Arguments for Gun Control

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Mary Read was only 19 years old on the last day of her life. An aspiring elementary school teacher, Mary always had a smile on her face. She baked cookies, cakes, and cupcakes for her friends and family. Mary was the oldest of five children, yet she treated everyone she met as a sister or brother. A beloved freshman at Virginia Tech was to be only the beginning for such a beautiful soul, but instead was an end. On April 16, 2007 an undeserving wretched individual took the life of Mary Read along with 31 others. By the means of a gun, she was gone.

When tragedy such as this occurs we must open our eyes to the complacency of society and its laws. The lack of controls has led to irresponsible and evil actions. As a student myself and a concerned mother, wife, & citizen I declare gun control in this country is an absolute must! There are currently too many armed citizens running around. Armed citizens always become armed criminals, which in turn leads to an unsafe environment for everyone. This is why we need to ban gun ownership in the United States all together.

Statistics are commonly used to support peoples’ position in the argument over gun ownership. I intend to do no less. Consider this statistic; in 2008 roughly 10,886 murders were committed with a firearm. This is a valid number on which we must reflect. Imagine if the 10,000+ victims had guns of their own. That statistic could have shockingly stayed the same, just with different victims: the criminals.

Consider another statistic: In 1997, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) surveyed prison inmates on where they obtained the guns they used in their crimes. The result of the survey showed 80% of the guns obtained came from a friend, family member, street buy...

... middle of paper ... a weapon illegally if guns were banned. Again I assert, ban guns, this way when an armed intruder or criminal wants to rob me, hurt me, or kill me he or she has a stronger chance of doing so.

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