Gun Control And The United States Essay

1219 Words Dec 13th, 2016 5 Pages
In the United States, gun control has been an ongoing issue during the recent years. Mass shootings, as well as homicides, are the major concern of Americans. Many of the shootings are accredited to individuals that are mentally ill. The proponents of gun regulations argue that these people represent a threat to society, therefore they should be prohibited from having a gun. The opponents of gun regulation argue that the mentally ill have also the right to own a gun and the prohibition of this right does not reduce the overall rates of violent acts. In my belief, although serious mental disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder can lead to some type of violence; prohibiting the mentally ill individuals from owning a gun does not produce a great impact in lowering the rate of or preventing violent crimes or massacres.
Violent behaviors between the mentally ill only accounts for a small portion of all violent crimes in the United States. In the article “Gun Violence and Victimization of Strangers by Persons With a Mental Illness: Data From the MacArthur Violence Risk Assessment Study” by Henry J. Steadman, John Monahan, Debra A. Pinals, Roumen Vesselinov, and Pamela Clark Robbins discuss a study conducted with “951 patients of white, African-American, or Hispanic race-ethnicity with an average age of eighteen to forty years old” (Steadman, et al). After being discharged from a psychiatric hospital the patients were tracked in order to determine the likelihood of…

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