Current Events Paper
Firearms and society, what gives? Within just the last decade there has been multiple firearm related mass shootings. From Columbine to sandy hook they have been deadly and have taken all walks of life. From small children to old adults. There is no specific target, these are people with mental illnesses that we yet not understand. What I can tell you is that this is nothing new, mass killings go back to the early 1900’s in American culture even 1800’s in the American west. There were forty one mass shootings from 1900-1980 in America. Then a sharp rise between 1980 and the year 2000, there were seventy four mass shootings. From 2000 to 2014 thirty-two mass shooting incidents. Gun Violence is actually on the decline, and not because of tough gun restrictions. In the year 2013 the US set a new record for gun sales. As activist shout for more regulation, the decline in gun violence continues to fall. Not because of tougher gun laws. Historical data actually shows when tougher sanctions are placed on law abiding citizen’s gun crime skyrockets. We can look at cities like Chicago for example who have strict gun regulation. In the last 3 days one has been murdered and twenty six injured. In fact Chicago has the highest rate of gun violence in the United States averaging between 450-500 gun related deaths a year. Other large cities like New York and Los Angeles also have tough gun restrictions resulting in 250-350 gun related deaths a year. With other cities that have more lenient gun laws have lower homicide rates, take New Orleans for example with 193 deaths resulting from gun violence. You can clearly see that by unrestricting firearms for law abiding citizens gun crime rates actually drop. This brings me to the topic of gun violence stopped by a gun. There has been thousands of incidents that have been either completely stopped or stopped prematurely. As in the case of the Plymouth, MA shooting. On...
Citations: Tarighi, A. (2014, January 12). Average-Police-Response-Time. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
Kalinowski, B. (2012, September 11). Police: Bar patron shot Plymouth homicide suspect. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
Library, C. (2014, July 14). 27 deadliest mass shootings. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
Henriques, J. (2013, October 12). Mass Shootings in America: A Historical Review. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
Hatvigsen, M. (2013, April 8). 10 states with the most lenient gun laws | Deseret News. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
Please join StudyMode to read the full document