The Consequences Of Gun Control

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Gun Control
Gun control is an important topic that goes unnoticed because of everything else going on in this world. Not only would more control of guns be beneficial for everyone, but it would completely change the crime rates in this world. Most people can purchase a gun way too easily without even needing a license. Tests are required to purchase a gun, but they are not extensive. Gun control should be a top priority right now because of all the bad things that are happening. Way too often you hear about how someone is murdered because of a gun or another weapon. If there was more control over guns these horrific events would never occur.
Gun control laws would and can reduce more gun deaths. The gun deaths statistics are so high it’s unbelievable.
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Guns were the leading cause of death by homicide (66.6% of all homicides) and by suicide (52.2% of all suicides). Firearms were the 12th leading cause of all deaths, representing 1.3% of total deaths topping liver disease, hypertension, and Parkinson’s disease, as well as deaths from fires, drowning, and machinery accidents. David Frump, Daily Beast and CNN contributor, stated, "American children under age 15 were nine times more likely to die of a gun accident than children in other advanced wealthy countries…” (“Gun Control” Pro 2). This quote demonstrates the dangers of owning or buying a gun illegally. These poor innocent people are dying because there is no control over guns. You can purchase a gun and you can say it’s for “hunting or shooting ranges”, but really you’re going to use it to harm yourself. It gives me chills when I know there is multiple ways to prevent this. This is just one of the first of many reasons why guns and firearms of any sort should be put on a pedal stool until crimes and rates like those go down. If the government was stricter or harsher with these laws, …show more content…
These stories make me sick because of how they all could be prevented if people were more responsible. This is why mandatory safety features would reduce the number of accidental gun deaths. “Approximately 50% of unintentional fatal shootings were self-inflicted; and most unintentional firearm deaths were caused by friends or family members. According to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the National Physicians Alliance, states with the highest concentration of guns have nine times the amount of accidental gun deaths and "89% of unintentional shooting deaths of children occur in the home—and most of these deaths occur when children are playing with a loaded gun in their parents’ absence." (“Gun Control” Pro 10”) To read that most of these accidents were caused by peoples own family and friends makes me wonder how more safety features aren’t already in place. If you know you have young, curious children at home with guns in your house, they NEED safety features. Not only that, but they should be hidden so well that only the gun owner should know where it is. “The US General Accounting Office (GAO) estimated that 31% of total accidental shooting deaths could have been prevented by installing safety devices on guns: 100% of deaths per year in which a child under 6 years old shoots and kills him/herself or another child could be prevented by automatic child-proof safety locks; and

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