Gun Violence and Control
The issue of gun control has been debated for a long time, probably ever
since they were invented. The gun is a small, rather easy to obtain, weapon that
is lethal if used in the right or wrong way. This makes the gun an extremely
dangerous factor in our lives. If used improperly, a gun could be lethal to not
only the target, but the user as well. The availability of guns has sky rocketed
in the past decade or so, and the immense population of guns in our society make
it a dangerous place to live. Gun claims approximately 38,000 lives in
the U.S. each year, including 5,000 children and teenagers. In the past few
years, many steps have been taken to help reduce the risk of fatal accidents or
Congress passed a landmark bill, banning the sale, manufacture and, importation of semi-
automatic assault weapons and large capacity ammunition clips. Due to this ban, the number of
a crime traced to assault weapons has decreased almost 20% from 1994. This ban was
repealed by the House of Representatives. On March 22, 1996 another big legislation in the
fight against guns was the Brady bill, which demands a 5 day waiting period for all handguns
purchases. The only real way to eliminate most gun violence is to eliminate
the availability of guns. Surely making guns illegal would do this but this
raises a very important issue.
If you outlaw guns, only the outlaws will have guns. Simply put, no
matter how many bans you put out, there will be away to support the criminals in the U.S.
The NRA has made sure that this will never happen. What the United States needs is some one
to pass a bill that will protect all our citizens. Some think that there should be more availability
As I mentioned, Congress passed a ban on the sale, manufacture, and importation of all semi-
automatic assault weapons. Soon after the 104th Congress resumed power, The...