Quamere S.

Gun Violence In America

This letter is basically stating all of the facts about gun violence in America. It is giving some of my opinion also. Its also has some credits to the websites that I've gotten some of the facts from.


Dear Future President,

What is it with all of this violence? Why won’t you help stop it? There is a way that we can stop this, now. Many citizens of America, lose their lives due to gun violence. It is frightening to know that we are not safe here and that our lives may be taken away at any moment now. From the rise of gun violence rates, specifically, America. There may still be a way that we as American Citizens can Stop, if not decrease gun violence. The rates of deaths from gun violence has rapidly increased. Throughout 2000-2014, there has been 133 mass shootings in the U.S., according to the World Wide Web. n 2010, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 67% of all homicides in the U.S. were committed using a firearm. According to the FBI, in 2012, there were 8,855 total firearm-related homicides in the US, with 6,371 of those attributed to handguns. In 2012, 64% of all gun-related deaths in the U.S. were suicides. In 2010, there were 19,392 firearm-related suicides, and 11,078 firearm-related homicides in the U.S. In 2010, 358 murders were reported involving a rifle while 6,009 were reported involving a handgun; another 1,939 were reported with an unspecified type of firearm.

There have been an estimated 1,042 mass shootings since the “Sandy Hook” massacre. Everyday, 306 people in America are shot in murders, assaults, suicides, suicide attempts, unintentional shootings, and police intervention; at least 90 people die from gun violent shootings. Even though this country is large in size and population, Finland is next in the ranks in the “Gun Violence System.” Compared to 22 other high-income nations, the United States’ gun related murder rate is 25 times higher. Not including that the State’s suicide rate from gun’s are similar to other countries, It is eight times higher according to CBS News. Gun Homicides are common in the United States. Counting mass shootings that make headlines. Homicides totaled 8,124 in 2014 according to the F.B.I.

Now I understand that there are advantages of having a gun. Mainly for protection, but there are limits to using them a certain kind of way. From as far back as I can think, I believe that guns were made for our armies to protect us in war. Now we have taken advantage of it. To use it against our people, Fellow Citizens of America. I just want this violence to stop, or at least cease. Instead of the 150 of us marching against violence, we as Citizens of America should come ALL come together and fight against it and take charge.

Sincerely, Quamere sabb

Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School


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