Guns have been a major problem for years upon years in the United States. Many people have concerned about gun control and they are protesting strongly against “bearing arms”. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed firearms as the #12 cause of all deaths between 1999 and 2013, representing 1.3% of total deaths. They were also the #1 method of death by homicide (66.6% of all homicides) and by suicide (52.2% of all suicides)” (qtd. in "Gun Control"). A gun is a big factor that threatens human life. People use it to commit suicide or commit crime, and in those situations it can cause death and serious injuries. The FBI says, “Firearms are used in roughly 7 in 10 killings” between 2013 and 2014 (qtd. In Simon and Sanchez). Considering the amount of gun death that involve in dire situations are more than in the cases that protect or help civilians.
In 1993, there were eighty-five thousand crimes involving guns. Even with the enactment of some gun control regulations, murder rates have only decreased eighteen percent over the past twenty years. In fact, seventy-five percent of homicides involving all weapons, not just guns, were committed by those under the age of twenty-four (Gottlieb, 1991). In robberies and assaults, unarmed victims tend to be more likely to die once the perpetrator is armed with a weapon (Gottlieb, 1991). Firearms are usually the main weapons used in robberies or assaults because they are convenient. “Thirty percent of homicides in the United States occurred in the four large cities of New York City, Washington D.C., Detroit, and Chicago” (Gottlieb, 1991). One thing all of these cities have in common is they have the strictest regulations in the nation in regard to the purchase of guns (Gottlieb, 1991). Therefore, one can conclude that gun control is ineffective at curbing violent
For decades, American citizens have been somewhat forced to sit back and watch innocent lives be taken at the hands of careless gun possessors. It seems as though every day there is a new story line that has something to do with gun violence. From night club shootings, neighborhood homicides, suicides, college campus and school shootings how could a person ever feel safe in America? Gun control and gun violence as a whole is an issue that America has been battling for years on end. It comes as no surprise that America has dealt with a rise in consistent and constant gun violence tragedies more frequent than years prior; so it seems. Guns are dangerous and they are taking the lives of innocent victims, children, and by standers on a daily basis.
The sociological aspect of the gun control debate deals largely with statistical information, and is often used by gun control advocates for their debates. It doesn’t take a fool to see a positive correlation between position of firearms and death caused by firearms regardless of the intent of each death (murder or mishandling of firearms). According to researches done by the Harvard School of Public Health, statistically speaking, owning a gun is more likely to kill you than to defend you  in your home. In addition, our current screening system for gun purchase applications does very little to help keep the death tolls down. In the past few years mass shooting has become a frequent topic on the news, in fact, the number of mass shootings has dramatically increased from 5 per year in 2000, to 13 per year in 2013. And a majority of these shooters has obtaine...
A study from the American College of Physicians show that firearm homicides and suicides account for 95.9% of the 464,033 gun-related deaths in the United States of America between 1999 and 2013. This statistic shows the terrifying number of intentional gun-related deaths in a country with looser gun control. Also, people who possess weapons and firearms tend to be involved in violence. With America’s high gun ownership of approximately 112 guns per 100 residents, that tendency seems inevitable to most civilians. A study published in the American Journal of Public Health concludes that “legal purchase of a handgun appears to be associated with a long-lasting increased of risk of violent death” (Cummings, Grossman, Koepsell, Savarino and Thompson, 1). This study shows that being exposed to guns will eventually lead to violence. By enforcing stricter gun control and ownership, gun-related homicide and suicide rates are bound to drop. Not to mention, large homicidal acts such as mass shootings are associated with the possession and use of legal firearms. The article “How They Got Their Guns” by The New York Times illustrate that “a vast majority of guns used in 16 recent mass shootings, including two guns believed to be used in the last Orlando attack, were bought legally and with a federal background check” (Buchanan, Keller, Oppel and Victor, 1). With such
In recent times, gun violence and gun control have been a major topic covered by nearly all news outlets. Many people have differing opinions about what the United States should do with their Gun Control Policies. Should they be left as they are or should there be new regulations to attempt to curtail violence in America? Would laws stop crime; in other words, do criminals abide by the law? Many news outlets cover the topic of gun control differently. Special interest groups also have a large influence on the view of gun control. The abundance of media attention and special interest groups greatly affects the publics’ opinion of gun control.
