The Issue Of Gun Violence Essay
Of the 365 days in 2015, there was a total of 330 mass shootings in America (Gun Violence Archive). Of the 53,092 reported gun related incidents that year, there were 13,394 deaths (Gun Violence Archive). There is no doubt that the citizens of the United States of America are facing a major gun problem.
Much debate has arisen on the solution, though. Given that gun ownership is a major part of American culture, the basis of discussion should be clear. It should not be as black and white as guns versus no guns. Instead, the argument should be over how to reduce the violent use of guns. While making people use guns more safely could be a good solution, changing behaviour is usually a hard thing to do (Mair et al. 40). Keeping in mind the death toll that gun violence is infamous for, it is obvious that Americans need immediate results. The better solution then is to focus primarily on implementing reasonable gun laws that: reduce criminal access to firearms and make firearms safer for the individuals using them.
Many people in America disagree, though. The conflict tends to arise on the belief that owning a gun is a fundamental right and any laws inhibiting that are therefore a violation of freedom (Horwitz 18). It can be difficult to argue with this, considering that “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms” is, in fact, written in the Second Amendment (“Second Amendment”). However, it should not be. Its presence is confusing and seems to induce a…