The Importance Of Gun Control And Mass Shootings In America

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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; when guns out number people in a society, it creates a clear safety issue. The southern states especially have a large “gun culture,” where owning firearms is more important to them than any other issue and they continually oppose any kind of gun control. Nevertheless, there are a few steps that can be taken to better protect our society from mass shootings (Fox, 2018). With our country being responsible for more than 30% of mass shooters it is clear that this is a problem that
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