There are 300 million guns in the U.S right now. As of 2014, according to PBS, 300 million guns in the U.S translates into 2,626,418 total deaths. Also, one person every minute dies in a gun-related incident and one person commits suicide every 40 seconds. Imagine walking down a street in any state in the U.S.
Wouldn’t you be scared of having a chance at getting killed? There have been 372 mass shootings in the U.S in just 2015! Doesn’t this shock you? Every year the amount of guns being produced has increased rapidly. In 2013, U.
S gun makers produced nearly 11 million guns, the year after the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre. That’s twice as many as they made in 2010. Would people come to a conclusion that by producing fewer guns there would be fewer intentional deaths and unintentional deaths? People who do not support banning guns argue that without guns people won’t be able to protect themselves from the violent world.
The 2nd amendment clearly states that citizens have the right to keep and bear arms but it is often misinterpreted. Although guns help protect people from the violent world, I feel that guns should be banned and only be used by the military. Therefore, the U.S government should ban guns. One reason why the U.
S should ban guns is that if the U.S has more gun control there would be fewer intentional deaths. Imagine if you were staying in a country where there are no guns. It would be safe to say that there are no deaths because there are not any guns for people to use in the country. According to scarymommy.
com, Sarah Huckabee Sanders summed up the Chicago argument saying “I think if you look at Chicago, where you had over 4,000 victims of gun-related crimes last year, they have the strictest gun laws in the country. That certainly hasn’t helped there.” But if you compare Chicago with New York and Los Angeles, New York, and Los Angeles have stricter gun laws than Chicago. This concludes that states with more gun laws have lower gun violence rates. Also, an article written by ProCon is said that “Five women a day are killed by guns in America.
A women’s risk of being murdered increases by 500% if a gun is present during a domestic dispute.” Doesn’t this make you angry? Picture this: You’re a girl walking on a street and you see someone that has a gun in their hand, the risk of you being murdered increases by 500%! Lastly, an article made by theatlantic.com, on April 28, 1996, an Australian man named Martin Bryant pulled out a semiautomatic rifle from his bag and opened fire. “By the time he was caught, 35 people were dead and 23 wounded in what became the worst mass shooting in Australian history.” After the incident, Australia created new and tough laws throughout the country. Ever since new laws have been created, there has been no mass shootings in Australia since the incident. This proves that when there is more gun control in a country fewer deaths will occur.
Another reason why the U.S should ban guns is that if guns were banned there would be fewer unintentional deaths. Someone taking their own life by having the right of using a gun to kill themselves is ridiculous. Sometimes it’s not our fault we want to kill ourselves, it’s because most suiciders act on impulse, in moments of panic or despair many of them attempt suicide during a short-term crisis. So they make unintentional decisions without thinking which leads to tragedy. According to The New York Times, nearly two-thirds of all gun deaths in the U.S are suicides. Also, according to reuters.
com, state’s with more gun ownership have twice as many suicides than other states. This proves to us that when a state has more gun ownership the suicide rate is higher. According to thisjapaneselife.org, Japanese laws on guns are pretty straightforward, one of their laws is “No one shall possess a firearm or firearms or a sword or swords.” One example of showing what this means is “Can I have a gun?” “No.” “Can I have… two guns?” “No.” This shows that if someone asks to have a gun they will get rejected. After this law was created, Japan hasn’t had any gun related deaths in a long time.
Lastly, on January 22, 2016, Bryson Mees-Hernandez found a gun underneath his grandmother’s bed and thought it was a toy, he pulled the trigger and died. How heartbreaking is this? If his grandmother didn’t have a gun none of this would have happened. This shows that if we ban guns none of these tragic events would occur. Although the 2nd amendment from the bill of rights states that there is a right for people to keep and bear arms, it is often misinterpreted.
Since the ratification of the 2nd amendment, Americans have been arguing over the meaning and interpretation of the 2nd amendment. The Human Rights Courts interpreted two sides of the amendment. One side interprets the amendment to mean it provides for collective rights which are rights held by a group of people also known as group rights, while the opposing side interprets the amendment provides individual rights. According to PBS, it states that “The overwhelming consensus was that the Second Amendment gave state militias a right to obtain and bear arms, but it did not give any individual rights. The words of the Second Amendment are ungrammatical and difficult to understand in the best of circumstances.
But if you look at the history and context of the amendment, including other references to state militias in the Constitution, it suggests that the amendment only applied to state militias.” This shows that the 2nd amendment was hard to understand and wasn’t interpreted properly. Also, an article by thenation.com, states that “The idea that the founders wanted to protect a right to have a Glock loaded and stored in your nightstand so you could blow away an intruder is just crazy.” This proves that the founders of the 2nd amendment weren’t thinking about how to interpret the amendment and did not think about the future of the U.S. Lastly, A Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court John Paul wrote in his book “It is true, of course, that the public’s reaction to the massacre of schoolchildren, such as the Newtown killings, and the 2013 murder of government employees at the Navy Yard in Washington, may also introduce a strong emotional element into the debate.
That aspect of the debate is, however, based entirely on facts rather than fiction. The law should encourage intelligent discussion of possible remedies for what every American can recognize as an ongoing national tragedy.”Although guns can protect people from the violent world, I feel that guns should be banned and only be used by the military. A country so big like the U.S needs to put their thinking caps on and think about the future of gun use in the U.S and decide what is really best for their country.
There have been so many deaths caused by guns and the government hasn’t made a change to either making stricter gun laws or producing fewer guns. This proves that banning guns would benefit the people living in the U.S. It would decrease the number of mass shootings and less innocent people would die intentionally or unintentionally.
It is time for the U.S government to realize they need to make a change.