Position Argument: Pro Gun Control
Gun control is a topic of discussion neglected more often than not. Gun control is an important issue due to events such as, Sandy Hook and the Aurora Colorado mass shooting which will most likely happen again if taken lightly. American citizens remain aware that the safety and life expectancy of innocent civilians are at risk when gun laws are not addressed appropriately. Adults are not the only individuals that die tragically from firearms. Innocent children are also brutally murdered as a result of the easy access to semi-automatic and fully automatic weapons. First, America was taken by storm when 20 innocent first grade students and six faculty members were brutally murdered in Sandy Hook Elementary by Adam Lanza. Barbara Mantel stated, it was one of the worse mass shootings in history. Mantel goes on to say civilians don’t need assault rifles. The author concluded, Lanza had an AR-15 and multiple magazines that killed his victims in less than 10 minutes (Mantel). The fact of the matter is non-military and non-police members do not have a legitimate need for automatic weapons or semi-automatic assault rifles. Assault rifles are the weapons that the military primarily use in combat to defeat threats against terrorist and other foreign threats. The AR-15 used in the massacre is a rifle which is capable of attaching a silencer and bayonet. Neither a bayonet nor a silencer is necessary for the general public to have. In addition to the problems of gun related deaths, a ban on assault weapons went in effect from 1994 to 2004. According to Bob Adams, the statistics show crime rates which involved guns dropped by 50 percent when the law was passed. Please refer to figure 1 and figure 2 (Adams). Finally, “The Brady Law mental issues were not able to purchase guns. The law also entails a person wanting to own a gun had to undergo a five day background check (Adams). The numbers reflect strict gun laws have a positive impact on society and drastically reduce gun related deaths. With sincere efforts such as The Brady Law, America would be a safer place. The law showed that Americans have no need of military styled combat weapons. After 2004 when the law was appealed more mass shootings took place involving assault rifles. Statistics display more than enough evidence to support the need of strict gun laws. Second, America is one of the leading countries in gun related violence and deaths. According to Sydney Lupkin, in comparison to Japan Americans who acquire firearms are significantly higher than the citizens of Japan. Sydney Lupkin goes on to state, the U.S. has 88 guns per 100 people and 10 gun-related deaths per 100,000 people. Finally the writer concludes, Japan also has .06 guns per 100 people (Lupkin). The number of deaths in the United States compared to a country like Japan which only has .06 deaths per 100,000 people is phenomenal. Researchers: Dr. Sripal Bangalore and Dr. Franz Messerli of St. Luke Medical Center concluded, out of 27 countries America lead in most gun relate deaths (Messerli,Sripal). Government officials and American citizens have neglected the fact America leads in gun related deaths in comparison to 27 other countries. The numbers stated show an alarming rate that needs to be addressed before it gets further out of hand. The United States has shown death rates have no significant effect in the way gun laws are implemented. Futhermore, PBS commentator Mark Shields states, more Americans died from guns then all wars combined throughout history (Jacobson). Statistical data shows from the time of the Revolutionary War to the war in Iraq more than 1.1 million people died in combat. More than 1 million people have been killed throughout the U.S. wars. With the shocking facts at hand citizens can only imagine the amount of civilian casualties that involved guns on America’s soil. On the outside looking in, it looks as if America has no control over the citizens of...
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