Overall, the U.S has become an unsafe environment for American citizens, where its death rate is ten times higher than any other developed nations. Nowadays, Congress has not come up with a solution for these issues. In order to prevent the violence and to reduce the death rates, laws must establish to set restrictions on the background check and gun ownerships. United states, consider as the world’s most dangerous country, where has a lot of people died from gun crimes. In 2010, guns took the lives of 31,076 Americans in homicides, suicides and unintentional shootings, about 85 deaths per a day and 3 deaths within a... ... middle of paper ... ...ep/21/nation/la-na-shooting-background-checks-20130921 (accessed February 21, 2014).
Out of that 100,000 people shot, some of those victims consist of children, bystanders, fathers and mothers. The lethality of guns in 2011 firearms was responsible for 32,163 deaths in America (Alpers). Firearms have been used recklessly and claimed thousands of lives of Americans, increasing the death rate. If gun control was in effect and passed by legislators the deaths in America from firearms would not be so large. What also contributes to these facts is the ability to obtain guns for violent acts of crime which why the government need to suppressed and monitored firearms.
Guns are the reason so many of these bloody incidents happen. Guns do not make the USA a safer country, as they are supposed to. American doctors have compared the rate of deaths related to guns in countries where owning a gun is legal with the same rate of deaths in countries where owning a gun is illegal. They have found that countries like America, where citizens have the right to bear arms, had 10.2 per 100,000 gun-related deaths. Countries like the UK, where this is illegal, had low gun-related deaths of 0.25 per 100,000.
According to the Mother Jones investigation, high-capacity magazines were used in at least 50% of the 62 mass shootings between 1982 and 2012. When high-capacity magazines were used in mass shootings, the death rate rose 63% and the injury rate rose 156%. If the constitution passes laws on high capacity magazines guns, then it will reduce the gun ownership. It proves that these guns are making people from killer into a massive killer. People are inspired by others.
Over 17,000 people are treated for unintentional gunshot wounds. That is only 3% of the fatalities that were unintentional. In 2010, firearms were the third leading cause of death among ten to fourteen year olds and the second leading cause of death for fifteen to twenty four year olds. The leading cause of death for young black males is due to the use of guns. John Lott and David Mustard had researched into the law that al... ... middle of paper ... ...to pass bans on the selling of weapons, which had been proven to have an affect on the crime rate in some states and cities.
In 1976, Washington, DC passed one of the most restrictive gun control laws in the nation. Since then, the city's murder rate has risen 134 percent while the national rate dropped 2 percent. The defenders of the Washington law claim that it isn't working because criminals are getting guns in Virginia, where the laws are more relaxed. However just across the Potomac River, in Arlington Va. has a murder rate less than one tenth of what Washington has? In the 15 states with the highest homicide rates, 10 of which have strict police on gun ownership.
Out of all those crimes, homicides accounted for 11,101 of them (Planty 2013: 1). The issue of controlling firearms could be considered a form of human rights infringement. Some firearms advocates consider that owning firearms is an issue of having the right to defend themselves. Putting stricter gun control laws in place only affect law abiding citizens. Criminals inherently do not follow the laws so it makes sense that gun control laws will not affect them.
The majority of crimes that are committed with guns though involve illicit guns. The crimes committed are in areas with high gun regulation or gun bans (Sisters, 2002). This evidence shows support to the fact that criminals will find the means to obtain guns regardless of gun bans. Washington D.C. is a great example of this issue; during 1976 to 2008, the period D.C. banned handguns, murder rates there increased on average of 73% while the U.S. murder rate was steadily dropping (Agersti & Smith, 2013). In 1982, Chicago also decided to banned handguns.
“A handgun ban is not realistically enforceable. Confiscating guns would require house-to-house searches and alienate the very individuals whose compliances is essential to the success of any regulation. If gun ownership were prohibited, organized crime would step in to provide the firearms that will continue to be procured with criminal intent” (Done Kates). Over the past decade, the media has reported an increase in the severity of violent crimes as individuals have killed and hurt many others, including kids. Since 2006 there have been over 200 mass murders in the United States.
The United States has a history with firearms due to its colonial, revolutionary, and frontier history and guns have been ever-present in American culture. It is true that most countries have semi strict gun laws and most countries have a higher crime rate than the US. But it is also true that most countries have a lower Human Development Index as the US. Background checks are a suitable way of stopping criminals from getting guns. Gun background checks did not prevent massacres in countries with strict gun laws and simply prevent law abiding citizens from getting guns easily.