Guns, Life Savers or Life Takers?

By: Spencer Green

Have you ever seen a bumper sticker or sign that says"I support the second amendment!?"I'm sure you've seen something like that. However guns are dangerous. Many innocent people have been killed by guns. In 2004 almost 30,000 people were killed by guns. America should tighten gun laws.

Many people have died due to guns. We lose more than 30,000 people to guns every year! That is an average of 87 deaths per day! (Linda Greenhouse 2008) Out of 27 developed countries the US has the highest rate of gun related deaths.("Gun Control Laws".2015.) That is 40 times the rate of the U.K. The U.K. has very strict laws. Also, modern weapons are much more deadly than they were when the second amendment was made.

Without guns people would be less intimidating, and they would not be able to threaten people. A sawed off shotgun or assault rifle might not have been the arms the second amendment was talking about. There are about 280 million guns in homes around the US. Almost 30% of homes in the US have a gun.

Without guns there would be less robberies. The District of Columbia has the toughest gun control laws in the US. Washington D.C. Requires guns be disassembled or kept under lock. According to Harvard School of Public Health, the access to guns directly affects the amount of homicide.
You may be wondering if we would have to stop hunting. Bow hunting and crossbow hunting would still be available. We should use less powerful weapons. Also, we could use traps to hunt smaller weapons.
Guns are very dangerous. Many innocent people have died due to guns. In 2004 alone almost 30,000 people died from guns. Tightening gun laws would lessen robberies. People would appear less frightening and intimidating. Many people have died due to guns. If you see someone protesting anti-gun laws you may want to show them these facts.


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