Gun Control

Why the United States should create stricter gun laws.

Background Checks

Currently, about 40 percent of gun sales are conducted without any background check at all. (Everitt) That means any kind of criminal gets a free gun to arm themselves. Not saying guns cause any crime, but the fact that guns are so easy available does make crime more lethal. (Everitt) Don Macalady, member of Hunters against Gun Violence, stated, "Background checks prevent criminals and other dangerous people from getting guns."

National Participation means National Safety

More than 30,000 people die from guns, another 70,000 from firearm attacks. (Collazo) The 2nd amendment states, "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." That doesn't guarantee the right to own a gun. All law articles on the Second Amendment from 1888 to 1959 stated that an individual right was not guaranteed. (ProCon.org)

Gun Ownership

We lose more than 32,000 Americans to gun violence every year in this country that's an average of 87 deaths a day. (Everitt) The US has more guns per capita than any other country in the world. Gun control laws would reduce the societal costs associated with gun violence. (ProCon.org) In 2010, gun violence cost each person in the United States roughly $564 and the US Government $5.5 billion in lost tax revenue. (PIRE)
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