Transition English Four
April 21, 2011
No more Guns
The year 1774 was pivotal in the history of the United States. It marked the beginning of the Revolutionary war, which lasted thirteen years and claimed thousands of lives. Fighting against the British, the Americans had to rely on individual citizens because they did not have a well organized army. As famers and hunters, many citizens already owned guns. These rifles proved indispensable in defeating the British. After the war, citizens were reluctant to give up their rifles, as they feared future invasions. Because of this war an amendment was added to the Constitution of the United States guaranteeing citizens the right to bear arms. Times have changed, However. The United Stages has one of the largest military forces in the world, and Americans are no longer called upon to use their own weapons in the military. Although people no longer need guns for this purpose, there are in fact over 200,000,000 guns in circulation. Unfortunately, gun-related deaths continue to increase every year, with many innocent people losing their lives. Despite the original intention of the Second amendment, the United states would be much better off us ownership of guns by private citizen was outlawed.
The first benefit of making guns illegal is that the number of accidental shootings would decrease. Before, just since the killing in Tucson, 320 Americans have been killed by guns. Everyday, about 80 people die from guns or severely injured. However, if the country makes guns illegal then the number of people dying by gunfire would decrease. Also, not just homicide, suicide rates are higher in stages with more guns. This is because there are more gun suicides. People think it is the easiest way to commit suicide by using guns. If the state bans using guns, the probability of gun suicides will decrease.
Another benefit of outlawing guns is that the streets would be safer. This is because, if the country...