Essay on Stricter Gun Control Laws Affect Gun Violence
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Throughout the world, many countries have had different views when it comes to restrictions placed on guns. Unfortunately, it sometimes takes a tragic event to make governments think about whether or not they are doing all they can to keep their people safe. In America, however, it seems as if we live in a society where things such as mass shootings are just considered as a part of life, and are inevitable. This however, is not true, seeing that other countries have implemented gun control legislation and have experienced highly positive results. Because restrictions placed on guns reduce gun violence, the United States should therefore strengthen gun control legislation, since it has effectively worked and can be seen in the democracies of Australia and Japan. In Australia, a big shift towards change occurred when the whole nation was shocked with a tragedy.
This devastating event took place on April 28th, 1996 in Port Arthur, Tasmania, where a gunman pulled out a semi-automatic rifle and opened fire on tourists at a resort, killing 20 people and wounding 12. He continued to walk outside and take more victims, including a young mother and her two daughters, ages 6 and 3. After taking a hostage and having an overnight standoff with the police, the gunman had killed 35 people and wounded 23 more (Hartmann). The Australian government took…