Why Do We Need Stricter Gun Control Laws

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Could anyone fathom the thought of their child lying face down on the floor with a bullet hole through their head? Could one imagine the black fear that will engulf their soul if they heard their child’s school just underwent a shooting? Would one contain the strength to watch their loved ones lowered into the ground in their casket because of the misuse of a firearm? Unfortunately, all of these situations occur very often in today’s society because of the leniency of gun laws across the nation. As a nation we can easily silence the suffering of many families and friends with minor tightening of the nation’s gun laws. The United States should impose stricter gun control laws because of the negligence, tragedies, and criminals surrounding the …show more content…
History shows that time and time again, many civilians die because of either mass public shootings or a simple slip of the trigger. Regardless of the size or type of firearm, the amount of people dying from a gunshot remains way too high and needs to diminish swiftly. Any person behind a gun can take the life of a potential doctor, artist, or even president. Because of this, stricter gun laws need to exist throughout all of the United States. According to Kleck Gary, 33 students died at Virginia Tech, 13 civilians died at Columbine High school in Littleton, Colorado, 10 students died in Red Lake Minnesota in 2005, and the list continues. Now if one looks at mass shootings in a broader spectrum, the horror that exists in our country today appears much more evident. In 2007, 69 citizens died in the hands of a gun, in 2009, 65 more people died due to a firearm, and in 2010, a horrific 90 people died because of either the misuse of a firearm or other circumstances such as mass shootings (Blaire). In Blaire’s report, a total of 486 people died between 2000 and 2013 due to different types of firearms in the U.S. Those 486 people owned the potential to possibly contribute to the advancement of our society, but because of the absence of gun control in the United States, no one will ever recognize the potential of those 486 souls. In regards to mass shootings, not every person inflicted with a bullet dies at the scene. Many citizens survive these shootings but suffer life changing injuries that scar them for life. Between the time span of 2000 and 2013, 557 people suffered major injuries inflicted by the shooting of a firearm (Blaire). Kleck Gary also found that in six major school shootings between 1997 and 1999, 78 people were severely injured and required hospitalization. All of these injured people contained the possible

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