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Every year more than 100,000 people are injured or killed by guns in the U.S. Many of these guns are purchased by people who do not have to undergo a background check or are stolen from people who purchased them legally.
This is a concern, because we are all at risk of being killed by these weapons. It is hard to believe, but even mentally disturbed people can slip through the background check system and purchase guns.
I believe there should be stronger restrictions on the types of guns, and a restriction on high capacity magazines that can be sold and that ALL people be subject to background check without exception. No one needs a weapon for killing lots of people really fast. By limiting the number and types of weapons on the street, specifically assault type weapons with high capacity magazines, we can decrease the numbers of mass murders.
Take a look at some statistics for each year:
31,537 people die from gun violence
11,583 people are murdered.
18,783 people kill themselves.
584 people are killed accidentally. 334 are killed by police intervention
Some may say that the second amendment to the constitution guarantees the right for all individuals to bear arms. Others would say that it is not guns that kill people, it is bad people who kill people. I believe that US citizens should have the right to own guns for hunting and sport shooting only.
Now you know the fact about guns and what destructive power they have now what do you think?
1"Background on Gun Control." Background on Gun Control. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2015. .
2 Unstable., E., and 1225 Eye Street, Nw, Suite 1100, Washingt. THERE ARE TOO MANY VICTIMS OF GUN VIOLENCE (n.d.): n. pag. Web.
3Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times, n.d. Web. 2 Feb. 2015.
FBI crime statistics
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It would nearly impossible to ban guns because of our borders with Mexico and Canada. The United States has a federal ban on marijuana however it has been very unsuccessful because Americans can easily obtain it from Mexico. If we were to ban guns, the same situation would likely arise. Prohibition is another example of a ban gone awry. In both of these situations the only ones who benefit are the criminals.
Another flaw in the gun control argument is the hypocrisy behind the "blame the gun mentality". For example, if there is a bombing we blame the bomber, if there is a drunk-driving accident we blame the driver, but when there is a shooting we blame the person and the gun. Also why not ban fast cars. After all they are scary looking, and clearly designed to kill people by enabling them to exceed the speed limit. These are the same reasons the anti-gun lobby wants to ban assault rifles.
Finally, I would like to address my opponent"s point in his first argument that guns should be allowed for hunting. How do you know if someone will use a gun for shooting an animal or someone else?
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Gun-induced suicide. Over two-thirds of gun deaths are suicides. Gun control laws may be able to limit a few of these but the user of the gun and the owner may very well not be the same person.
Assault rifle bans. Assault rifles account for a minute amount of gun deaths. However, since they are scary looking, the gun control lobby continuously tries to ban them.
Blame the gun. In gun tragedies the gun is often blamed for the death. While the gun was the mechanism for death, the person using the gun ultimately decided to pull the trigger. This brings me to my last point.
Impractical. Most gun deaths are due to gang violence. Gangs do not obtain weapons legally. In order to stop the majority of gun deaths we cannot just ban guns as we have tried to ban marijuana. I bring marijuana up because the ban on it doesn't work, it just makes them look for other suppliers such as the cartels. This leads to an increase in violence which is the main argument for a gun ban.
In conclusion while common sense measures such as a background check and gun safety class are important, a gun ban would not do much in the way of preventing gun deaths because it would only take guns away from the hands of good people. And while it seems smart to ban scary assault rifles, it would do nothing to prevent gun deaths. And while gun violence is a problem, gun control is not a solution.
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