Cornell R. Pennsylvania

Gun Violence

Gun violence plays a huge part on the death rate across the nation & it needs to end.

Imagine how the victims and families of victims to gun violence feel? Losing their loved ones knowing that they’ll never see them again. In this country it could happen anywhere at any timetime. Many people across the U.S. have been victims to gun violence and they see it in their communities everyday. It’s sad to raise kids in those areas and have them witness tragedy and loss at such a young age. Even though the gun violence rate has decreased in the U.S. the rate is still high. Kids are becoming victims and it seems that things are becoming more hectic. I feel that the gun policies and rights must be changed and overlooked to address this issue.

Every day, 306 people in America are shot in murders, assaults, suicides and suicide attempts, unintentional shootings, and police intervention. Also 90 people die from gun violence every day: 31 are murdered and 56 kill themselves. Between 1993 and 2013 the homicide rate decreased by 340,000 people. Compared to 22 other high-income nations, the United States' gun-related murder rate is 25 times higher. Also the United States' gun-related suicide rate is eight times higher than other high-income countries. People all over the U.S. are affected by gun-violence. Even babies and innocent elders become victims. Of the 30 Americans murdered by guns every day on average roughly 50% are black men who make up only 6% of the population. This is such an important issue in America because we as a nation should be one and be together. There is still a civil war going on within America between everyone. 

President Obama’s gun control proposal calls for background checks on all gun sales, an assault-weapons ban, a 10-round maximum for magazines, and strict enforcement of laws against illegal firearm purchasers. In addition, we could use the “gun-shop project” which is a way to decrease the suicide rate. Which makes up two-thirds of gun deaths in the U.S. People use their friends instead of law enforcement to address the risk. Dear Next President, please hear the screams of children and cry of mothers for their lost loved ones. Look at the death rate due to gun violence across the U.S. Find as many ways as possible to decrease these numbers and keep this country together. As we are killing ourselves and causing our own war.