Gun Control And Stricter Gun Control In The United States

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San Bernardino, California; Charleston, South Carolina; Newtown, Connecticut and Roseburg, Oregon. These cities separated by hundreds of miles all have been visited by a certain tragedy that make them the same. This tragedy is the senseless massacre of its citizens by the use of guns. Many people ask why gun control is something we need and the answer to the question is because it keeps violent and mindless crimes such as these from happening. It has been shown that in many developed countries with stricter gun control the crime rate is much lower than the United States. Examples of these stricter gun control laws ranges from having to be an active member of a regulated shooting club and having to pass an aptitude test to having to pass …show more content…
From random gun murders to the orchestrated massacre of twenty children and six teachers at an elementary school, the response for gun control has been shifting from whether we need it to what can we do to implement it. Many believe that gun ownership is a basic right given to all citizens by the second amendment which speaks about the right to bear arms. Because of the multiple interpretations of the amendment, many are up in arms about whether or not the government has any say in how gun laws are put into place. Due to gun control having a wide variety of aspects that deal with it, many people are easily put off by the topic. Many solutions to this issue have been placed forward but only one solution has really stood out as being practical. The solution is the use of background checks on all citizens who go out and purchase guns. The use of background checks is deemed as one of the more practical solutions as compared to the idea of confiscation of all firearms that have already been purchased. While many do have counterclaims to go against background checks saying that there are loopholes within the system, this solution seems to be the most reasonable due to three reasons: they are instantaneous, they keep guns out of many criminal’s hands, and they have an enormous backing from the …show more content…
While many have been approved, many have also been prohibited from buying guns. Stated on the FBI’s website, “more than one hundred million checks have been done in the last decade and over seven hundred thousand have been denied” (National Background Check). While this number does not seem significant to many it is actually very important if one were to think about it in perspective. The information states that seven hundred thousand people who legally cannot purchase guns were denied. Now whether these people were hardened criminals or not is unknown, but if one were to speculate that more than half of these denials were because of felonies committed it, it turns the tables around completely. By keeping half of the felons from purchasing guns, we are able to prevent senseless murders from happening and probably saving a lot of innocent people’s lives by preventing criminals from purchasing weapons. Another study done in 2012, showed in that year alone, background checks blocked almost two hundred thousand prohibited persons from purchasing a gun while around eighty-two thousand of them were convicted felons (Effectiveness of the Brady Act). This is an impressive number, and it also agrees with the statistics that the FBI have put out on their database. By preventing so many felons from purchasing guns, we help prevent incidents such as Sandy Hook or the Aurora Theater shooting from reoccurring.

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