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.
According to the Guardian newspaper (2013), the estimated total number of guns held by civilians in the United States is 270,000,000. Also, gun ownership has increased dramatically in the United States by 88.8 percent per 100 residents, and this is due to many reasons. Firstly, owning a gun by society members shouldn 't be permitted because it damages the society. According to Sarah Boseley, a journalist for the Guardian newspaper (2013), pistols do not make countries safer. US medical team has compared the
‘’Guns are responsible for over thirty-three thousand deaths in the United States annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).. In 2014, the CDC reported that 11,008 of the 15,872 homicides committed in the United States that year involved a firearm. Of the 42,826 suicides reported that year, 21,386 involved a firearm. These statistics have inspired efforts at the federal and state levels to enact gun control legislation to reduce crime and violence’’(‘’Gun Control’’). According to the statistic guns are held for over 33,000 deaths in the United States.
However, when in the wrong hands, guns can be used to do terrible things like mass shootings. Many people argue that we need more mental health services or that it is a safety issue and therefore we should have more armed security at schools, concerts, large events. However, I argue that in order to prevent a mass shooting from happening we need stricter gun control laws. A very recent mass shooting was the Florida school shooting. A 19-year-old male killed 17 people including 14 students and 3 staffs working at the high school and leaving many people injured.
People tend to get tangled in opinions and quotes on rather semi-automatic weapons should be banned or not, such as if they are protected by the second amendment, halting lawmakers from banning them. However, let there be no mistake that these weapons are a life threat to civilians. The amount of semi-automatic guns in the U.S. puts a shockingly large price on the cost the government would pay to buy all the semi-automatic rifles back. A fairly large amount of guns exist in the United States and of that amount, about a third are assault weapons. “A November 2012 Congressional Research Service report found that, as of 2009, there were approximately 310 million firearms in the United States: ‘114 million handguns, 110 million rifles, and 86 million shotguns.’” (Peters).
If the government takes away one right, they could take away more. It is not true that the United States has the worst gun violence of any other country. People want to take away guns because they claim the United States has very high mass shooting statistics based on other countries in the world. That is simply not true. “Africa, Australia, Israel, and the Philippines all have much higher per capita death rates from these large mass public shooters than the US.
This is the same rate with motor vehicle accidents, showing how prevalent firearm accident is in the U.S. Children are not an exception at this massacre. Another research from the NBC showed that out of more than 12,000 annual gun accidents, about 10% involved Americans aged 18 or younger, of which 756 of them were killed. As everyone have access to firearms, guns became the primary tool even for the criminals to conduct their crimes. In 2011, the UN reported 67% of all homicides in the United States
So because of this more gun laws should be enforced because more gun control laws would reduce gun deaths, guns are rarely used in self-defense and hunters and civilians should not own military-grade firearms and accessories. First, increased enforcement of gun control laws would reduce gun deaths such as murders and suicides. According to the Lancet, there have been 464,033 total gun deaths between 1999 and 2013, (270,237 suicides, 174,773 homicides, and 9,983 unintentional deaths.) These gun death totals have increased in the last four years, and many are suicides. More gun control laws could make it so anyone couldn 't own a gun without special permission and special rules.
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), about 60% of gun deaths are from the 450000 incidents in the United States in 2012 (“Guns in the US: The statistics behind the violence”, 2016). In general, people tend to condemn homicides because of the gun; however, the reality is those gun accidents and suicide have astounding statistics. For instance, the number of deaths due to autopsies and gun accidents is several times higher than the number of deaths in gun-killed deaths; specifically, a Congressional study report estimates that more than 19,000 people died from gun-related suicide in 2011 (Lewis et al., 2015). Moreover, gun violence also directly affects the morale of the people, especially the young generation of the country. For example, according to Lewis's findings, offenses in the educational setting are mostly students whose cause is bullying; bullying in schools has been dragging on a series of serious issues involving gun violence (Lewis et al.,
Also, high capacity magazines should be reduced because they increase the number of murder and injury rates. According to an investigation, at least 50% of high capacity magazines are used in 62 mass shootings between 1982 and 2012 (procon 2). If there is a gun at home it could be easily be stolen, 1.4 million guns are stolen from US homes between 2005 and 2010 (“Right to Bear Arms” 2). Another way to prevent gun violence is to have background check and ban on assault weapons. 83% of all adults surveyed approve of background checks according to a Pew Research survey.