Stricter Gun Laws Research Paper

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Eliot Spitzer, former governor of New York, said these words regarding the topic of gun control, “Yes, people pull the trigger - but guns are the instrument of death. Gun control is necessary, and delay means more death and horror” (Spitzer). Stricter gun laws are not being enacted, in fact, they are being postponed. With guns being the main factor of increasing death rates, there must be a greater sense of urgency among all politicians to pass stricter gun policies. The current lack of stricter gun laws leads to countless tragedies. With a lack of stricter laws there are so many consequences that come with loose gun policies. Stricter gun policies will reduce the amount of deaths by firearm, show that guns are unnecessary for self-defense, …show more content…
“Of the 29,618,300 violent crimes committed between 2007 and 2011, 0.79% of victims(235,700) protected themselves with a threat of use or use of firearm, the least-employed protective behavior” (“Should More Gun Laws”). Pro-gun advocates would argue that having a gun would decrease the amount of violent crimes, and one may believe this is to be fact because, if the suspect knew the victim had a gun, then they would not commit the felony. In reality, very few people use guns for self-defense. Even though having a gun may decrease the amount of crimes, most people will not use it as their personal security …show more content…
Through stricter policies, there can be more thorough background checks so that criminals and mentally-ill people will not be able to obtain a gun. In the article, Gun Violence In America Fact Sheet, the author says, “Most criminal gun violence is committed by individuals who lack mental wellness” (“Gun Violence”). The majority of firearm crimes are committed by those who are mentally-ill. If the` gun laws were stricter, then it would be far more difficult for those who are mentally unstable to obtain a gun. Individuals who are mentally-ill can sometimes end up walking into schools and killing innocent children. Stricter laws will decrease the amount of school shootings because it will be harder for mentally-ill individuals to obtain a gun. “31 states do not ban convicted misdemeanor stalkers from owning guns and 41 states do not force convicted domestic abuses from relinquishing guns they already own” (“Should More Gun Laws”). The fact that so many states do not require convicted stalkers or abusers to give up their guns is.... Those individuals are able to keep guns in their possession, but stricter gun laws can and will force these convicted offenders to give up their guns.
Stricter gun laws will prevent unneeded deaths, open eyes about self defense, and ensure thorough background checks. While some may

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