gun control research essay
ProCon.org recently featured an article that studied gun control. “Stricter state gun laws associated with fewer gun deaths, study finds.” The article discussed gun control laws in states with stricter laws tend to have lower rates of gun related homicides, and a suicide (ProCon para. 1) Gun control in the United States is becoming a wide spread issue and is becoming a problem everywhere. Although I am living in a city with uprising crime that has been skyrocketing over the years, I wasn’t aware of this being an issue all over the United States. I decided to do some research to find out whether I am in favor of Gun control laws or not. After reviewing many articles for and against gun control, I found out that I do in fact agree with gun control laws. It became difficult to determine my side of the controversy due to there being a lot of negative and positive opinions about the issue. I feel like gun laws should be in place to restore our countries gun related crime rates in the U.S. The ProCon article argues that states with the strictest gun control laws have lower rates of gun related homicides and suicides. The argument for gun control laws revolve around the statistics of gun control laws being stricter in certain states verses states with not so strict gun control laws. According to ProCon, “the most restrictive gun control laws have an average of 6.64 fewer deaths per 100,000 people per year than those with the least restrictive laws” (ProConpara.1). ProCon continues on to discuss the study “Firearm Legislation and Firearm Related Fatalities in the United States,” that was studied by different researchers that measured the association between the “legislative strength of state gun control policies” (ProCon para. 1). The researchers then began to study the five categories used to create the legislative strength score which included laws designed to: curb firearm trafficking; strengthen background checks on purchasers of firearms beyond those required
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