Friday, January 20, 2017

Gun control in America--Pro vs. Con by Zach Dawson

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Some of the pros of gun control are.. More gun control laws would reduce gun deaths. There were 464,033 total gun deaths between 1999 and 2013-- 270,237 of which were suicides (58.2% of total deaths), 174,773 of which were homicides (37.7%) and 9,983 were unintentional deaths (2.2%). More gun control laws are needed to protect women from domestic abusers and stalkers. At least five women are murdered with guns every day in the United States. A study of 23 populous high-income countries found that 86% of women killed by firearms were in the United States, and American women are 11.4 times more likely to be the victims of gun homicides. More gun control leads to fewer suicides. Between 1999 and 2013 there were 270,237 firearm suicides in the United States, accounting for about 52% of all suicides during those years. A study published in the International Review of Law and Economics reports that when gun ownership went down in the United States, so did the overall suicide rate.
Some of the cons... The Second Amendment of the US Constitution protects individual gun ownership. The Second Amendment states, “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.” Gun control laws will not prevent criminals from obtaining guns or breaking laws. Of 62 mass shootings in the US between 1982 and 2012, 49 of the active shooters used legally obtained guns. All together, 143 guns were collected by the killers with about 75% obtained legally. Gun control laws would prevent citizens from protecting themselves from foreign invaders. The Libertarian Party stated, “A responsible, well-armed and trained citizenry is the best protection against domestic crime and the threat of foreign invasion.” Marco Rubio, US Senator, stated during his 2016 presidential campaign, “If God forbid, ISIS visits our life, our neighborhood, our school, any part of us, the last thing standing, the last line of defense could very well be our ability to protect ourselves.”

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