As we all know gun violence has become an increasingly conflicted issue in the world and specifically in the United States. Gun violence is the leading cause of premature death in the United States as it kills almost 30,000 people and causes about 60,000 injuries annually. But guns are not the main cause of this problem. The problem is America's culture of violence. We need to understand that guns are not what’s killing people, people are what’s killing people. Although guns may enable killers to commit an act of violence more easily and effectively, stricter laws on guns would not necessarily dismantle the problem. Currently, guns are just a symptom to the real problem, which is our violent human nature. For decades, we have been dousing
Gun violence in America is becoming a massive problem, with mass shootings becoming more common with each passing year. The total number of deaths by guns in America this year alone has been 13,667 , adding to the already high list of deaths by guns. The right to bear arms has been a highly controversial topic that many in not only America, but the world has disputed. As written in the second amendment, “…the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed”, but when has this amendment served the people in America in these present years any real advantages? There have been far too many mass shootings and violence from people who have been allowed to handle guns just because it’s their ‘right to bear arms’. When the amendments
The issue over the interpretation of the Second Amendment still prevails as one of the most controversial issues in the United States. The Constitution states, “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” The question at hand is the proper definition of a “well-regulated militia” and should there be restrictions on the obtainment of lethal weapons. Ever since the year of 1960, gun violence has increased, costing an average of 30,000 deaths in the United States (Gun Violence is a Serious Problem). This astronomical amount of unnecessary deaths will continue to rise if nothing is done to stop the serious epidemic that continues to plague our
Owning a gun is legal in the United States for self-defense or hunting or sports, and it’s the second amendment. However, in recent years, violence has significantly increased in the USA because of guns. There are more cases of children and young adults engaging in violence or getting caught in the crossfire. It is shameful to say that almost every day we hear about some gun violence. Guns can be used for self-defense or sports, however they also can be used for robbing, shooting and many other violent purposes. We can get safety and reduce crime rate by banning guns. These are the reasons why guns should be banned.
In our world today all sorts of crimes take place every second and there is nothing we can do about it. Not only that, but, with the dramatic rise in mass shootings in our nation comes a compelling division between political and legal agendas predicated on the Second Amendment. I want to emphasize that every single crime is violent whether is involves a handgun, knife or nothing at all. Everyone in our nation knows the law and it is the offender's choices to break it and harm others. With that being said, guns don't kill people, but the deaths of all these innocent people simply comes down to the morality of the men and women behind the weapon.
Did you know you are 4 times more likely to be killed with a knife or other cutting instrument than you are by a rifle or a shotgun? Gun rights and gun control are always hot items during any political discussion, whether it is between peers or politicians. One of the many great advantages to being an American is the ability to choose for one's own self what to believe in. Another advantage, in my opinion, is the right of the people to keep and bear arms. Laws should not restrict gun rights because first, it would infringe the second amendment, second, guns are a part of our culture, and finally, if guns were outlawed, citizens of the U.S. would become vulnerable.
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.
The thought of guns and the ability to commit mass murder is a chilling one. According to the The Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence, “an average of more than 100,000 people are shot every year in the United States” (Just the Facts: Gun Violence in America). Gun violence in America has reached epidemic proportions, surpassing rates of gun-related violence in other developed, high-income nations by 25 percent (Preidt). There is an urgent need for tighter gun laws in America. (5) In order to put an end to the growing trend of gun violence, the United States needs stricter legislation regarding the purchase and ownership of firearms. Although most gun advocates believe that stricter gun laws would not prevent mass shootings, stricter gun
“Interview the survivors of mass shootings and you hear these phrases a lot: Gunfire, they explain, rarely sounds like what it is… Many who have lived through the terror recall thinking it was a joke. A drill. Anything except the awful truth: that they might have only a few seconds to live” (“Stop the Violence” -Brody 220). Some people say guns make us feel safer, but in reality, they cause more harm than good. Arthur Kellermann and his colleagues concluded that, “Sadly, buying a gun does not make you safer. To the contrary, the evidence suggests that bringing a gun into your home increases the chances you will be killed” (“Feeling safe” -Vyse 27). Gun violence poses a very big threat to the U.S. “The U.S. has many more guns--and gun deaths--than any other developed country. In 2014, there were more than 33,000 such deaths in this country” (“Fight Over” 12). Guns are extremely dangerous and many deaths occur due to them, including murder, suicide, and accidental deaths, so stricter gun laws and technology should be used to decrease the number of gun deaths in the U.S.
