The Problem of Gun Politics in the United States
The Brady campaign to prevent gun violence states every day 8 children and teens die from gun violence, 4 are murdered, 3 die from suicide and 1 killed unintentionally. Every day 39 children and teens are shot and survive, 31 injured in an attack, 1 survives a suicide attempt and 7 shot unintentionally Not only is the 2nd amendment giving access to have a gun to protect ourselves, it is giving others access to commit violent crimes that involve a firearm. Guns are not just used to have protection against harm, but it is also used to create dangerous scenarios out in the public.
For instance, according to the Stanford news in June 21, of 2017 Stanford law school professor John Donohue found that states who have the right to carry laws have had 13 to 15 percent increase in violent crime in the 10 years after enacting those laws. according to the blog connect US the global issues blog, they state that there is a risk of having a concealed weapon in public following this statement
In 2014, in a movie theater, a retired police officer shot and killed another man because of an argument over text messaging, a reason that is, admittedly, too shallow to murder someone. This only confirms what the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence says about concealed carry, members of the public who carry guns risk escalating everyday disagreements into public shootouts, especially in places where disputes frequently occur in bars, at sporting events, or in traffic. (Lombardo)
Also, its giving others the choice to kill innocent people. It can be dangerous to have the right to have a concealed weapon out in the open because according to the same blog that I had mentioned earlier, it states that having the right to concealed carry encourages criminals to carry guns A survey conducted by the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, with incarcerated felons as respondents, showed that 75% of criminals carry a gun because of the possibility that a victim is also armed. Imagine someone who does not carry a gun or a non- carrier, and they walk out to a restaurant or a pubic area with their family or just by themselves, how would they feel if they knew that other people had guns or concealed weapons on them, Pretty nerve racking huh, see everyone is capable of doing things no one thought they would do, imagine what people would do if they were ticked off or pushed to their limits in public and they had a gun with them, in that scenario there is a chance of that person just losing it and pulling a gun, and then pulling the trigger out of rage, that is something that we should consider when deciding to decrease gun control.
Let’s keep in mind that the 2nd amendment was created in 1791 way back when the only firearm like weapon we had were muskets and it took like a minute to reload them. There were no heavy guns like ak47s, shotguns, snipers or rifles. It’s pretty clear that our founding fathers didn’t consider the idea that over time the human race will have the brilliant idea of creating more new, powerful and dangerous firearms. With the idea of creating more advanced firearms, comes the idea of abusing the right to bare arms, or for some states the right to conceal and carry. With this which enhances the idea for young adults to have a gun, and for some cases some young adults abuse that idea and turn it into a public endangerment. For instance, business insider’s website states that There have been 154 mass shootings in the US so far in 2018 which there have been nearly as many US mass shootings as days in 2018 and of course these shootings just don’t happen by themselves, they happen because a person who has access to a firearm made the decision to create a public shooting.
In conclusion, there are a lot of reasons and evidence that states that we should have more gun control, for the safety of the people, to decrease crime, have less people die from firearms and to update our 2nd amendment, for the safety of our people.
KIGER, PATRICK J. 10 Big Questions in the U.S. Gun Control Debate. n.d. 9 october 2018.
Lombardo, Crystal R. ConnectUS. n.d. 9 october 2018.
martinovich, milenko. States with right-to-carry concealed handgun laws experience increases in violent crime, according to Stanford scholar. 21 june 2017. 9 october 2018. .
Melia Robinson, Skye Gould and Samantha Lee. There have been 154 mass shootings in the US so far in 2018 here’s the full list. 28 june 2018. 9 october 2018.