Gun Control Essay

1347 WordsMay 14, 20136 Pages
Guns: Who is Really in Control? “Did I kiss her good-bye that morning? I can’t remember.” Over and over, Jenny Wieland relives the events of November 20, 1992. She was rushing off to work in Seattle, Washington. Her one and only child, Amy, just 17 was getting ready for school. “ Did I tell her that I loved her? Oh, I hope so”. It was the last chance she would ever have. That afternoon, Amy stopped be a friend’s apartment. After a while, a 19-year-old boy arrived, high on cheap wine and waving a .38-caliber revolver. “Just fooling around,” he said, holding it to Amy’s blonde head. Alarmed, she told him to stop, then tried to push the gun away. Then the gun exploded. Amy never regained consciousness and died the next day in the hospital. The boy who killed her so carelessly? He was sentenced to three and a half years in prison (Bender 18). The argument over gun control comes down to this: one gun death at a time, 93 of them every day, more than 34,000 gun shot deaths ever year (and most of those deaths- 24,000 - by handgun), according to FBI statistics. For teenagers like Amy, gun injuries are now an epidemic, the second leading cause of death among young people (Bender 18). According to a 1993 Louis Harris poll, one American parent in five personally knows a child who’s been shot (Bender 18). There’s no doubt about how violent the United States has become. The annual homicide rate in America is about 22 for every 100,000 Americans. In Canada the rate is three for every 100,000 Canadians. In Japan, it is less than one (Bender 18). The gun advocates talk about individual freedom. But what about the freedom from fear? Many foreign nations tightly restrict private gun ownership. Those that limit firearms, control gun violence more effectively. Even with a black market trade and homemade weapons, gun homicide accidents, armed robberies and other violent crimes are

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