Counterpoint: Gun Control Saves Lives: Article Analysis

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Ballaro, Beverly, and Laura Finley. "Counterpoint: Gun Control Saves Lives." Points Of View: Gun Control (2015): 3. Points of View Reference Center. Web. 7 Oct. 2015. Ballaro, Beverly and Finley, Laura points out the main theme of this article as “Gun control regulation is the best tool we have in the fight to reduce gun violence in the United States.” Both agree that the United States has one of the highest rates of gun-related violence in the developed world. Gun control has remained the main issue in the USA, since the assassination of the former president John F. Kennedy until the present day. Although the second amendment gives the right to bear arms, guns should be controlled and monitored by the government because guns have contributed …show more content…
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

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