Gun control is necessary in order to have a peaceful city, country and world. Without gun control, many lives will be taken for unnecessary reasons. Not only should things be settled in a different way, but violence is never the answer.
According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, “An average of 1,297 children die annually from gun-related injuries, making guns the third-leading cause of death for children in the United States. Another 5,790 children in the U.S. are brought to the ER for gun-related injuries each year, and about 21% of those injuries are unintentional.” We cannot keep ignoring this. We need to take action.First of all, the Second Amendment of the U.S.
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.” Our forefathers created this amendment in 1791, when they were attacked by the British and had no means of protecting themselves and their freedom. Additionally, guns at the time were a fairly new invention, with a limited range of only about 50 yards, and they could only fire a single shot before having to be reloaded. I am doubtful they imagined us to have guns that could shoot multiple rounds in less than a second.
Guns are are American right, but owners must be responsible, competent, and understand the privilege of being able to keep one.According to CNN on how easy it is to get a gun, “Required information includes: name, address, place of birth, race and citizenship. A social security number is only “optional,” though it’s recommended.” It goes on to talk about the questions that are asked, such as “Have you ever been convicted of a felony?” The store then calls the FBI, who runs a quick background check.
This seems reasonable and logical, and it is in theory. However, people are not questioned about their mental stability, intentions with the gun, or drug use, etc. They are really only asked if they are a current criminal. According to the FBI, “More than 100,000,000 such checks have been made in the last decade, leading to more than 700,000 denials.” This is less than 1% of all firearm sales! It’s harder to get a driver’s license, which in most states is extremely easy to get.Another reason that gun control is so important is that guns are unnecessary for civilian use and provide an extremely easy route for violence.
In 98% of civilian gun defenses, no shot is fired. Guns are used as purely a fear tactic, and pretty soon criminals will realize this. They will no longer be afraid of a civilian with a gun, and as a result, guns will be useless, as no good-hearted civilian really wants to kill anyone. As a nation that loves proclaiming being the best in the world, let’s stop ignoring gun deaths in our own country, as well as around the world. If we want to lead, let’s lead in changing directions when it comes to our gun culture.The final reason is that gun control works.
According to the CDC, “In 1996, a mass shooter in Port Arthur, Australia killed 35 people, which resulted in Prime Minister John Howard launching the law to halt gun ownership completely in the country. Non-firearm-related homicides, however, stayed at the same level. To this day, there have been 0 mass shootings in Australia since the mass shooting in 1996, when, after the controls and checks were put into place, over 650,000 semi and fully automatic weapons were destroyed across the country.” This means that gun use has diminished into practically nothing, and criminals and murderers haven’t found another route, as other means of homicide have stayed the same. Now, this doesn’t mean that no one has died since then as result of a gun, but they haven’t had mass shootings. The U.S. on the other hand, had 427 mass shootings in 2017 alone.
58 innocent people were killed at a concert just last year, with nearly 500 others injured. The hotel had allowed the man to have 47 loaded firearms in his room. The victims were only there to enjoy a concert.
There is no justifiable reason for this. An argument gun advocates have is that guns don’t kill people, people kill people. While this is true, what do those people use to kill? Guns, at least primarily. Guns that are sold in convenience stores. Guns that, if extreme precautions aren’t placed, can seriously injure or kill children or other innocent people due to misfires.
People should have the right to keep and bear arms if they deem it necessary, but they must not feel free to do whatever they want with them. Guns, while part of American culture, should not also be our demise.