Persuasive Essay On Gun Violence

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A seemingly normal school day in Newtown, Connecticut, who knew that it would turn into one of the most devastating days of they would ever experience. About 2 years ago, students at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut were involved in the most devastating event of the year. According to an article by the Huffington Post, a mentally troubled man in his twenties named Adam Lanza shot 20 children and six staff members, with his mother’s weapons. His mother had apparently grown up with guns and thought it would be good to have in their house. Prior to driving to the school, he even shot his mother, but his motive is unknown. He drove to the school leaving a 12-gauge shotgun in the car, walking towards the school, he shot through the front entrance. “Lanza moved toward two classrooms of kindergartners and first-graders,” police said. Within five minutes he managed to kill 20 students ages 6 and 7 and six adults. He had fired more than 150 shots from a .223-caliber Bushmaster rifle. When police started to arrive he shot himself in the head, taking his own life. This incident was the deadliest mass shooting at a grade school in the US; in total 26 lives were lost. The issue of gun violence is critical in America because too many lives have been lost because of it. If there were restrictions on guns, the number of casualties would decrease. Background checks are important to have, if the U.S. wants to limit the amount of dangerous people getting guns. According to a study started in December 20121, 9,901 people have been killed since the Newtown shooting, not including suicides. Since Newtown, there have been 16 mass shootings. If there were restrictions on guns, the number of mass shootings would have to decrease, becau... ... middle of paper ... ...t get along with. They usually have conflict among themselves and want to shoot and kill each other because of that. In their ‘kill or be killed’ lifestyle, it’s every man for themselves. It has been said that Chief Keef, a rapper who lives in Chicago, known among most teenagers, is increasing gang violence. He may not necessarily be in a gang himself, but he raps about them. In his songs he raps about gangs, drugs, and violence; the fact that most teens nowadays listen to his songs it increases violence among them. To conclude, guns should not be in the hands on individuals unless they get a thorough background check. Background checks should thoroughly check through medical records and criminal records. Police officers and military personnel should be the only ones allowed to have guns with them in public, while the people should only have guns where it’s legal.
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