Civilian firearms are for recreational activities such as hunting or shooting sports and self-defense (Cicconet, “Semi-automatic weapons unnecessary, unsafe in civilian hands”). The question on what to do about America’s gun control becomes the limelight of the stage every time national tragedy involving gun violence happens. According to Fred A. Roff Jr., president of the Colt Patent Fire Arms Co., he said, “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” (E8). This is irrelevant in many ways. Many gun advocates question how banning the use of guns for the civilians in U.S. would help protect the civilians when there are so many other forms of weapons that can replace guns (Adcock, “Harvard study reveals gun control counterproductive). In reality, …show more content…
The Miller 2007 study published by Dr. Miller and colleagues at the Harvard School of Public Health explored the “association between changes in the household firearm ownership and rates of suicide in the United States” during the years between 1981 and 2002. It was revealed that the firearm suicides as well as the total suicides dropped by 2.5 percent and 4.2 percent respectively for every 10 percent decline in the household firearm ownership rate (Dr. Miller et. al). The decrease in suicide rates was most the noticeable for adolescents and there was no statistic data to show that there was a indicative increase in the portion of suicide cases committed using other weapons” (DeFilippis, “Debunking the “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people” myth”). Harvard School of Public Health has found that in states where more houses own more firearms, suicide cases among children, women and men belonging to any age are greater (Khazan, “Guns More Likely to Be Used in Suicide Than in Killing Bad Guys.”). Civilian firearms have led to more suicide cases than lives saved. According to CDC, “19,392 people committed suicide with a gun in 2010…” (qtd. in The Atlantic). In the very same year, only 230 justifiable homicides, whereby a civilian shot dead an intruder, were recorded (Khazan, “Guns More Likely to Be Used in Suicide Than in …show more content…
Guns are too lethal. Civilians do not need to go to the extent of killing someone to defend him or herself. According to terminal ballistics, bullets can damage body tissues in three ways. Bullets moving at lower velocity can lacerate or crush body tissue or bone. Bullets produced by the forward movement of air or tissue are able to rupture the wound more. High velocity bullets cause the air at the fronts and sides to undergo compression. When this compression is released, it results in a shockwave of high pressure. Its magnitude of damage can cause fluid-filled organs to burst due to its high pressure (“Ballistics”). There are very small numbers of armed civilians who attempt to stop shooting incidents, and it is rarer to find those who are successful in their attempts in doing so (Follman, “More Guns, More Mass Shootings—Coincidence?”). During the Tyler courthouse shooting in Texas, an armed civilian named Mark Wilson, who was a firearms instructor, tried to intervene. He fired his licensed handgun at the assailant. Unfortunately, he was shot dead by the gunman, David Hernandez Arroyo (Follman, “More Guns, More Mass Shootings—Coincidence?”). In the year 1982, a gunman started firing at a welding shop in Miami. He killed eight people and injured another three more before escaping by a bicycle. An armed civilian working in the vicinity pursued the perpetrator in car and managed to
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An example of this is in 2005 there were 30,694 who died by firearms and only 147 were justifiable acts of self-defense. Other issues include acts such as suicide. When guns are present, the suicide rate is proven to increase. According to IACLEA, suicide accounted for 55% of the total 30,694 firearm deaths in the United States (Dickerson). Supports of Campus carry say that they need guns to defend themselves from armed attackers.
Many accidental deaths happen each year by guns in the hands of people who do not know gun safety. People are concerned that the amount of guns available have allowed gun violence to run rampant throughout the United States. An estimation of the amount of people in the U.S. shot each year is staggering, “The Brady Campaign to Prevent Violence estimates that around 144,994 people are shot each year in the U.S.” (8 Facts). This data shows that thousands each year are shot in the United States, which includes the deaths of those killed each year. According to the supporters of more age restrictions, the new laws will take some of the guns off the streets and decrease the amount of gun
Nobody likes dodging bullets because some crazy person is coming at them with a gun or walking around in fear. Remember this; America has the most gun-related deaths than any other industrialized nation and firearms are the 2nd most frequent cause of death. Many innocent human beings die from these guns and their irresponsible owners. I do agree with the people who say it is not the gun’s fault, but the person’s. But, because of those irresponsible gun owners, though, guns cannot be trusted in the hands of some adults.
