Kenisha W.

Gun Violence

This letter contains reasons why we should stop gun violence.

October 20, 2016

Dear Future President,

Imagine if every day at any moment, you can be killed by a firearm? Thousands of people are dying because of gun violence. Homicides, suicides, and accidents are the outcomes if we don’t push stricter laws on guns. I feel that if we don’t push stricter laws on guns, there will be more deaths and tragedies. Guns and weapons are being purchased and used by the wrong people every day. We need to make sure that guns and weapons end up in the right hands. I feel that if we have more control on guns, our world will be safer and it will decrease the rates of deaths.

The main problem of gun violence is the amounts of deaths. According to the Brady Campaign, it analyze, “On average, 31 Americans are murdered with guns every day and 151 are treated for a gun assault in an emergency room.” This explains that 31 Americans are murdered every day because of guns. Therefore, I think that people purchasing guns should be trained and know how to use a gun before actually buying them. Plus, the amounts of deaths caused by gun violence 2 years ago were ridiculous. According to the CDC data, “There were 33,599 reported gun deaths in 2014”(Green). Which is a rate of 10.54 per 100,000 people. Gun violence isn’t only causing enormous amounts of deaths, but it affecting American children. According to the Brady Campaign, “More than one in five U.S. teenagers (ages 14 to 17) report having witnessed a shooting.” This reveals that gun violence is taking place in kid’s neighborhoods and communities. In addition to that, American children are also being the victims of gun violence. According to the Brady campaign, “An average of seven children and teens under the age of 20 are killed by guns every day.”

Although, I think we should have control on guns, other people disagree. According to Lauren Black, “Those who are anti gun control may believe that the second amendment is something that every American is entitled to, and that banning or putting restrictions on guns would be unconstitutional.” I understand where they are coming from but I still think we need control on guns because people are being killed every day. As a nation, we need some solutions to end this violence. Some solutions are: establish a culture of gun safety and sensitive gun laws. What that mean is people who wants to own a gun would be required mandatory training with safe-and secure gun storage. With these solutions, I think we will gain some progress in ending gun violence. Dear Future President, please hear the cries and concerns of families who lost a loved one due to gun violence and make more stricter laws for gun control.


Kenisha Williams

Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School


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