Gun Control And The United States Essay

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Gun Control in the United States The United States has the most guns per capita in the world at 88.8 guns per 100 people, or 270,000,000 total guns (“Gun” par. 1). Today in the United States, gun control is becoming more and more of a controversial topic. The fact that we have so many guns in our country is quite alarming, especially when you consider the amount of accidents and mass shootings that have happened in the past years. Between 1982 and 2012 there were 62 mass shootings in the United States (par. 21), and five in Wisconsin alone since 2004 (Gregory par. 3). An alarming example of an accident that happened in the home is: in Vinton, Indiana, a 14-year-old girl was shot in the head and killed when she was “hanging out” with her boyfriend and his friends. Similarly, in Norfolk, Virginia a five-year-old found a gun in the house and shot and killed his mother (Iannelli par. 8 and 25). Both of these tragedies could have been avoided simply by storing the guns with proper knowledge and by increasing the intensity of laws and regulations. The United States should have more gun safety laws because some weapons should only be authorized for military use, they would help lessen the amount of mass shootings and there are too many preventable accidents happening. When the United States sends out military grade weapons to its allies, the weapons sent out are not allowed back into the country without being sent to a museum or being approved by the government because there is…

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