Essay on Gun Control Laws Should Be Restricted

1623 Words Oct 30th, 2015 7 Pages
Between 2000 and 2015, over 150,000 Americans were killed in gun related homicides (Zakaria). It has been estimated that there are over 310 million guns in the hands of United States citizens (Krouse). These statistics have rallied many gun-control opponents and proponents to action. Gun control opponents believe that the answer to this problem is to loosen gun control laws to dissuade potential shooters. Gun control proponents believe that the answer is to tighten gun control laws so that a gun is never put into a potential shooter’s hands. The best way to find an answer to this predicament is to compare the United States’ current gun control legislation to that of other countries to see where and how the countries have succeeded and failed in their legislation. One will find that a common middle ground must be reached where guns should be restricted, but not banned outright. Many different countries put restrictions on the sale and possession of firearms where factors such as age, reason for purchase, mental health, criminal record, and training are all brought into account (Levush). This large variety of factors help to both dissuade potential shooters and catch potential shooters as they attempt to buy guns. Comparative to countries that take all of these factors into account, the United States has relatively lax gun control. When examining the gun control legislation of other world powers, two countries stick out from the pack: the United Kingdom and…

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