In recent events, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting has brought issues relating to gun violence to residents of United States. In order to understand the causes of gun violence in the USA, a comparison of gun laws and rates on gun violence in Massachusetts and Mississippi are viewed, the possible solutions of gun violence are discussed, together with a comparison of gun violence in US and Canada. CONCLUSION SENTENCE
Gun violence, “may be defined as a category of violence and crime committed by the use of firearm” (Gun violence, 2013, para. #1). Gun violence can either result in physical or mental injury and death. Guns are owned by a large population in America. Most people own guns for protection or self- defence but a few obtain
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Gun- inflicted deaths arise from impromptu arguments and fights. FBI researchers say that, “in the US two thirds of the 7900 deaths in 1981 involving arguments and brawls were caused by guns. These deaths would largely be replaced by non-fatal injuries if guns were not handy” (Baker, 1985, p. 588). The availability of the gun has an effect on fatality and death rates. Baker (1985) elaborates that, “For any population group, the availability and lethality of firearms are major determinants of death rates. Firearm injuries have an extremely high case of fatality rate; gun homicide rates are highest in localities where gun ownership rates are the highest” (p. 587-588). Obtaining a gun does not mean that a person will use it to commit a crime; however criminal activities can be a result of gun availability.
Criminal homicide, aggravated assault, robbery and rape are categories of violece which are committed with a variety of weapons including guns. According to academic research conducted by Cook (1981)., “a general increase in gun availability would probably have a little effect on the overall robbery rate, but would increase the homicide rate including the rate of robbery murder and possibly reduce the number of aggravated assaults” (p.64-71). Using a gun in criminal violence suggests that there is less danger of victim resistance and killing is accomplished more quickly. Using a gun in robbery suggests that