Gun Control

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Gun Control
How many people do not fear being attacked by someone with a gun? The truth is that most people do share a fear of guns. This is the result of the lack of control over the possession of a gun. Anyone can get their hands on a gun no matter what they intend to use it for. Almost 30,000 people die each year in a gun related incident (Soyer 1). People are not careful enough in deciding where they place their weapon or how they use it. Because of its poor gun control system, America is in the top five in the world in death rate by guns. Someone who has a gun has complete control over a person without one, which leads to an increase in burglaries, rapes, and also in the number of gangs. Ronald Reagan once said, "As long as there are guns, the individual that wants a gun for a crime is going to have one and going to get it" (Gun 2). When put in the wrong hands, a gun can be a killing machine as demonstrated in many events in the world today. Although many people feel that they have a right to own a gun, they have lost that right because of many gun-related crimes that results in thousands of deaths and injuries each year.

In the United States, thousands of gun-related deaths occur each year. These deaths don't have to be planned and are often accidents. 824 people die each year because of a gun misfiring (Tincher 2). Jayson Williams, an ex-basketball player for the New Jersey Nets, fatally shot his limousine driver when it misfired. He was drunk and didn't have good judgment, but had he not owned a gun in the first place, this could have been prevented. On the other side, intentional murders are a separate way that guns are abused. A very recent example is the Virginia Tech massacre. The shooter in this incident was not mentally stable, yet was able to buy multiple guns

and a lot of ammunition. He went on a rampage and killed 32 innocent people. Although many will argue that these events were the fault of campus security, all of the lives could...
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