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Can We Prevent Gun Violence?

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Gun violence is something that is becoming a greater problem. A leading cause of injury/death in the U.S., gun violence affects most people in America. More than 310 million guns are in circulation in the country. I do not think the government should take away guns from owners, but I believe some way could be found to control the violence.

 

This past Wednesday, another gun violence act took place. A 19 year old from Chicago was standing in front of a store and was shot. Coincidentally, the teenager was a member of “GoodKids MadCity.” According to Chicago SunTimes, they describe themselves as “Black and Brown young people united in fighting to end violence in our cities.” He put a lot into his community, was involved with church activities, and as I stated, was a part of the anti-violence group.

The shooting in Las Vegas that occurred in October 2017 made Americans start rethinking this question. The Las Vegas shooting resulted in 58 people dead and more than 500 people injured. Our country has six times as many shootings as Canada and 16 times as many as Germany.

 

These deaths are happening everyday across the United States. In 2013, 73,505 nonfatal firearm injuries occurred, and 33,636 deaths happened due to “injury by firearms”. Also, an average of 1,297 children die and 5,790 are treated for injuries caused by guns each year, the study reported. But how do we stop this without stripping people of their second amendment rights?

 

Universal background checks are one way to help prevent gun violence. The government does background checks currently on registered dealers but not private sales which make up 40% of gun trade, according to the National Institute of Justice. This is a major issue. More people should be registered before being allowed to purchase a gun. Mr. Carlton, a government teacher  said, “These steps are going in the right direction.”

 

Another way to prevent gun violence could be mandatory loss/ theft reporting. The FBI reported half a billion dollars worth of guns were stolen between 2012 and 2015. In America, a gun is stolen every two minutes. Improving health care for mental illnesses would also greatly affect the amount of gun violence occuring. If they did more about helping people with mental illnesses, the gun inflicted suicide rate would drop down 50-75 percent. If someone is not in the right state of mind and has many problems, they definitely should not have possession of a gun.

 

Mr. Appleton said, “It would help some but more gun laws will not get rid of bad people.” Many people agree with this statement. Everyone has seen or heard someone say “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.” I completely agree with this idea and believe that people with guns should have limits and have more standards to meet before they get a gun.

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One Response to “Can We Prevent Gun Violence?”

  1. Ryne Birnell on September 20th, 2018 8:15 am

    Great article, I like how you asked different teachers opinions. I also liked how you had multiple views on how to control gun violence included in the article.

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