Gun violence

In the United States there have been many cases of violence, specifically gun violence, including mass shootings. Statistics from articles on The Brady Campaign website state that in the United States, just in a year, an average of 108,000 people in America are shot in murders, assaults, suicides/suicide attempts, unintentional shootings, or by police intervention. According to the website Heeding God’s Call, the U.S. has more gun homicides annually, 10,000, than any other country.

The debate over gun control in the U.S. has been stirred up over the recent mass killings. What is gun control? Gun control is the government regulation of the manufacture, sale, and possession of fire arms.

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Even with all the shootings in the U.S., many people are against gun control. According to Smartgunlaws.org people claim “that they need guns for protection or for their safety.”

Opponents of gun control laws argue that Americans have the right to bear arms. They say that gun control laws would prevent individuals from defending themselves and their property lawfully. They also support the rights of hunters, sport shooters, and recreational gunmen. One of the most common laws that these groups cite is the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. This 27-word passage has the famous phrase “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” The argument that gun control opponents make is that the right to own and use weapons is an undeniable personal freedom guaranteed by the Constitution.

Proponents of gun control believe that stronger gun laws can prevent the needless loss of life. Even individuals who support gun rights acknowledge that certain people should not be permitted to own guns. Current gun control laws prevent criminals, mentally ill individuals, and children from owning guns.

Unfortunately, there have been instances where young people and deranged gunmen have obtained weapons and used them to commit mass murders. Also, others argue that there are too many criminals that can still purchase a gun legally and then go and commit crimes.

Even though thee controversy of gun control has become a big issue recently, there will always be a debate regarding the issue of having guns, until they make laws that most people will agree on. This is something that will be very difficult to do however, since everyone will always have an opinion on whether they believe people should or shouldn’t be able to have guns.

I think gun control should be more heavily enforced, as more guns fall into the hands of the wrong people. I feel as though there is no need to carry an armed weapon, and there is just too much violence with guns. I also feel as though people don’t really use guns for protection purposes, instead they simply have them so that they can feel more powerful, and this is not a good reason as to why people should have guns. These are some of the reasons why I think gun control laws should be enforced more.

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