Gun Bans In America

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America is one of the most well armed nations in the world, with “American citizens owning about 270 million of the world’s 875 million firearms”. (Maclnnis, 2007) To clarify, Americans own about 30% of all the guns owned in America. The reason for this is because of the Second Amendment states, “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” (The Constitution of the United States) This part of the constitution basically allows people the freedom to have guns and to use them at their discretion. In addition to the amendment, there are definitely reasons for these high percentages of owning guns and the answer to that can be found right in our own beliefs and values. Americans value individualism and equality in their …show more content…
In the statics and studies done in countries with gun bans and countries without gun bans shows the impact that the bans have. Studies show, “it is true that countries like Great Britain and Japan have very strict laws on gun ownership (including the police). In those countries, there are significantly fewer deaths by gunshot than in the United States. (Boylan 2013) This evidence shows that the public would definitely be safer without handguns. In addition to the previously given data studies show that “out of all firearm-related crimes in 1993, 86 percent involved the use of a handgun.” (Center, 2000) Along with these statics, there is psychological and mental agony of family members and friends who have been affected by a handgun death. The other side of the debate says that it doesn’t matter if handguns are banned, the public wont be safe either way. Owning a gun is a civil right that every American had and cant be denied to an individual. In addition, criminals that use handguns violently will find other ways to cause harm to others in the event of banning handguns. The use of knives for violent purposes is becoming more and more common in this generation. Also, the use of bombs has also become more consistent due to the access to technology that people …show more content…
I will need to be sensitive to all of their cultural and ethnic differences and be advocates for their needs, in that area as well. Overall, the gun control debate is a very touchy subject, and can lead to many different directions of arguments. My opinion states that I don’t necessarily agree that the public would be safer if handguns were banned but I do think that there should be extra precautions on that subject. “Studies were taken in the United States that came to the conclusion that 40 percent of firearm transactions are done by people who are not licensed gun dealers (Webster & Vernick , 2013, pg.6)This number of unlicensed people selling guns is traumatizing and very dangerous to society. The individuals making profit illegally selling firearms could potentially be selling them to criminals, severely mentally ill people, and youth because they are not professionally trained to know all the rules and regulations. To support my argument “data from a national survey of inmates indicated that nearly 80 percent of those who had used a handgun in a crime had acquired it through a transaction with an individual who was not a licensed gun dealer.”(Webster, & Vernick , 2013, pg.6) There are federal laws that prohibit certain categories of people from having firearms. Some of these are felons, fugitive, individuals convicted of a misdemeanor

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