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Gun Control

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Started: 9/22/2016 Category: Politics
Updated: 4 weeks ago Status: Debating Period
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The United States has 88.8 guns per 100 people, or about 270,000,000 guns, which is the highest total and per capita number in the world. 22% of Americans own one or more guns (35% of men and 12% of women). America's pervasive gun culture stems in part from its colonial history, revolutionary roots, frontier expansion, and the Second Amendment, which 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."

Proponents of more gun control laws state that the Second Amendment was intended for militias; that gun violence would be reduced; that gun restrictions have always existed; and that a majority of Americans, including gun owners, support new gun restrictions.

The is in fact not true!

The Second Amendment protects an individual"s right to own guns; that guns are needed for self-defense from threats ranging from local criminals to foreign invaders; and that gun ownership deters crime rather than causes more crime.

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Yes, it is true that you have given some relatively convincing statistics but you conveniently left out the other side of the argument. To represent my side, here are some statistics quoted from a website:

There were 464,033 total gun deaths between 1999 and 2013: 270,237 suicides (58.2% of total deaths); 174,773 homicides (37.7%); and 9,983 unintentional deaths (2.2%). Guns were the leading cause of death by homicide (66.6% of all homicides) and by suicide (52.2% of all suicides). Firearms were the 12th leading cause of all deaths, representing 1.3% of total deaths topping liver disease, hypertension, and Parkinson"s disease, as well as deaths from fires, drowning, and machinery accidents.

However, everyone can quote statistics, so now, I will be moving on to the main pointers of my arguments.

In present times, it has never been more pressing to impose gun control laws not only in the United States but also in the world. People are becoming increasingly radicalized in today's society, with the rampage of ISIS groups and supporters throughout the world. Maybe the part about removing all radicals from the US is highly improbable but why then. should we provide these radicals with unrestricted access to firearms? Have you ever wondered how easy it is to acquire fire arms in America? With the present gun control "laws" in America, it makes America extremely prone not only to external threats but threats within the nation itself. This is evident from the number of shooting cases happening in recent years. Therefore, doesn't the government's reluctance to impose stricter gun control laws similar to digging our own graves?

Sure you may argue that guns are necessary to protect our individual rights, but at what cost? At the cost of a few thousand other lives in America? At the cost of our sovereignty? At the cost of the whole country? Think about it, an individual won't exist without a nation and a the fragile concept of a "nation" can easily be destroyed by the mere spread of radical ideologies and a few more shooting cases. Take Singapore for example. This country has extremely strict gun control laws and yet its crime rate is one of the lowest in the world? This proves that gun control is not an absolute criterion for the safety of individuals as other measures can be put in place.

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Posted by Confucius1 4 weeks ago
I agree, but I do think more steps need to be taken to ensure your mental state and get your guns checked every so often.
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