Essay The Violence Of The United States

1248 Words Apr 6th, 2016 null Page
Violence in the United States has become one of the largest topics of debate as of recent. Murder has become much too common, and the rate of this crime is only increasing. The solution to violence, more specifically gun violence, is a large point of discussion in the current presidential race. Citizens and politicians alike have very different viewpoints on how this issue should be dealt with, and this disagreement is causing a hindrance to actually solving the problem at hand.
The number of mass shooting in the United States is increasing at an alarming rate. There have been more mass shootings since 2005 than the past 23 years before that. This is for multiple reasons. Guns are readily available to whomever wants to buy them. So long as a person isn’t a criminal, or doesn’t fit some very specific criteria, he or she is able to purchase a firearm with just some simple paperwork and an instant background check. This flawed system has allowed many people to legally purchase a gun, then go on to commit violence and mass murder. In fact, Mother Jones Magazine looked into all of the weapons used in mass shootings, and discovered that 82% of the guns used in mass shootings were obtained legally. In order to buy a firearm, an individual must go through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). While the background check is being conducted, a 72 hour hold is put on the transaction. A major flaw that comes with this is the idea of “default proceed” which the…

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