Guns are a Danger to Society
Just imagine sitting in a movie theater around midnight and suddenly some mad man comes in and begins shooting. On July 20, 2012 that’s what happened at a Century Movie Theater in Aurora Colorado, which resulted in about twelve people that lost their lives and about 58 other’s injured, including a baby. (Wikipedia, n.d.)There are several arguments that always comes up in the defense of gun use, which are guns don’t kill people, people kill people, guns reduce crime and that they are used for sporting reasons, like hunting. Although there is truth to those statements, the fact is that guns are used to inflect pain, intimidate, and threaten people and should be made harder to obtain. Because the federal government is doing nothing about all of the crimes, murders, and suicides that take place every day all over the United States, it sends a message to our society that offensive gun use is acceptable, when in fact it is not. Human life is priceless and once it’s taken no one can bring it back. With that being said, anyone that has good common sense would be able to see that guns take lives more than they save lives. The federal government needs to acknowledge the fact that guns are used more to harm people and should ban the ownership of handguns statewide.
Over the past couple of years gun control has become a very controversial issue within society because of all the mass murders, robberies and killings that have taken place with firearms. The reason for this is because most people are in favor of keeping the current gun laws the same. What the people in favor of the current gun laws fail to realize is that regardless of what the gun is used for and how, its only function is to injure or kill. According to Violent Nation by Mike Sharpe (2011) “Over 30,000 men, women, and children are shot dead every year and 66,000 wounded. Eighty lives a day are terminated by gunfire.” (pg. 122) If you think about that, guns make up for over 50% of all suicides and murders that take place every year. Based on this information, it can be said that too many people are losing their lives daily because of the relaxed gun laws currently in place and something needs to be done about it. Banning the use of hand guns would automatically save lives and prevents countless injuries. Many people say that it is every Americans right to own a gun because of the second amendment of the United States Constitution that 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.” (Findlaw, 2012). This Amendment was created during a time that our country was at war, as a way for the militia to protect our country and to keep our land free. We are no longer living in those times where guns are a necessity in order to protect our land. Now we are living in a time where guns are being used to aid people in performing criminal activity. Despite the fact that many people feel that they need handguns to protect themselves as well as their property, we need stricter laws in order to stop all of the violent crimes being committed in the effort to save lives.
Based on the research conducted by the National Crime Victimization Survey, it was found that criminal gun use is more common than self-defensive gun use. The survey also suggests that there are about one million violent crimes that involve guns every year, compared to the 60,000 to 120,000 times a victim uses a gun in a self-defense situation. Although gun ownership is high across the country, the people usually targeted in armed robberies are those who are clearly defenseless. Just think about it; what are the chances that a robber approaches a person with a gun attempting to rob them, but the person has a gun on them and shoots the robber, very slim. The only times people use guns in self-defense situations is if someone is trying to rob their house, personal business, or when the...
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