The Importance of Gun Control Laws in the United States

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On December 14, 2012, twenty-year old Adam Lanza shot and killed six adult staff members and twenty children in a killing spree at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Before arriving at the school, Lanza shot and killed his mother at their Newtown home. Just as first respondents arrived, he committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. With “safe” gun laws intact, a mentally ill person such as Adam Lanza should not have been able to obtain deadly firearms. America’s gun laws have proven to be ineffective and inefficient in keeping citizens safe with the rising number of gun related deaths, which supports the need for stronger gun control laws. With more than two decades of reporting youth gun violence, CDF’s (Children’s Defense Fund) latest installments makes it clear that America’s obsession with firearms continues to result in the senseless loss of young lives. In 2007 the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reported that a total of 3,042 children and teens died by firearms – a number that is nearly equal to the total number of U.S. combat deaths in Iraq and four times the number of American combat fatalities in Afghanistan. In Guns and Crime, 2012, Christine Watkins states, “we must act to end the culture of violence that desensitizes us…to the value of life. We cannot allow these shots to go unheard.” With over 280 million guns in American civilian hands, the horrible truth is that there is no “safe haven” to hide from gun violence. Children and teens are not safe from firearms at home, school, or anywhere else in U.S. Many supporters of stronger gun control laws acknowledge the fact that, “America’s children and society as a whole deserve more.” Common sense gun laws can make a difference i... ... middle of paper ... ...own them as well for sensible gun laws. To sum it up, America not only needs stronger gun control laws, but a vast majority of its citizens welcome these laws with open arms. Stronger gun control laws are needed to keep people like Adam Lanza from harming the thousands of innocents in America. With tragedies like Newtown, the gun lobby should in fact be supportive of laws that require gun owners and buyers to show registration. Furthermore, despite what the gun lobbyist claim, majority of Americans are in favor of common sense gun laws because they understand that such laws will help reduce the senseless violence among America’s youth and society as a whole. So that in the future instead of simply making a statement of, “We grieve and pray for those who lost their lives,” America will have stronger gun laws in place that will prevent such losses to ever occur again.

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