Gun Control in America We Need More Gun Control
October 3, 2019  //  By:   //  Opinions  //  Comments are off

Gun control is one of the most controversial topics in the United States. It is talked about more here than in any other country. Gun control is the set of laws or policies that regulate the manufacture, sale, transfer, possession, modification, or use of firearms by civilians. Recently, gun control debates have focused primarily on background checks for buyers and whether or not citizens should be allowed to carry weapons in public. Firearms of all kinds should be regulated and have many more limitations when it comes to purchasing the weapon.

The second amendment of the United States Constitution states that 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. This is the origin of the gun control issue in America. Proponents of gun control in the U.S. argue that limiting the laws will keep everyone safe, no matter where you live, and that it will reduce crime statistics. Opponents of gun control argue that it would prevent law-abiding citizens to defend themselves against criminals and their right to bear arms. It is such a difficult topic to come to a conclusion on simply because of the second amendment, especially because not all agree with it.

There should be more action taken on gun control because according to a 2017 survey, there were almost 11,000 deaths that year caused by murder or manslaughter involving a firearm, and 40% of citizens owned a gun, or lived in a home with one. 73% of deaths in 2017 caused by any type of crime involved a firearm. In the year of 2016, about 23,000 suicides, and almost 15,000 homicides, some of which involved mass shootings, were all gun-involved.

Over the past 100 years, these numbers have been increasing at an alarming rate and it needs to be fixed. Besides the fact that background checks cannot confirm whether or not the buyer has a mental issue, and the fact that you can buy any type of firearm plus an unlimited amount of them, it is way too easy for people to purchase such deadly weapons. We should care about this topic because we as a country are supposed to keep it safe for generations to come, but instead we are making it dangerous and allowing so many innocent lives to be taken.

About the Author :

Taylor Clyde is a junior at Bainbridge High School. She was previously involved in the cheerleading program for her freshman and sophomore years at BHS. Taylor is very excited to start writing articles! She has two dogs named Spike and Oslo. Her favorite classes to attend at BHS would consist of American Lit and AP Environmental Science.