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Transcript of Gun Control
U.S. Gun Ownership Statistics
34% of people in the West admit to owning a gun.
38% of people in the South admit to owning a gun.
35% of people in the Midwest admit to owning a gun.
27% of people in the Northeast admit to owning a gun.
25% of urban residents own a gun, 36% suburban residents own a gun, and 51% of rural residents own a gun.
U.S. Gun History (1960)
In 1969, President Lyndon B. Johnson attempted to prevent gun violence, which was extremely prominent at the time. He advocated the regulation of gun purchases and the restrictions of handguns; the national homocide rate went down 5% in the following years.
In 1969, over 90 million Americans owned a handgun, and 50% of households in the U.S. had at least one weapon in their possesion. That went down almost 8% due to President Johnson's influential laws.
U.S. Gun History (1980)
43% of Americans lived in a household that owned some sort of firearm at the start of the 1980's, but drastically increased to 51% by 1987.
The U.S. Congress passed the National Firearm Protections Act in 1986 that eased the restrictions imposed in 1969; This decade also had the second-highest homocide percentage in the history of the U.S. Additionaly, the illegal gun ownership percentage went up by 6%.
U.S. Statistics Summary
It seems that firearms circulate more frequently as one travels from Urban to Rural, probably due to environmental factors, such as animals. This is most probably the reason why firearms become rarer as one travels northward in the U.S.- the North side of the United States is very industrial and Urban, while the South side consists of more Rural areas and is more agricultural due to climate. Another presupposition that arises from the data is that as children get older, families purchase firearms. This may be true for a variety of reasons, the most likely being for self-defense from bullies, thugs, or other threats who may target older children rather than younger ones.
By: Abhiraj Neti, Rohan Nagabhriava, and Tanay Rishi
33% of families who have a child from the ages of 0-4 have a gun.
33% of families who have a child from the ages of 5-11 have a gun.
37% of families who have a child from the age of 12-17 have a gun.
According to the U.S Office of Justice Programs, many juvenile delinquents and young adults can easily obtain guns illegally; most claim to carry them for self-defense.
People between the ages of 15 and 24 are most likely to be targeted by gun violence as opposed to other forms of violence. From 1976 to 2005, 77 percent of homicide victims ages 15-17 died from gun-related injuries.
In 2010, nearly one in three households had a gun, and one in every five Americans owned a firearm.
Analysis of U.S. Gun History
Proposed Solution Analysis
Currently, the United States Government is debating the best course of action against illegal gun ownership, exposure of weapons to teenagers, and homicides relating to firearms.
Due to the U.S.'s hesitance to bring about change gun control laws, many states have taken the matter into their own hands, attempting to reduce ownership percentages and eradicate teenage homicide.
However, the unwillingness of the United States is damaging the lives of many individuals; Events such as the Sandy Lake shooting heavily damage not only the envirnoment that children are growing in, but also hinder the growth and the development of those individuals.
There seems to be a correlation between the percentage of gun owners and the national homocide rate. The restictions presented by the laws of the 1960's lowered not only the percenage of gun owners, but also the teenage homicide rate. However, the leniency of the laws of the 1980's exponentially increased both the gun ownership percentage and the homicide rate. Thus, the U.S. Government must bring back the severity of old laws in order to prevent homocides and exposure of guns to young kids and teenagers.
The current solution offered by the United States Government is ineffective in its purpose of preventing illegal circulation of guns and teenage homicide.
Dealers of guns perform mediocre checks to ensure that the firearm is not misused or mistreated. However, the Government does not examine these checks, so most dealers do not even perform these checks.
Lastly, the current policies do not call for constant check-ups on the wherabouts of purchased guns. Thus, former criminals could bribe magnanimous owners of guns, therby risking the safety of the environment.
Our new solution consists of stricter guidelines when it comes to the selling and circulating of guns. This solution makes it mandatory for individuals to have their guns checked every 6 months, to ensure they are not being circled illegally. If an individual does not meet the deadline for checking their gun in, they can receive various punishments, ranging from a fine for missing the deadline to 15 years of imprisonment if caught in circulating guns. Also, at the time of the initial purchase, extensive background checks will be completed to ensure that the client does not have connections with known criminals. Also, if a client has members in his or her house under the age of 18, extra safety precautions such a gun lock, gun sock, etc. are provided free of cost.
This new solution is much more effective in controlling guns. Our solution ensures that the person buying the gun is a trustable client because the background checks are very extensive. The punishments are much more severe, so potential misusers fear commiting any misdemeanors. Additionaly, the additional safety supplies provided for clients with younger family members will help protect children from the detrimental, and potentially lethal effects of the gun(s).
In S.E. Hinton's famous novel
, guns are a prominent factor on the daily lives of the main characters, who are all adolecents. "We can‘t walk alone at all. I stared carryin‘ a heater (gun)." (Hinton 83). The guns are usually illegaly obtained, and are often used for improper and dangerous motives, leading to massive reprecussions. " Dallas raised the gun... The policemen's guns sit fire into the night..." (Hinton 154). The context of guns in this novel portrays the problems rural areas had with gun control in the 1960's.
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Why is this important?
Every year, hundreds of children are killed due to "accidents" with guns that are easily preventable. Every year, people are killed in shootings such as in Sandy Lake, where 20 people lost their life. Every year, hundreds of guns are circled illegally to criminals, who use use them improperly. However, with your help and awareness, we can help mold a better nation by improving gun control policies and, potentially, eradicate gun violence.
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