The American Public On Gun Control Essay

1733 Words Nov 9th, 2016 7 Pages
When Americans wake up in the morning, sipping on fresh coffee and watching the news on the television, they learn of a recent murder, assault, or rape, that happened the previous night. The news may only highlight one or two of these events from yesterday, but often times there is a multitude of untold stories. Media outlets only report on who, when, where, why, and how the crimes took place, but they never focus on how to prevent these events from happening. Politicians announce their plan to reduce these infractions but rarely is there any action. The split opinion’s of the American public on gun control lead to no resolutions, too. As a result of the national divide on proposed solutions, there has yet to be any progress on solving this pressing issue. In order to reduce the number of violent crimes in the United States, police forces in heavily populated and criminalized areas should be expanded, stricter stipulations and restrictions on who can acquire a gun need to be enacted, and harsher penalties for convicted felons should be in enforced.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, violent crimes are “offenses which involve force or threat of force” such as “murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault” (“Violent Crime.”). In 2015, there was an estimated “1,197,704 violent crimes” reported in the United States, thus representing a “3.9 percent” increase from the estimated number of violent crimes in 2014 (“FBI Releases”). The…

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