Gun Control : Killer Or Savior? Essay

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Gun Control: Killer or Savior? In 2013, firearms committed 69% of all homicides according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s crime report “Crime in the United States 2013: Expanded Homicide Data Table 9.” Most Americans respond to this fact with the same reaction, rage, but two vastly different solutions are suggested to fix this problem. Some suggest that there be greater restrictions on gun ownership and that gun availability should be lessened. However, others are convinced gun control is to blame for all the violence because it prevents citizens from practicing their second amendment right. Gun control in the United States has become a constant debate between those who want to prevent further violence by restricting gun ownership and those who believe these restrictions infringe upon constitutional rights. Those who want more gun control believe an increased waiting period for the acquisition of firearms is necessary to keep the citizens of the United States safe. They believe the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, also known as the Brady Bill, which made a five-day waiting period from the purchase of a handgun until the pick-up of the weapon so that a background check may be performed, was a good start in keeping firearms away from criminals but needs to be more strictly enforced (Utter). This law allows the government to check through criminal records to see if the buyer of the weapon was convicted of any felonies or any such crimes that would deem…

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