Persuasive Essay On Gun Control

Our country wants the best but doesn’t want their freedom taken away. Gun control, something we avoid discussing. We know what guns do, but fail to make any change so we can prevent them falling into the wrong hands. We are taught how to prepare for a shooting, living in fear because of how frequent you hear about shooting in the U.S. This is a major problem, we shouldn’t be hearing daily about how guns are being used to commit a crime. Gun control could help us prevent crime and some of the fear. This is a problem for us because someone could easily get access to a military weapon not needed at all and it is legal. Someone with bad intentions could easily do a lot of damage because of our laws and that needs to change.
The right to bear and keep arms comes from the Second Amendment adopted in 1791. There has been many shootings in U.S. history. One of the most frequent being the Las Vegas shooting killing 59 people and injuring 241. The deadliest shooting in modern U.S. Before that was the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007, only 10 years ago. The second deadliest modern shooting was only a year ago being the Orlando nightclub. Which scares me for what could happen in the future. People who are mentally ill are able to get guns when they should not. The CDC states that guns are responsible for 33,000 deaths a year in the U.S. with ⅔’s being suicides. For a bigger perspective how shootings are a problem here, it is shown that the U.S. is responsible for 31% of public mass shootings. Our homicide rate is ⅙ of Canada’s. These statistics should raise our concern on what type of people own gun and push for stricter regulations.
Many people have tried to make changes but it is hard as it is a right and they don’t want that taken from them. Theres also a lack of agreement on gun control making it harder. Some states, New York, North Carolina, and California have made local laws to make stricter rules to own a gun. The first major gun control legislation was The National Firearms Act (NFA) passed by congress in 1934. It was challenged in the Supreme Court for 5 years. Another big step was made in 1968, the Gun Control Act. Some of the things this law did was ban mailed firearm, ammunition and ban the sale of guns to felons, fugitives from justice, illegal drug users and the mentally ill. This was placed due to the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Some restrictions were removed later by the Firearms Owner Protection Act (FOPA) placed in 1986 because of gun-right advocates making the NFA not completely successful. In 1993 Congress passed the Brady Act. This law helped prevent the sale of two million firearm weapons to those ineligible and showed a decline in crime from firearm, homicides fell by 32% because of this law. Democratic lawmakers tried to propose restrictions on buying guns after the Orlando shooting but were rejected because the Senate said it went against Constitutional rights. But there are many ways for people to legally get around the regulations.
It is important to be aware of this issue because it plays a big part in our safety. Knowing that you have a bigger chance getting shot at school/work than anywhere else is concerning. You should feel safe going to school. We should teach people not to be afraid of getting mental care and to push for better mental care. Make sure to store guns safely from reach of children. I think we should also teach more about how guns have affected our society to raise concern to push for new laws. You could always donate to a gun reform group to prevent violence like the The Brady Campaign and States United to Prevent Gun Violence in America. And you can always contact your state and local representatives.
I feel this obstacle should be overcome because we should feel safe as possible in our country. Many innocent people have lost their lives due to guns falling in the wrong hands. If we push for stricter control we can help prevent this and reduce the fear. We should teach people around us that violence is not the answer and to get help when needed. We need to stop doing nothing while all these shooting are happening. We need to push for change in our government.