America Needs Stricter Gun Control Laws

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“It is estimated that there are 310 million non – military guns in America” (O’Brien and Stanton). Many people that own a firearm usually have more than one gun. Also, a majority of gun owners feel that owning a firearm is the best way to protect themselves at home. With the large number of guns said to be in America, there needs to be a way to prevent the number of frequently occurring mass shootings. The solution to this issue is called gun control. Gun control needs to be implied more in our society because gun related crimes are mostly committed by those diagnosed with mental illnesses, there is no contradiction with the second amendment, it has the ability to lower the amount of mass shootings in the United States, and universal background checks help prevent mass shootings. Many shootings sere committed by those diagnosed with a mental illness. “Laws cannot regulate responses to emotions, mental illnesses, or past events that foster the concepts and motivations of a killer” (O’Brien and Stanton). What causes these laws to not regulate certain people is that they have a certain mental illness or emotion. Laws cannot regulate the internal emotional force. Laws can only imply to those who are capable of understanding and complying with them. “Emotionally unsound people who wish to find weapons will find weapons through any means necessary” (O’Brien and Stanton). A person who happens to have a certain mental illness may not realize that what they are doing is wrong. Usually the mentally ill find their weapons through taking them from their family members or from purchases that they have made. People that have a mental illness or are on a medication are just one reason why gun control needs to be implied more. A person that hap... ... middle of paper ... ...egistered guns in the United States will decline and the number of mass shootings will also decline. Works Cited Bash, Dana. "Leading Senate Talks Falling Short of Universal Background Checks." CNN.com. Cable News Network. 9 Apr. 2013. Web. 19 Feb. 2014. Hamilton, Matthew. "Gun Maker Will Limit Sales in Protest of California Law." New York Times. 24 Jan. 2014: n. pag. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 19 Feb. 2014. O'Brien, Dan and Betty Stanton. "Gun Control: Exploring the Issues." Inside Homeland Security. 2013: n. pag. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 19 Feb. 2014. “Statement of Senator David Vitter As He Introduces A Bill to Help Protect against the United Nations Interfering with Second Amendment Rights in the United States.” Gun Control: Restricting Rights or Protecting People? Detroit: Gale, 2009. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 6 Feb. 2014.

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