The Importance Of Stricter Gun Control

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“The United States has an average of 88 guns per 100 people, giving us the highest gun ownership rate in the world”(Washington Post 4). Gun control is the regulation of the selling, owning, and use of guns (Merriam-Webster 1). Lately, the Second Amendment has been a recurrent topic in the news. Some people believe that the rights granted by the Second Amendment are in danger of being taken away from them due to the threat of gun control laws becoming stricter. However, with the amount of mass shootings in the United States increasing there are safety issues with guns that need to be addressed. Stricter gun laws in the United States should be put in place for purchasing and owning guns. Stricter gun control laws are needed to have a safer…show more content…
The weaker gun laws that a state has the more deaths occur by guns in that state. All states should have the same minimum laws for guns modeled after states that have been successful in reducing gun deaths because it would greatly decrease the amount of deaths by guns. California has the strongest guns laws in the country and one of the lowest death rates by guns. Moreover, Massachusetts has some of the most effective gun laws in the United States as it has the absolute lowest death rate in the U.S. by guns as of 2017. On the other hand, Alaska has some of the weakest laws in the country and has the highest death rate in the whole country. (Giffords 1) Adding more gun laws or standard laws for every state could tremendously reduce the amount of lives lost. More gun control laws are needed because there have been too many deaths by guns in the past if they are appropriately modeled after successful low death rate states. To obtain a gun in the various states there are different processes dependent on the state. Many states require a background check but some people have started to buy guns online and not all online retailers require background checks. Therefore allowing people who would not usually be able to purchase a gun to go around the background check requirements to own a gun regardless of the fact that they would be denied if they had to pass a background check. In the past 36 years over…show more content…
The Second 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” (Legal Information 1). However the Collective Rights Theory refers to the rights of a group to own guns versus the rights of an individual to own guns. This theory analyzes the grammatical makeup of the Second Amendment and because of the way in which it is written it actually refers to a group versus an individuals’ own right. The theory would support that groups not individual people can own guns. Also, legislative bodies possess the right to regulate firearms which includes what guns are allowed to be purchased by the public. By having laws that allow citizens to only buy specific guns after they pass background checks, they can help eliminate some safety concerns. There would be less safety concerns because damage from the bullet of a handgun causes less damage than the bullets from a military style weapon. As each shot from the gun causes less damage, “the maximum effective rate of fire at 45 rounds per minute” (Slate 1). The Second Amendment is not just every gun to all of the public. By realizing the difference between what most people believe the Second Amendment means and its true meaning, different laws can be put in place to make sure gun control is

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