Essay about Gun Violence And Its Effects On America

1135 Words Oct 14th, 2015 null Page
On October 1 2015, seventeen students at Umpqua Community College in Oregon became victims in a heart wrenching and growing epidemic: gun violence in America (OR Live). In the three years since the horrific mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, 972 mass shootings have taken place and more than 82,000 Americans lost their lives at the hands of gun violence but little to no action has been taken to curtail the rise of gun violence in the United States (Lopez 2015). While the problem of gun violence in America is complex, the solution is simple. Universal background checks and reinstating the ban on assault weapons are simple solutions that would curtail the rise of gun violence in America. Gun violence creates numerous undesirable social conditions, the first being lost lives. The National Center for Injury Protection, a department of the Center for Disease Control, reported that in 2010 guns caused the death of 31,000 Americans, which is equivalent to over 85 gun related deaths each day. The amount of American soldiers killed in the Vietnam War between 1955 and 1975 was around 58,000, a number equivalent to the number of gun deaths in the United States for a two-year period (Follman 2015). Moreover, approximately 40 percent of all gun sales in the United States do not require a background check due to loopholes in the Brady Handgun Violence Act (“Universal…” 2015). In a survey of state prison inmates involved in gun offenses found just 13.4 percent had obtained…

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