The Effects Of Gun Violence

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It seems that today we can not get through a single news cycle with out hearing “Shooting in ”. In the two years since the horrific mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, and over 82,000 Americans have died due to gun violence but little to zero action has been taken to prevent gun violence. This is a clear failure of the system of gun regulation. No person should have to live in fear of gun violence. To understand the problem of gun violence and create a policy solution moving forward, we must examine the undesirable effects of gun violence, the underlying issues causing gun violence, and the failed policies and regulations regarding guns.
Gun violence creates numerous undesirable social conditions, the first being
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Exposure to gun violence has serve consequences for children. Children in the United States are eleven times more likely to die at the hands of gun violence than children in any other high wealth developed country in the world. Further, a recent study published in Pediatrics, repotted that one in four children in the US were exposed to gun violence. While both of these numbers indicating that children in the United States are highly exposed to gun violence, it is the effects of this widespread exposure that are the most staggering. Children exposed to gun violence at home, in their communities, and through the media experience negative psychological effects including desensitization to violence, poor academic performance, and post traumatic stress disorder. “The Future of Children”, a publication produced by Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Government, argues that these negative psychological conditions make children more prone to act violently themselves, creating a perpetual cycle of …show more content…
Approximately 40 percent of all gun sales in the United States do not require a background check due to loopholes in the Brady Handgun Violence Act. In a survey of state prison inmates involved in gun offenses found just 13.4 percent had obtained their gun from a licensed seller. Radcliffe Haughton purchased a semi-automatic weapon form a private seller, becoming part of the 40 percent of gun sales that do not receive a background check. Had Haughton undergone a background check, a restraining order from his wife, Zina, would have prevented him from purchasing said weapon and using it to murder Zina. Had universal background checks been in place Zina would still be alive today. Instead, Zina and Haughton became one of many sad stories of preventable gun violence in America. Furthermore, Universal background checks are a simple, effective, and popular policy implementation to curtail the rise of gun violence as states with universal background check laws experience 48 percent less gun trafficking and 17 percent fewer cases of assault with a

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