Gun violence: a colossal problem requiring action

It is estimated that over 13,000 people were killed and 26,000 were injured in the United States in 2015 due to gun violence. Gun violence is becoming a colossal problem in America and across the globe and many United States government officials are debating about guns and gun violence.

According to statistics, the United States has the highest rate of gun violence among all developed countries. With such a colossal problem, should guns stay in the hands of citizens or should the government repeal the Second Amendment, which is the right to bear arms?

I believe in a middle ground. I believe that the citizens of the United States should have the right to access or bear arms, but I also think that it is not safe for every single citizen to be allowed to have a gun because of the frequent mass shootings that have occurred recently. I think that when people apply for a gun license, they should be background checked more thoroughly and tested for any possible mental health issues or connections to other people that can abuse guns. After all, gun violence has been increasing rapidly along with the mental health illness rate in America.

…the United States has the highest rate of gun violence among all developed countries.”

Guns are also falling into the hands of people whose gun license applications were denied. I think that this is happening because people are selling guns to people illegally for higher prices. The recent mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, which holds the record of largest mass shooting in Texas, was performed by a man who was denied gun access, but was armed anyway. He also had a connection to a woman in the church. This means that people that apply for a gun license should also be checked for a history of domestic violence.

Many mass shootings that occur are carried out with very powerful weapons that shoot multiple bullets per second, which increases the death rate. I think that people who do have a gun license should not be allowed to have powerful or military-grade guns. I think there should be a law passed that gun owners are only allowed to have a small handgun for protection or a hunting rifle. This law would have an exception for law enforcement and active members of the military.

With our colossal gun-violence issue, the United States should try to prevent future incidents by rewriting our gun laws.



FACTS: 43% of United States civilians own guns, and around 300 million guns are owned in the US. On average, a gun-carrying American citizen owns 8 firearms.


Sources: | “Texas Church Shooting” from NBC News