finland. They
As the article emphasizes, from the get go, the prospects of getting regulations on gun control passed, even despite the Connecticut shooting, were insecure. The article I selected helps to explain the measures that were being proposed, which include: expanding background checks, make gun trafficking and the purchase of firearms who are banned from owning them a federal crime, and to provide more money to schools to up security and other safety equipment. Personally, regardless of if one is for or against gun control, these measures seem like logical regulations to have on anything dangerous. However, once this measure passed the committee, the full Senate took into account this proposition.
A CBS article by Robert Preidt, states, “Compared to 22 other high-income nations, the United States' gun-related murder rate is 25 times higher.” With such wide accessibility to powerful firearms, Americans are at a much higher risk of gun violence. This statistic demonstrates that the United States is far behind on gun legislation compared to other advanced nations in the world. AJ Willingham states in his CNN article, “From 1966 to 2012, nearly a third of the world's mass shootings took place in the U.S. This is according to a 2016 study that used the FBI definition of 'mass shooting' ... While the U.S. has 5% of the world's population, it had 31% of all public mass shootings.” The gun violence epidemic in the United States is most notably highlighted in the statistic provided by Willingham. Even though the United States has such a small population size compared to the rest of the world, the gun violence rates are higher than any other nation. This demonstrates America’s leniency in gun legislation compared to other nations. England and Japan possess some of the tightest gun control measures in the world while simultaneously featuring some of the lowest gun violence rates (Ballaro and Finley). The correlation between strict gun control measures and gun-related deaths is evident in the statistics of other economic powers in the world, so why has the United States not taken measures to strengthen gun legislation? Similarly, Beverly Ballaro states in her article, “In 2008, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a bipartisan group of 300 US mayors, found that homicides from handguns were highest in states with the most lenient gun laws.” This statistic coincides with the previous data concerning strict gun control measures and the correlation with gun-related deaths. By increasing gun control, the gun-related deaths in the