The second leading cause of injury in the United States are gun-related deaths. In 1997, the amount of gun related deaths exceeded the amount of motor vehicle related deaths in five states and the District of Columbia. 54% of all gun related deaths, in 2010, were suicides and 42% were homicides. According to polls, 92% of homicides were due to young black males with itchy trigger fingers. Over 17,000 people are treated for unintentional gunshot wounds.
Without sufficient gun control laws, the death rate in the United States is incredibly high. Gun violence in the United States results in thousands of deaths and many times more injuries annually. Many countries have death rates of gun violence at or lower than 200. This, as will be shown later, is quite It is reported that out of twenty-seven developed countries, the U.S. has the highest rate of gun deaths and the number is more than forty times larger than the deaths of Great Britain by guns (O’Brien 1). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2013, firearms were used in 84,258 nonfatal injuries and homicide deaths reached 11,208, suicide rates of 21,175, and accidental deaths by guns reaching a death count of 505 (23).
Guns are recurrent in the news, as more and more cases of tragic public shootings and school massacres are being reported. These weapons separate the United States of America into those who own these unnecessary weapons and those who are vulnerable to this twisted society. Organisations like the National Rifle Association, or the NRA, support these easily preventable butcherings because they believe it is a ‘right’ to bear arms. But is it? Guns make America an unsafe country, with most individuals living in fear.
It is true that more than 30,000 people are killed from guns each year but, it is also true that gun control laws only cause more murders and fatalities. Gun control effects hunters, outdoorsman, clubs, and most importantly the safety of American citizens. The effects of gun control range from the loss of food to the safety of American families. Gun control would cause a slippery slope situation. Though people think gun control is a good thing the effects will show to be too severe.
• But as time goes by, the support has been declining to 52 percent. People should really be aware of the consequences of such loose regulations of gun laws. Each year, tens-of-thousands of people we... ... middle of paper ... ...ot that has been used as self-defense was probably trying to protect oneself from a person who was trying to harm him with another gun. • Others might say that you need a gun to protect yourself. But if there were enough polices, which is the new policy included in gun control, and people have the knowledge and responsibility of the usage of guns, why would you need a gun to protect yourself?
Every day in America two hundred sixty-eight people are shot (“11 Facts”). That adds up to more than ninety-seven thousand people every year. Which means ninety-seven thousand people die an unnecessary and easily preventable death. If there were better gun laws, that number would be zero. It is horrible to think that we can live in a country, a world, where so many people die and are taken from their families so violently.
More people kill themselves with guns than other methods. Every year, “approximately 400 American children needlessly die and more than 3,500 are wounded because of unintentional firearm injuries” (Glatt, 2005). According to Hahn, Bilukha, Crosby, Fullilove, Liberman, Moscicki, Snyder, Tuma & Briss (2005), although rates of gun violence in the United States have decreased since 1993, they were still the second reason of injury death in 2001. This research paper will clarify gun control and violence in the United States by responding to the following questions: 1. Why has gun control been such a difficult issue in American politics?
If they’re loaded someone’s bound to get hurt.”(Dolan 7-8). America has one of the highest death rates due to guns, however, gun deaths are on the rise in other countries, such as, Great Britain, France, Germany, and Australia (Hawkes 4). In the United States handguns are used in more than 184,000 armed robberies every year and more than 11,000 murders and manslaughter’s (Hawkes 6). Every 20 minutes someone in the United States dies by a gun as a result of murders, accidents, or suicides (Hawkes 5). Although, all guns are deadly, the most dangerous is the handgun (Dolan 9).
Gun control is necessary because there are too many people who are killed by gun. According to the Brady Campaign, “Every day in the U.S, averages of 289 people are shot. Eighty-six of them die: 30 are murdered, 53 kill themselves, two die accidentally, and one is shot in a police intervention.” Those numbers are shocking. We should feel ashamed when we compare our number with other countries’ number. According to data compiled by the United Nations, the United States has four times as many gun-related homicides per capita as do Turkey and Switzerland, which are tied for third.
Yes, they would cut back on many crimes, but they will not completely “cure” all of them. People who are for gun control commonly base their decision on myths. Here are just a few of the many myths about gun control: ¥ Gun Control Saves Lives ¥ Guns Should be Banned Because They Kill Thousands of People Each Year ¥ Gun Control Reduces Crime Above are just three of the many myths of gun control. Let’s take a closer look at each one of these. Gun Control Saves Lives “The truth is gun control costs lives, as evidenced by cities which enforce near total bans on firearms ownership.