What is it About Gun Control?

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John J. Lozano, Staff Writier

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Gun control in the United States should be stricter for the safety of the American people. Gun control laws may be restricting but in the end, they will protect the people of the United States more than it will harm them.  Many Americans fail to realize the benefits in national security that occur in countries that have strict gun laws or get rid of guns altogether. People tend to dwell in situations that a gun would be handy in, but ignore the fact that homicide, suicide, and accidental death are much more likely to occur when a gun is inside the house. The fewer guns that people have the fewer people that will die by a bullet.

The Port Arthur massacre in Australia was an event where a man, Martin Bryant killed 35 men, women, and children in the small town Port Arthur, Australia. He was said to have a slight mental condition. In response to this, the Australian government prompted strict rules against gun ownership and over sixty-four thousand guns were confiscated by the Australian government. After the installation of stricter laws, Australia has not gone through another massacre since Port Arthur which was in April of 1996. Also, in Japan in 2008 there were eleven homicides with the use of a gun. Why? Because of their strict gun laws. The United States has gone through ten times the massacres since the 90’s and still, people still insist that massacres like these should be met with more guns or that guns were not the cause of these events.

In the U.S. it is more likely that one is to kill themselves when they have a gun. In 2010 over nineteen thousand three hundred were added to the suicide rated with the use of the gun. The study also states that 85 percent of gun suicides end in death. Why can people see that these problems all have the same route? Guns. The U.S. is putting its citizens in danger by letting them have guns in almost all ways of life. Also as it is now almost anyone can purchase a firearm. One with a mental disease, an immigrant with no citizenship, and much more people that most people wouldn’t feel comfortable knowing they have a gun can access guns freely at their own regard.

Guns are real representations of violence. The people of the United States as a whole that guns are dangerous in the hands of civilians. With the ease that it takes to buy a gun one should shiver in fear about who is buying a gun or has access to a gun at this very moment. The people of the United States have failed to realize that in many countries that have adopted stricter gun control laws there are significantly less likely to have a major massacre and has a significantly lower number of homicides and suicides.   

 

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