Gun Violence: Regulations That Uphold the Right to Bear Arms

opinion Essay
1317 words
1317 words

Second Amendment to 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." With the uprising of school shootings and killing sprees, it is rarely disputed that there must be something done about the issue of gun violence. Stricter gun laws are not the answer, however, regulations in some way are necessary as long as the rights of the people to keep and bear arms is not infringed on. Enforcing stricter gun control laws threaten to disarm America’s citizens and make it even more unsafe. The problem is clearly the people that are using the guns. Gun violence can be solved through decreasing high school dropout rates, decrease illegal drug operations, and increased funding for mental health treatment.
The U.S Department of Justice reported: “In 2011, a total of 478,400 fatal and nonfatal violent crimes were committed with a firearm” (Michael Planty). The FBI that same year showed that guns were used in 68 percent of homicides, 41 percent of robbery offenses and 21 percent of aggravated assaults nationwide (Office of Justice Programs). “More than 500 children die annually from accidental gunshots. Some shoot themselves, while others kill friends or siblings after discovering a gun” (Momlogic). Gun-control laws can’t stop a criminal and, guns in your home, used for defense, can be harmful. The United States can do a few things to help without making more firearm laws.
“The percent of US crimes that are committed by a high school dropout is 75 %” (Michael Planty). If we can decrease issues such as high school dropout rates, we can, not only decrease gun violence, but overall crime as well. A report from...

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In this essay, the author

  • Opines that reducing high school dropout rates can reduce gun violence and aggravated assaults. parents need to be aware of what goes on with their children.
  • Opines that if a parent doesn't provide the necessary support, there are programs in their communities and schools, which can help.
  • Cites fight crime: invest in kids' 2008 publication, "school or the streets."
  • Cites michael planty, ph.d., and jennifer l. truman. firearm violence, 1993-2011.
  • Opines that stricter gun laws are not the answer to the issue of gun violence, but regulations are necessary as long as the rights of the people to keep and bear arms is not infringed.
  • Opines that the national institute of justice is applying a focused deterrence approach to certain city's gun problem by targeting drug dealers operating in open markets within city neighborhoods.
  • Opines that the cost of providing government-funded mental health care is the only down side.
  • Cites patterson, gary jr.'s article, the best way to end gun violence? end the war on drugs.
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