The right to bear arms has been an important conversation in America for decades. As of recent tragedies such as the Sandy Hook shooting and the Aurora Colorado Theater shooting, the debate is more heated than ever. From large-scale massacres to single fatality shootings, gun violence is unwarranted and heartbreaking. However, the Second Amendment protects individual citizens’ right to own firearms: “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,” it states (Bill of Rights). Although this part of the Bill of Rights has not been changed in United States’ history, some citizens argue that, because the Constitution is a working document, this should be adapted to fit current needs and protect communities. Citizens who wish tip the scale in favor of the community’s protection argue that guns are dangerous, easy to access, popular weapons that allow disgruntled or mentally unstable citizens to “inflict mass causalities” and were originally only intended for use in a militia (Joe Messerli). On the other hand, those who wish to benefit civilians argue that taking away guns restrains individual liberty and that gun control would prove futile because criminals would find ways such as the black market to obtain guns, weapons can serve as self-defense prevent crimes, and reasonable restrictions would be more effective than an outright ban (Joe Messerli). Both arguments have valid, well developed ideas, and both sides tend to be passionate in debate.
Gun rights and gun control have long been the topics of popular debate here in US. Strict gun control laws that ban guns/ make them difficult to obtain for law abiding citizens in New York City are not the solution to the problem of violent gun crime. These laws do more harm than good by infringing the rights of and criminalizing law abiding citizens. By not allowing law abiding citizens to defend themselves efficiently, these laws make them ideal targets for the outlaws (Journal of Business and Economic Research). Banning or restricting firearms has no correlation with the number of deaths or suicide (Harvard Journal Of Law and Public Policy). One of the main arguments for strict gun control is that violence should not be met by violence; doing so would only increase it (Civil Liberties Review). They also argue that strict gun control is something that the majority of the population wants hence it is beneficial (New Labor Forum of Murphy Institute). My paper is going to focus mainly on New York, with some discussion of other places.
“Our love is to possess arms, though they hope never to have occasion for them.” Since this quote that Thomas Jefferson once said, guns and their capabilities have changed history throughout the world and have affected all most everyone living in today’s society. Gun control and gun polices have created an upheaval among a growing amount of nations. With increasing gun rate crime and the ease of accessibility to obtain firearms in some places in the world, states inside America and countries around the world have altered its stance on gun control and their laws. From strong gun control and strict trafficking in Germany, too little to very light restrictions and laws on firearms in Kentucky, guns, either way, are a controversial issue that today’s society must face.
Supporters of weapon control and the collective rights approach indicate the human expenses of firearms. It has been assessed that financially the cost of gun violence is on the border of $100 billion per year. In 2002, 71.1% of murders, 9 42.1% of robberies ° and 19% of aggravated assaults committed in the United States involved firearms. In 2001, nearly 30,000 Americans died as a direct result of gunfire, whether by murder, suicide, or accident.12 An additional 63,012 Americans were injured by firearms and 1433 youths under the age of 18 were killed by firearms.13 But opponents of gun control dismiss the relevance of these statistics in determining the meaning of the Second Amendment. They argue that the text and framers ' intent, and not social policy, should control constitutional interpretation. Also, of course, they will dispute whether gun control is likely to make any difference as to these harms.”(Chemerinsk, 2004, pg.
There exist various reasons behind the violence that is occurring in the United States and in other countries as well. Robert F. Drinan (2005), a professor at Georgetown University law school, states in his article about violence and American society, that the main reason behind juvenile-related crimes in the United States is because of the availability of handguns. Drinan asserts that “more than 20,000 persons are killed in the United States each year by small weapons.” Handguns are the source of violence anywhere in the world because, “a significant number of the guns used in civil wars, in violence against women and by groups of criminals can be traced to the United States” (Drinan, 2005). Moreover, homicide rates in the United States are much higher than they are in other countries. But handguns can also prove to be effective for society because they serve as “public safety” (Jonathan Cowan, 2002), and therefore they cannot be the main reason behind all these crimes that are occurring. Without handguns, people will feel defenceless and therefore...
In America guns have been a part of the country’s society since it’s birth. Throughout history the citizens of the US have used firearms to protect the nation, protect their families, hunt for food and engage in sporting activities. The issue of Guns and gun control is complex. Weighing the rights and liberties of the individual against the welfare and safety of the public has always been a precarious balancing act. In the United States, gun control is one of these tumultuous issues that has both sides firmly entrenched in their positions. Those parties in favor of gun ownership and the freedom to use and keep arms, rely on the fact that the provision for such rights is enshrined in their constitution. In this climate of growing violence, rife with turmoil and crime, gun advocates feel more than ever that their position is justified. As citizens of the “Land of the Free” possessing a gun is a fundamental right, and may even be a necessity... Anti- gun lobbyists point to the same growing violence and gun related crimes in an effort to call on the government to take action. By enacting more laws and stricter control, these people not in favor of guns feel society would be better safer.