The Problem Of Gun Violence Essay

1277 Words Sep 23rd, 2015 null Page
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 lost lives. The National Center for Injury Protection, a department of the Center for Disease Control, reported that in 2010 guns caused the death of 31,000 Americans, which is equivalent to over 85 gun related deaths each day. The amount of American soldiers killed in the Vietnam War between 1955 and 1975 was around 58,000, a number equivalent to the number of gun deaths in the United States for a two-year period. We as nation lose far too many lives to gun violence each year for no action to be taken. Furthermore, the astounding number of gun violence related death in America causes a widespread feeling of fear in the American public, another undesirable consequence of gun violence.
Children are the population most negatively effected…

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