Gun Laws In America

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Guns have been an integral part of the history of not only the United States, but of the United Kingdom for many of the past few centuries. The US has long been known for its more lenient gun laws (compared to the rest of the world), while the UK has been known for being very strict with theirs. Gun laws in both the US and the UK have become more prominent and widely discussed since the 1800s due to the widespread availability of guns, and the concern that criminals have easy access to them. Also, because citizens are afraid that too much gun legislation will result in their lack of being able to protect themselves from criminals. Guns have been a deeply rooted part of American culture since its earliest founding days. When the Bill of Rights…show more content…
In fact, according to the General Social Survey 1972-2006 data, “approximately 41.6% of U.S. households report that guns are present.” To add onto this, in 1994 alone, there were 38,505 gun-related deaths, with 70% of total homicides also being related to firearms. From 1985 to 1992, the number of firearms produced rose by 92%, and with it rose the number of deaths. The number of firearm-related deaths grew up 48% between 1985 and 1992, from 8,902 to 13,220 deaths. It is clear that the number of gun-related deaths rose greatly from 1985 to 1992, and then to…show more content…
Unfortunately, a ban on all guns in the US would be very ineffective at reducing gun-related violence. As long as the Black Market exists, criminals will always be able to easily purchase firearms from there, and the threat of them using their guns for robberies, murders, etc, will still exist. What will not exist anymore is the ability for the common man to protect himself. Since all guns would be banned, only criminals who purchase them from the black market would be able to acquire them, meaning citizens who previously have not owned guns would be without them if they get robbed, attempted murder,
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