Persuasive Essay On Gun Related Shootings

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Gun control is an issue in many aspects; it is a rights issue regarding the second amendment, a safety issue, a political issue, and a racial issue. In 2017 alone, there have been 5,300 gun- related deaths in the US, not including an approximate 22,000 due to suicide. With a higher rate of public shootings and massacres occurring in recent years, this topic has been of high debate. By prohibiting the purchase of firearms by civilians, you violate the 2nd Amendment of the US constitution, protecting gun ownership. Additionally, criminals will be undeterred by gun control laws. This leads to more frequent occurrences of gun violence because civilians will not have access to the means of protecting themselves. In over 75% of cases in gun related deaths, the gun has been purchased illegally. Instead of outlawing the commercial purchase of firearms, why doesn’t the government mandate background checks and focus on crime control? In 1976, the Firearms Control Regulation Act was passed. This made it mandatory for all citizens to register their firearms within 60 days. After that, all guns could not be registered and police officers had to go…show more content…
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