Essay about The Gun Control Of The United States

834 Words Jun 27th, 2016 4 Pages
American Gun Control
The US has a gun violence problem it’s usually most talked about often after a mass shooting but it’s much larger and more complicated than that. Gun deaths in the United States are higher than deaths from AIDS, drugs, wars and terrorism combined. Still think America doesn’t need stricter gun laws? This issue is dividing our community. Some people argue our constitutional right to bear arms and there is no need to increase gun control. Others contend for stricter gun laws and a reform of gun control. It is in all of our interest to reform our gun laws. The second amendment states "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." While the second amendment is a constitutional right, firearms have changed drastically. When the constitution was written guns we only able to fire three bullets per minute compared to the guns we have now such as the AR-15 that can shoot anywhere from thirty to one hundred rounds in a short amount of time.
There has been an estimated 1042 mass shootings in the United States since the sandy hook shooting in 2012. While Mass shootings are only one of the few reasons that gun laws need to change they have caused many deaths and should spark a movement in the direction of change. An article in Mental Health Weekly Digest states “On average, mass killings involving firearms occur approximately every two weeks in the U.S., and school…

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