The Pros And Cons Of Gun Control Laws

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Gunshots and screams pierce the cool, air-conditioned air of a long school corridor as students shuffle out of the door for a fire alarm. Nobody thought this would happen in the small town of Parkland, Florida, but another monster has gotten his hands on a weapon and taken many innocent lives. Now, students cry for gun control and laws to be put into place that will keep them safe and alive. The only problem is, banning firearms would do just the opposite. “Nations with stringent anti-gun laws generally have substantially higher murder rates than those that do not. The study found that the nine European nations with the lowest rates of gun ownership have a combined murder rate three times higher than that of the nine nations with the highest rates of gun ownership” (ACRU). So, what should be done about all the mass shootings that are happening? America should adopt a gun control policy that is like New Zealand’s and does not involve banning any other firearms.
What do violent crimes and current gun laws look like in America right now? “In 2016, there were more than 38,000 gun-related deaths in the U.S. — 4,000 more than 2015…Most gun-related deaths — about two-thirds —in America are suicides …there were about 11,000 gun-related homicides in 2016, up from 9,600 in 2015” (Rhodan). This confirms that gun-related deaths are rising, including homicides, but the population of the United States is increasing as well. Additionally, most of these deaths are suicides, and only a third

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