Essay about Stop the Killing: Pass Gun Control Legislation Now

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A study by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) found that the rate of firearm death of children 14 and under is nearly twelve times higher in the U.S. than in 25 other industrialized nations. When comparing the high U.S. gun murder rate to that of other nations, it is vital to realize that the U.S. is also unique in one other relevant way: lax gun ownership restrictions. Almost all industrialized nations have more stringent regulations on weapons possession than the United States, and not surprisingly, all of them have a lower murder rate. Many people are finally beginning to recognize the rather significant correlation between high firearm murder rates and high accessibility of guns. Although an overwhelming majority of Americans …show more content…
Fact: In 1996, murders committed with handguns numbered 2 in New Zealand, 15 in Japan, 30 in Great Britain, 106 in Canada, 213 in Germany, and 9,390 in the U.S.

Two thirds of all U.S. murders in 1996 were committed with guns. How many of these tragedies could have been averted if the assailants had not had easy access to killing devices? We are left only to wonder. Guns-rights advocates argue that "Guns don't kill people; people kill people," but this contention simply cannot nullify the fact that guns provide us with a dangerous, potentially fatal outlet for our otherwise ephemeral passions. Simply put, firearms cause permanent consequences for what may be only a temporary problem, and although "people kill people," guns give them a quick way to do it before they have the chance to reconsider.

Some arguments of guns-rights supporters, however, are more difficult to dismiss. John Lott, a fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, holds that there are two million incidents every year in which guns are used defensively. These situations include the intimidation of people on the verge of public shooting sprees and mothers preventing their children from being kidnapped by car-jackers. While this point makes a strong case for the right to bear arms, it does not bolster the contention that there should not be tight restrictions on who can have a gun; after all, someone with a history to car-jacking or spraying bullets should not have this

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