Characteristics Of Gun Control

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The United States of America is famous for the giant gun industry and for the freedom of gun owning. Every year, millions of firearms manufactured in America and set to public. According to Firearms Commerce in the United States Annual Statistical Update, 8,578,610 sophisticated firearms produced in 2012. This number is three times higher than what has been produced in late 80’s. The production of firearms increases year by year. As stated by Swiss Research Center Small Arms Survey, United States of America ranks first in the world for the number of firearms per capita: 100 residents of America accounts for about 89 weapons. United States of America is a modernized country where the support for guns is on a higher level. The second amendment …show more content…
Every year number of murders by firearm increase and this is an evident to say that letting people keep and bear guns is not the best idea. According to FBI records in the past decade 68% of homicides were committed with a gun. Perhaps this statistic must be enough to make some changes in gun control. Government of the United States of America must take a different approach in order to solve this complex issue. As one of my sources state, in order to understand the complexity of this problem we must understand the characteristics of guns and gun buyers. The root of this issue starts from people. The example will be from Milwaukee city in Wisconsin. Milwaukee is a city with poor population and diverse community. Crime rate in Milwaukee is slightly higher. Most of the crimes in this area are committed with guns. Every year, police confiscate thousands of guns in Milwaukee. The main purpose of confiscation is illegally carrying or possessing or using a firearm. The majority of guns are illegally obtained from the “illegal market”. Major characteristics of gun users in Milwaukee are males, non-white, up to 35 years old, with stolen gun and felony. Here, like everywhere else in America people, have two options for purchasing firearms, either from the primary market which is controlled by the government or secondary market where private party could transfer their guns illegally via various sources like internet, …show more content…
In 2007, America’s worth campus shooting occurred at Virginia Tech. At least 33 people were killed and many people were wounded. After such a deadly school shooting, the government of the United States did not take any steps to improving the gun policy. In 1989, such mass shooting occurred in Canada’s Polytechnique Montreal. Tenth of people being killed and numerous people were injured. The government of Canada took and immediate action after Montreal Massacre and made big changes in their gun control legislation. Virginia Tech massacre could of not happened if the government of the United States of America took more serious gun control measurements after Columbine school shooting at 1999. According to National Vital Statistics report in 2011, when United States population was 312 million people, 11,000 homicides from firearms. At the same year in Canada when the population was 34 million, the country had only 158 homicides from guns. These are the statistics that show the difference on gun violence between two countries. The improvements Canada’s government made on this matter, tells us that the United States of America could make same changes to become a safe country with less gun violations. The role of government is really important on this matter. Some

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