The gun violence, crimes, and cases in the United States is a national epidemic. A lot of people take advantage of guns using them and manipulating their weapon with hardly any thought. Many countless innocent lives have been lost because of the fact that people have been able to obtain firearms legally or illegally. These people have taken the notion to be the jury, judge, and executioner in holding someone’s life in their hands. For example, in the article Think Progress the state, “Courts have granted immunity to a man who went back to his car to get a gun, and another who shot a acquaintance for threatening to beat him up.”(Think Progress). Think Progress also states, “In Florida alone, 26 children and teens were killed in Stand Your Ground cases.”(Think Progress). These are very serious cases where people have misused their rights by manipulating the Stand Your Ground Law and their weapon. Gun violence just do not affect the victims, but it also affects poor neighborhoods, family and friends. The Atlantic report confirms great logos with providing statistical facts stating, “There are about 310 million guns in the country. About 40% of households have them.” Guns are so easy to obtain legally and illegally that America has the highest gun rate than any other country in the
Gun control should not be increased because it is a part of the Constitution. According to the Constitution and its second amendment in the Bill of Rights, “... the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The Constitution wants to protect the people from having their right of keeping arms in their house from being taken away. Because of this sentence within the amendment, no one is allowed to take away the law or break it by forcing all weapons out of a home where they are being kept legally. It is unlawful to not let weapons be kept in the house when there is no reason not to. According to procon.org, January 5, 2016, Lawrence Hunter, Chairman of Revolution PAC, said, "The Founders understood that the right to own
In this passage, Thomas P. states that many people argue that guns are the cause of the nearly 22% increase in the homicide rate between 2015 and 2016. While guns are a problem, giving restrictions may not be the solution. Most criminals would still be able to obtain these weapons illegally, leaving people that abide by the law without them for self protection. Actually, in the passage he says most gun crimes are performed with weapons that are already illegally possessed. Taking away a person’s right to own their own firearms also violates the second amendment, which states the right of the people to bear arms. That amendment was put in place so that civilians could overthrow an unjust government if ever put in that situation.
“ Good intentions do not necessarily make good laws. What counts is whether the laws ultimately save lives. Unfortunately, too many gun laws disarm law-abiding citizens, not criminals”(Lott). Criminals will go to any means in order to obtain a gun, most gun laws prevent these people from buying guns from legal businesses, but many criminals can easily obtain a gun by illegal means. “ last year, news broadcasts on the three main TV networks carried about 190,000 words on gun crime stories. Not one segment featured a civilian using a gun to stop a crime. Newspapers are not much better”(Lott). Many people that watch these news programs are brainwashed into thinking that guns can only be used for sinister purposes if not wielded by a police officer. This stigma attached to gun use is not only false, but it is also promoted to keep citizens “safe”. “ Public reaction against guns is understandable given the horrific events shown on TV. But the more than 2 million times each year that Americans use guns defensively are never discussed. In more that 90% of those cases, simply brandishing a weapon is sufficient to cause a criminal to break off an attack”(Lott). When wielding a weapon the average citizen is much safer in the face of an attack than if left defenseless. Children, primarily the ones that are targeted because of their vulnerability, are the main victims of these heinous crimes. Many parents take their children's safety for granted when, in reality, anyone with the means to purchase a gun can storm into a school and target these defenseless children. “ Many of the concerns about accidents and other problems are unwarranted. The real problems at schools occurred only after the ban. The rush of student shootings began in October, 1997 in Pearl, Mississippi”(Lott). Without the threat of guns present the shooters feel at
Former Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer once said "Yes, people pull the trigger - but guns are the instrument of death. Gun control is necessary, and delay means more death and horror". Spitzer’s words makes one think: should we fear the person behind the gun or the gun itself? The majority of violent crimes that happen in America are not only caused by a criminal, but also the weapon in which the criminal is holding. America’s gun violence problem stems from the increasing accessibility of firearms. Many of the mass shootings in America could have been prevented if access to semi-automatic and automatic weapons were completely banned. Gun violence is an arising issue, and a change needs to be made concerning the gun laws in the U.S. Stricter gun control laws is necessary to prevent high accessibility to firearms and mass shootings, also research shows that Australia’s strict gun control laws are proven to be more efficient in preventing gun violence.