Counterpoint: Gun Control Saves Lives: Article Analysis
Cook and Jens Ludwig refer to previous studies to investigate the impacts of gun ownership in our economic system. They provided proof that high gun ownership correlates with gun misuse. They then broke down all homicide data in the 200 largest counties in America, which accounts for nearly 75% of homicides in America. They found that homicide rates are higher with perceived illegal gun purchases as opposed to legal gun purchases. The authors also discuss the social cost of gun violence, showing that every additional 10,000 gun owners lead to six additional acts of gun-related violence (Cook & Ludwig, …show more content…
Kleck highlights the fact that victims are more likely to be injured or killed where gun ownership rates are higher, showing that gun levels affect homicide rates (1). Kleck does point out that in the same way gun ownership causes crime rates, higher crime rates can also increase gun prevalence, as some will chose firearms to provide themselves self-defense from the higher crime rates (5).
Metzl, Jonathan M., and Kenneth T. MacLeish. “Mental Illness, Mass Shootings, and the Politics of American Firearms.” American Journal of Public Health 105.2 (2015): 240-49. PMC. Web. 11 Oct. 2015. Dr. Metzi and Dr. MacLeish introduce the growing issue of mass-shootings in America. They then highlight the issue of gun control, pointing out that opponents say that gun control does not stop mass shootings. They point out that that may be accurate, but do admit that gun control is a contributing factor. This article then focuses more on the factor that mental health plays in mass shootings in America. They work to show that the connection Americans make with mass shootings and mental illness is not as solid of a connection that society