The harder it is for kids to get guns, the safer they’ll be. More than 20,000 children and youth under the age of 20 years old are injured or killed by guns in the U.S. The easy accesses kids have to getting their hands on guns are a major reason why firearms are the second leading cause of death among the youth. The majority of deaths by guns in the youth are homicides. About one-third of them are suicides.
You can try to force everyone to lock up their guns, but not everyone will listen. The easier solution is to ban the handguns from being purchased. These children living in homes with guns are at an inordinate risk. In a normal day in the United States, eight children and teens will die from gunfire. Gun death peaks between the ages of 15 and 24, were boys and girls are naturally curious about life and learn their lessons through trial and error.
If it were illegal for children to be taught to use a gun then I believe that children would realize and learn that guns are dangerous and there’s a reason why they’re illegal, which would cause a huge decrease in children being injured or killed. Among the youngest children,those younger than 4, the number of accidental gun deaths more than doubled, to 25 kids a year. In Massachusetts, a boy found his mother’s handgun under her mattress and took it out for a spin even after she told him never to touch the gun. The media had full coverage on the situation and reported, “But the lure of the gun was irresistible. He decided to show it off to his neighbor, 12-year-old Brian Crowell.
Not only are children at risk but also adults. A study by Arthur Kellerman shows that “the risk of homicide in the home is three times greater in households with guns.”(2) He implies that guns stored in the home are more often used to kill a familiar person than an intruder. Gun owners do not always know who they’re shooting when they pull the trigger, often the victim of this shooting is a family member.
Indeed gun ownership has contributed to significant decline in the crime rates and therefore gun laws should be changed to make it easier for Americans to purchase handguns, carry them as concealed weapons, and better protect themselves. False misconceptions surround gun control The first false misconception is that thousands of children perish annually in gun related accidents. The mainstream media doesn’t give the true picture of the gun accidents concerning children which is actually record low. According to Spitzer, there were 642 deaths for children under the age of 15 years and of which only 142 were from gun related accidents in 1997. These other deaths can be attributed from accidents involving space heaters, bikes and drowning among others.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that more guns in an environment means more shots fired. Since 2007, the Violence Policy Center has observed a minimum of 579 fatal incidents involving concealed carry permit holders nationwide ("Concealed Carry Permit Holders Threaten Public Safety, VPC Research Shows”). The ability to carry guns causes problems all across America; therefore, bringing guns into schools would also cause problems. Despite the common assumption, holding a gun does not provide extra protection it rather endangers everyone. Though the majority finds arming teachers the solution to all problems, the majority is utterly mistaken.
Critics call this the “gun show loophole” allowing gun owners to buy and sell guns as if they were selling from their home without the need for more strict background checks and waiting periods before acquiring the gun. Supporters of buying guns without background checks do not believe this is a “loophole” because they believe guns will just be obtained illegally anyway. (2) Currently with easy access to guns, gun violence occurs all too commonly on our streets, in our schools and workplaces. A child or teen is killed or injured by guns every 30 minutes. (3) Young children and teens have become insensitive to this gun culture, and in many neighborhoods, children expect to die violently, probably by being shot.
There are many cases where children were injured or killed in gun accidents because the gun owner did not put it in a safe place. Instead of worrying about whether we should or should not have guns we should point out how to have responsible gun ownership, which should also be taught to children so accidents like these could be prevented. Again gun control is not needed since it does not stop crime from happening and also since it is not the guns fault it is the stupidity of people that are holding the guns.
In my opinion, in the long run their would be even more guns and we would be living in a safer society. First off, Ryan Somma Writes,“ I recently read news of a four-year old child in our neighborhood who accidentally killed himself after finding his father’s gun placed in the nightstand drawer” (Somma 6). We have all heard stories of this happening before and it is devastating to say the least. I believe that there are things that we could do to lower the number of gun related accidents in America and some of these changes may be radical. I think that if schools offered gun safety classes at all ages, potential mass murderers would have to think about what they are doing and that maybe entering a school would be dangerous to them.
On the other hand, of those who have tried to kill themselves repeatedly, 4% succeed. About 15-50% of children who are attempting suicide have tried it before. That means that for every 300 suicide attempts, there is one completed suicide. What makes a child more likely to attempt suicide? HealthyPlace.com Video Teen Suicide: Too Young To Die Is Your Child Depressed?