Gun violence has been rising and has become a most challenging and serious issue. There have been 1,516 mass shootings in 1,735 days and more than 33,000 people are fatally shot by firearms in the US each year. There are way more mass shootings in the US than in any other nations in the world. According to the article of Vox, the total number of gun deaths altogether in the US from 2000 to 2013 surpasses the number of American killed by Aids, illegal drug overdoses, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and terrorism combined. It should be clear by now this level of gun violence is a uniquely serious American issue amongst the developed countries.
According to the CDC, “Guns are responsible for over thirty-three thousand deaths in the United States annually. Gun Control is a set of laws that controls the use of guns by civilians. The Gun Control Act was signed as October 22, 1968 but was updated in 1993. As of February 23, 2018 seventy percent of people favor stricter gun laws and twenty-seven oppose of them. I believe that the Gun Control Laws should be stricter here around the United States because almost everyday something bad is happening by the use of a gun.
Gun Control and Mass Shootings in America Gun violence is an unquestionable issue in America, with the United States ranking as one of the worst with both homicides and suicides using guns. That being said, we outnumber Mexico in gun related deaths and among first-world countries we rank far above others in the number of gun deaths, such as England and Australia. Consequently, we live in one of the only first world countries that does not have extensive gun laws and restrictions to gun access. Aside from the countless homicides and suicides by firearm in this country, one particular issue within this predicament is mass shootings, with the most recent mass shooting occurring on February 14th, 2018 at a high school in Parkland, Florida where 17 people were killed. Although, it may seem like an easy fix to just implement gun control laws into our society to eliminate gun violence, but it is important to note that Americans own nearly half of all firearms globally, which is roughly 325 million guns;
The U.S alone has 35% to 50% of the world 's civilian owned Firearms(Time 2013. Pg 14, 15). Most likely you have at least one or know someone that keeps a gun in their house. Because of mass shootings we hear about in the news such as, the theater shooting in Aurora Co. in 2012 and Columbine massacre in 1999, the most recent that took place in Hesston at Excel industries. There is a problem with gun related violence in the U.S. but there is a perception that it has suddenly worsened, in reality things have been in bad for a while.
One author of an article finds out through his research that around 30,000 people die each year from guns (Lunger 10). The article goes on listing some more of the specifics of who is killed by firearms every year such as, around 600 people of these victims are under the age of fifteen, and about 3,500 are between the ages of fifteen to 19. Note that only around a seventh of these deaths occur because of accidents with a firearm. More than half of the deaths (53%) are due to suicides. The rest of the deaths caused by firearms are because of homicides.
There should be gun control in the United States. It seems that a growing amount of accidental shootings take place in our nation. The safety of ourselves and fellow citizens is in jeopardy. Like I mentioned before, the amount of accidental shootings in the U.S. is horrendous.
The FBI counted 172 cases of mass killings between 2006 and 2011. That does not include some large states such as Florida, for example Poor reporting by police agencies to the FBI also means some mass killings were left out, while others that don’t meet the standard were included” That means that their are a lot of mass shootings and a lot of people dying because of people who have a weapon and because this law was not restricted anyone is allowed to buy weapons. However in most of the mass killings the average age is 31 and the youngest was 14, see how a boy at such a age can get a hold of a weapon. . The most important reason handguns should be outlawed is because too many
Based on. “Although African Americans make up only 13 percent of the population, they constitute 48 percent of all murder victims—93 percent of whom are killed by other blacks—and they commit 51 percent of the murders in which the case is solved. A standard argument against the death penalty is that it is racist because 40 percent of those on death row are African American”(Tucker). This is saying that out of 100 people sentenced on death row, 40 or more of them are usually african american. That is a high number of people to be executed for murders, which occur daily across America.
The date is February 16th, 2018. The world has only reached its 46th day of the year and yet we have already bore witness to over 30 mass shootings in the United States. While politicians and our own President refuse to accept the real problem with the situation, citizens across the USA are fighting to rid the undeserving of their deadly assault weapons. In a New York Times article titled "Mass Shootings Don 't Have To Be Inevitable", James Steinberg addresses questions we are left to ask when the tragedy strikes and we are desperate for answers. Why is destructive ammunition so easy to obtain?
It is no secret that there is a gun violence issue in Miami-Dade County. Although it has become common nature in our society, statistics show that gun violence has drastically gone down since the 1980’s. The Miami Herald states that in the early 80’s Miami-Dade recorded an average of 500 homicides per year. In contrast, in 2016, there were only 187 shooting homicides. In the United States, gun violence is the cause for about 30,000 deaths and 60,000 injuries every year.
Chicago and other major cities remain in the news, as they continue to struggle with high murder rates. In fact, the city of Chicago has witnessed a 50 percent increase in its murder rate in only a one year period, and this area is not alone. Thankfully, cities across America and noticing violent and property crime rates remain at historic lows. The new adminstration has noted the increase in murder rates, but needs to also consider that other crimes on are the decline, which is always a good thing.
Gun Violence Gun Violence has become a serious issue In the United Sates. “According to the National Crime Victimization Survey, 467,321 persons were victims of a crime committed with a firearm in 2011. In the same year, data collected by the FBI show that firearms were used in 68 percent of murders, 41 percent of robbery offenses and 21 percent of aggravated assaults nationwide.” (NIJ). Most homicides are committed with firearms and the numbers continue to increase.
Over the years, racism and police brutality incidents have become a controversial topic among the society. The main reason for this is because both topics go hand and hand with each other. Even though officers are faced with many life-threatening situations every day, forcing them to make split second decisions, racism and racial profiling are the main cause for police brutality rates and the government should start doing things to stop it because many innocent people are getting hurt and killed. Is it ok for a police officer to pull over a black driver for a simple traffic offense and use excessive force while searching them? But, doesn't do the same to a white person?