Gun Control Essay

1102 Words Feb 22nd, 2015 5 Pages
Gun Control

On Thursday, May 9th, a two-year old boy was found dead after shooting himself in the head. The boy had found his father’s handgun while the father himself was occupied with other things; his son was just a few feet away. This little boy is not the first kid to shoot himself. Accidents like this are just one of the reasons to why guns should be restricted in the United States. Gun access has become very easy for people and that has caused many problems.
Nowadays, people can buy guns online and in local stores such as Wal-Mart! At the age of 18, a person can legally buy a long gun, and at the age of 21, a person can buy a handgun. As of today, Americans own between 262 million and 310 million firearms as reported by Hill,
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would work on restricting gun possession. However, instead of restricting guns, states are passing laws that allow more people to possess them. This can be a huge problem because not everyone can be trusted with such a fatal device. No one knows if a teacher in Texas will snap one day and shoot a student. Allowing more guns will only lead to higher crime rates and deaths. Foreign countries, which harshly restrict gun ownership, have lower crime rates than the U.S. In fact, the lowest gun crime rates are in Japan, Great Britain, and Canada. In 2011, only 11 gun homicides were recorded in Japan. The United Kingdom has one of the lowest gun homicide rates in the world, (0.07 compared to 3.0 in the U.S).. There are burglaries in the United Kingdom., however, “home invasions” is not a term that is used. Unfortunately, home invasions are known as a U.S. phenomenon.
Police officers in the United Kingdom usually do not carry guns. Greater Manchester Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy stated, "We are passionate that the British style of policing is routinely unarmed policing. Sadly we know from the experience in America and other countries that having armed officers

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