‘’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.
Society as a whole has become less and less violent. Since 1991, reported crimes committed has dropped by almost double (Statista.com). Many people blame the AR-15 for most of the mass murders in America, and ask for the “assault” weapon to be banned. However, many details of the gun are skewed. In an article written by Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times, she stated that of all the gun deaths in America, 60% were suicides; and even more contrary to belief, nearly double of the mass killings (4 or more deaths) were with handguns instead of rifles (statista.com).
Gun Control in the United States Gun control in the United States has become a highly contested topic recently due to the mass shootings that have occurred. The Federal Bureau of Investigation defines mass murder as a murder in which four or more people are killed in one incident (Morton). Over the past decade the topic of gun control has been prevalent in new legislation because mass shootings seem more frequent. Statistics reveal that although mass shootings have not become more frequent over the years, they have become deadlier with higher death tolls than ever before. The firearms and ammunition that civilians are able to obtain since the expiration of the Assault Weapons Ban in 2004 have led to the increase in the death toll (Duwe).
The use of and the owning of guns is a very hot and debated topic in society today. For many, this is a life and death debate due to the recent and numerous school shootings. These school shootings have caused an outcry for more gun control, specifically in relation to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Despite these calls, increased gun control is not the answer. Most gun owners’ use their guns responsibly and for good purposes.
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;
Guns should be banned in America, with 30,000 deaths yearly in America, we need to do something about it. Many counties have made strict gun control laws or just have banned guns and that seems to be helping them. We have the most gun deaths out of all wealthy countries, which is unacceptable and we need to change it as fast as possible to prevent further deaths. Many people say that guns shouldn't be banned because of how the Second Amendment says, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The Second Amendment was written in 1791, around 225 years ago!
In today’s society, one of the most alienating issues in American politics is gun control. More specifically, the issue is whether or not guns should be banned in the United States. Some people would say that guns should be banned because it would reduce crime as a whole and keep citizens safer. These people, enthusiasts of stricter gun laws, fear being safe in their country where there are so many people who have access to guns. Opponents of this argument, however, also fear losing safety.
Some days crime rates are up and then the next they are down, what we do know is that America is becoming safer. In 2005, 11,346 persons were killed by firearm violence 477,040 persons were victims of a crime committed with a firearm, (National Institute of Justice). Surprisingly, a lot of gun violence in America is related to self defense. Between 1987 and 1990 it was found that guns were used in defense during a crime incident 64,615 times annually. This equates to two times out of 1,000 incidents (0.2%) that occurred in this time frame.
In conclusions, the numbers of casualties provided in previous paragraphs do not include the painful physical and emotional burdens gun-related incidents leave on those who are survive, wounded, the family who lose their sons or daughters, the school and Colleges who lose or support injured colleagues. With guns, the result is slow just as same as smoking cigarette, because it does not kill immediately, but it kills. Similarly, human race might not become extinct immediately. but slowly with all the creation of dangerous nuclear bomb, guns, ammunition and firearms; it is slowly killing and causing public health crisis. Based on Annals of Internal Medicine, all things equal, where there are higher levels of gun ownership and weaker gun laws,
Guns are just a tool, like knives and hammers and it completely depends on the people on how they use it. People who support guns and arms say that the Second Amendment secures individual’s right to carry guns with them and that gun rights is needed for self-protection, and was intended for military to have peace and defend the country if needed (Spitzer, 70). Most of the Americans use guns as a source to protect themselves and they believe that gun ownership prevents crime. A study conducted on November 26, 2013 showed that bans on weapons did not significantly affect murder rates at the state level (Lane, 5). Moreover, even if the rules and regulations are executed on gun control, not all criminals obey the law.
If there is a gun in the house and the parents are not present a child can accidentally use it and injure him/herself or someone else. According to Law Center, 89% of unintentional shooting deaths occur when the child is home alone (procon 5). Also with the presence of gun the number of suicide deaths decrease. Between 1999 and 2013, there were 270,237 firearms suicides in the United States (Procon 4). Hoping to decrease the number of suicides throughout the years.