American National Government Policy Paper On Gun Control
The United States has 88.8 guns per 100 people. As a country the United States has approximately 270,000,000 guns. Both categories top the world. 22% of gun owners own two or more firearms. This gun wave had very humble beginnings from westward expansion to the revolutionary war and to the Second Amendment. This controversial amendment states: "A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
Background / Problems
Many supporters of increased gun control believe that the Second Amendment was meant for militias and that by increased control, gun violence would decrease. But those beliefs mean little without evidence.
There were 464,033 total gun deaths between 1999 and 2013. Suicides were 58.2% of total deaths; homicides were 37.7%; and unintentional deaths were 2.2%. Guns were the leading cause of 66.6% of all homicides and 52.2% of all suicides. Firearms were in the top 15 in cause of all deaths with 1.3% of total deaths. A Lancelet study in 2010 found that federal background checks could decrease gun deaths by 56.9% and stricter gun identification could decrease deaths by up to 82.5%. An investigation done by Mother Jones found that in mass shooting from the 1980s to present day 50% of shooters used high capacity magazines. But when they were used, the death rate rose 63% and the injury…