Amanda New York

Gun Control

I would like to discuss a very important issue in our country. It is an issue that makes many people feel unsafe. The issue is guns in our country.

Dear Future President,

I would like to discuss a very important issue in our country. It is an issue that makes many people feel unsafe. The issue is guns in our country. We can allow guns, but we need to learn how to control the improper use of them. So I hope you can create proper gun control laws to make us feel safer in this country. In my own personal opinion, I think we need to have complete background checks. These checks should include doctor's notes that state that people purchasing a gun are sane and fit to carry the weapon. We need to perform the checks annually, to make sure nothing has happened to them and that they are still fine to have a gun.

There is action needed in this country to properly control the purchasing and use of guns. There needs to be stricter gun control laws. For example, we can make background checks mandatory in every state. Checking their social background is important as well. Some questions we can begin to ask people is did they ever go to jail before? Was the crime violent? Is he or she a good person? In our country more than 30,000 people are killed by firearms each year. More than 30 people are shot and murdered each day. These statistics support my claim because there should also be limits to the amount of guns each person is allowed to own.

My personal and political reason for this argument is that we need and we should do something to control the guns that are such an issue for us in America. Also, we have too many guns in our country. We can’t continue to let more people die, because of improper gun use and mass shootings. This will be a difficult issue to solve, but I think we can do it. Too many children are killed each year from accidentally shooting off guns, or being in the crossfire of bullets meant for other people. Parents do not deserve to lose their children to such violence. 

According to the article, “There Are Now More Guns Than People in the United States” by Christopher Ingraham, “ there are 40 million more guns than people.”  It states that “A 2012 congressional research service report published exactly one month before the Sandy Hook school shooting put the number of civilian firearms at 242 million in 1996, 259 million in 2000, and 310 million as of 2009.” As you can see by these statistics, the number of regular citizens that own guns continues to increase each year.

Another article to support my claim is “Background of The Issue: Should More Gun Control Laws Be Enacted.”   The article showed how many people in United States have guns and how men have more guns than women by stating that "22% of Americans own one or more guns (35% of men and 12% of women)".   The article also showed how many people in United States have guns by saying “the United States has 88.8 guns per 100 people or about 270,00,000."

Many Americans state that gun control laws infringe on Second Amendment rights because the Second Amendment says: “ A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”   We cannot let everyone get guns so easily, and one person should only be allowed one gun. Also, we should redefine how people use guns in self-defense, it does not mean you can use gun to shoot others that you don’t like or something else.e We need to have more respect for one another.

According to the article “Gun Control”, “High rates of gun mortality and injury are often cited as a primary impetus for gun control policies.” The second is “ Gun Control-just facts.” The evidence to support my argument is in this article is showing various geographical areas represent random, demographically diverse places in which such data is available. In the article (“Gun Control-just facts.”) Showing the ownerships. “In 2014, the United States had a population of 319 million people. Based on production data from firearm manufacturers, there were roughly 371 million firearms owned by private citizens and domestic law enforcement in the United States in 2014.Of these, about 146 million were handguns. According to market research, private citizens accounted for 80% of non-military gun industry revenues in 2012.

         Gun Control is an important issue that we should and need to do something about. My point of view on this issue is that as a country we need get together to solve this important issue, because many people die every year by shooting each other. This issue is important to me and to Americans and we need to make sure our government does something about it. It is possible for America to change and become more safe and let us not feel unsafe in this country. Having a safer America with less guns will make our country become better than before.