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Gun Control in the U.S
Transcript of Gun Control in the U.S
Lots and lots of guns. 270 000 000 guns, to be exact. (Karp 47) That's about 88.8 guns for every 100 people. And we, Canada, have 30.8 guns per 100 people, https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/flags/newflags/ca-lgflag.gif http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-aEHcZTAD5W4/UJgh-eWULRI/AAAAAAABTVA/S9NTF5-YNOQ/s1600/Switzerland_Flag.jpg Switzerland has the second highest gun ownership, It's the most guns total and per 100 people out of every country in the world. and they have 45.7 guns per 100 people. It means http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2011/3/30/1301469109662/Video-grab-of-Cho-Seung-h-007.jpg http://www.algemeiner.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/columbine-cafeteria.jpg http://static.globalgrind.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/gallery_image/images/2012_july/ayg9shiceaeotqr_1.jpg http://www.theblaze.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/426x6001.jpg Eric Harris, 18. Dylan Klebold, 17. Columbine High School. 24 injured. 15 dead. V-Tech Univeristy. Seung-Hui Cho, 23. 23 injured. 33 dead. James Holmes, 24. Aurora Theater 58 injured. 12 dead. Adam Lanza, 20. Sandy Hook Elementary. 2 injured. 28 dead. These are just a few of the shootings in recent American history that we've all heard of. And they make just a small portion of the 62 mass shootings the country's had since 1982 (Seligan, and Jahnke 7-10). While you may be familiar with the shootings, you may not have known that every one of the guns used by these shooters were legally acquired.
http://i.ebayimg.com/t/1999-newspaper-COLUMBINE-HIGH-SCHOOL-MASSACRE-Eric-Harris-Dylan-Klebold-/00/s/NzY4WDEwMjQ=/$(KGrHqV,!lcE+4MnPgSbBQFzBwKBBw~~60_57.JPG http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-x76W0Dglq9w/Ta8jd6wYxBI/AAAAAAAAAd8/rqsaeGpZ5cI/s1600/Columbine.jpg http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_3q-t9_OzMds/RjeVH9hBEaI/AAAAAAAAAEU/n0rxwgRmM-w/s1600-h/Picture+5.png In fact, 86% of guns used in all mass shootings are legally acquired (Follman). All of the men you saw in the pictures earlier were allowed to carry a gun. In fact, it was their right to carry a gun. Somehow, you get the feeling maybe that wasn't the best idea. After all, all of the previously mentioned shooters had signs of mental instability. Some were depressed, some suffered extreme anxiety and paranoia, and some had trouble separating their thoughts and fantasies from reality (Goldberg 68-78). Only one of the 5 (James Holmes, Aurora Theater.)shooters previously mentioned didn't kill themselves after the shooting. Lenient laws, or in some cases, no laws at all, that allow people with severe mental health issues to carry a firearm have killed almost 400000 people in America since Martin Luther King Jr's assassination in 1968 (Romano, and Wingert 34-39). http://www.johnlennon.com/wp-content/themes/jl/images/home-gallery/2.jpg Many beloved icons, like John Lennon, Were shot by people with known psychotic problems. The man who shot Lennon was delusional and schizophrenic who claimed the "little people" in his head said killing Lennon would make actress Bridgette Bardot love him. (Thompson, 62) His gun was also legally bought and owned (Gold). One of the reasons people that shouldn't have guns do is because there are ways to get guns, legally, with just a driver's license. Through the internet, gun shows, and private deals, almost half of all guns bought by Americans are with no background check (Goldberg). By simply adding laws that make background checks on mental health mandatory for every gun purchase, countless lives could be saved. Argument 2: Too Many Guns http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/norris_flag.jpg In contrast, Approximately 3 times less than the US
(Goldberg 72). Basically, the U.S has an insane amount of guns, even more than war torn countries like Syria and Libya. (Follman) Which is how they end up with 600 deaths a year from accidental shootings. In 2009, there was only 173 cases of gun homicide total in Canada ("GunPolicy.org- International firearm injury prevention and policy"). That means Americans have somehow manged to shoot almost 3 times more people accidentally than we do altogether in a year. http://www.google.ca/imgres?q=confused+face&hl=en&sa=X&tbo=d&biw=1920&bih=1069&tbm=isch&tbnid=3BKwg4Jplvx5BM:&imgrefurl=http://depositphotos.com/5597314/stock-photo-Confused-woman-with-cables.html&docid=nWrJtTbdAHZjdM&imgurl=http://static6.depositphotos.com/1018560/559/i/950/depositphotos_5597314-Confused-woman-with-cables.jpg&w=1024&h=682&ei=E58HUejuD4qLywHDwYDgBA&zoom=1&ved=1t:3588,r:65,s:0,i:352&iact=rc&dur=3166&sig=116616925291943467091&page=2&tbnh=169&tbnw=265&start=46&ndsp=55&tx=109&ty=122 As gun control activist Tom Mauser put it,"It just makes sense that if you have people walking around armed, your gonna have a higher rate of people killing each other." And considering almost 80% of Americans own a gun, it time to do something to do something to stop all these unnecessary deaths (Goldberg 74). Whil In addition, another 30000 Americans are killed by guns due to domestic disputes, like divorces
or getting fired from a job. (Romano 36) While due to American history and pop culture high importance on guns will always be placed, rules and regulations are needed to keep the general public safe. For example, one rule that should be reinstated was a ban on semi automatic assault weapons from 1994 that expired in 2o04 (Ziegler). Also, a restriction should be on clips on 50 or more, Because in what situation does a civilian need the power to kill hundreds of people in a few seconds? http://monstrosity.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/zombies.jpg ? To get straight to the point with you, America has a gun problem. A big one. And while people should have the right to defend themselves with firearms, laws need to be in place to make sure that guns are being used in a safe and responsible way. By limiting who can have a gun and what sort of gun they can have, we can make sure that the guns are actually saving lives, and not taking them. Argument 3: It Can Be Done http://www.creativecriminals.com/images/Handguncontrolgodblessamerica1.jpeg As previously mentioned, the United States has many more guns then other countries, and many more gun related deaths too, unfortunately. The U.S has more than 3 times the firearm related deaths than any other developed nation, including Japan, Switzerland, Germany, France, Great Britain, and us, Canada (Sullivan). All of which have stricter gun control laws than the U.S (Dionne Jr. ). Australian Prime minister, John Howard, commented after the Virginia Tech Shooting that: ".... mass killing took place in Australia in 1996, we took action to limit the availability of guns, and we showed a national resolve that the gun culture that is such a negative in the United States would never become a negative in our country." It's time for America to learn from it's mistakes and grow as a nation. Times have changed, and the current firearm regulations aren't working anymore. Maybe they never were, and it's taken us a horrifying epidemic of mass shootings to realize something has to be done. And that change has too come soon, because there are: Argument One: Too Many Massacres (And most importantly,) END