51% of yearly crimes are due to the use of weapons against only 13% to knives. Most studies show that hand-guns are used for personal defence, around 2 million times a year by the American population. It is estimated that over 250 million hand-guns now circulate in the US owned by around 90 million citizens. The possession of guns is legitimated by the 2nd amendment to the Constitution which authorizes the people to keep and bear arms. A series of mass murders, for example, the Columbine High School mass murder in Colorado in 1999, which left 13 students dead, widely reported and debated in the Medias, help expert gun laws in the past 20 years.
The Columbine massacre, caused by the devious and hatred filled minds of two young individuals, claimed the lives of many other students and also made the U.S. to take a better look at how unprotected the schools are. The massacre occurred on Tuesday, April 20,1999, at Columbine High School in Jefferson County, Colorado. Two students, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, embarked on a shooting rampage, killing 12 students and a teacher, as well as wounding 23 others, before committing suicide. The actual shooting lasted from 11:19 am to 11:42AM. The two walk through out the school shooting anyone that they saw fit to shoot.
The House Rules Committee is a very important body of the United States Congress and helps promote the efficiency of the legislature in its everyday workings. Some of the responsibilities of the House Rules Committee include: set the amount of time a bill will be considered in the House, and determine whether amendments can be offered and under what conditions. This allows the House Rules Committee to have a lot of power and some may feel that the power may be too much. The House Rules Committee is comprised of nine members of the majority party and four members of the minority party. I believe the House Rules Committee has too much power and exceedingly boosts the majority party.
Also he admitted in a press interview to having helped up to 300 people to die ("BBC News”). Also in the Netherlands, a 1990 government sponsored survey found that 8% of all deaths in the Netherlands were euthanasia deaths that occurred without a request from the patient and in a 1995 study, Dutch doctors reported ending the lives of 948 patients without their request ("http://www.euthanasia.com/start.html"). This shows on what level, the legalization of euthanasia is being abused in the Netherlands and the case of Britain is more surprising because euthanasia or PAS is illegal there but still it is happening. So if euthanasia or PAS is made legal then it will probably pose great threats to people. It is also predicted by The American Medical Association (AMA) in its June 1996 article "Decisions near the End of Life" (www.ama-assn.org).
On November 20th, 2012, at around 6:45 A.M., Lourdes Guzman-Dejesus, a thirteen year old student who was on the way to school on a private transportation bus, was fatally shot by another student on her bus.  His name is Jordyn Alexander Howe, 15. The boy had apparently obtained a loaded .40 caliber handgun from his very own home and took it with him on the ride to school where he accidentally let off a shot that hit Lourdes in the neck. Jordyn’s family stated that they were unaware that gun was missing until they were contacted by police officials. This scenario could have been avoided had his parents taken the necessary precautions to make sure the weapon was unaccessible to their child.
The Ongoing Gun Debate Steven Webb Axia College of University of Phoenix On the morning of April 20, 1999 one of the worst American tragedies occurred in Columbine, Colorado. The time was approximately 11:19 a.m., when the massacre began at Columbine High School. which in the end claimed 15 lives, which included the two shooters, and injuring 20 others (Wikipedia 2009). This was not an act committed by individuals from other countries trying to send a message but by two young men of our own culture. Shortly after, people began questioning who was accountable for this heinous act.
Gun Control and Advertisements Gun control is and always will be a very important and touchy subject in this country. Historically the conservative politicians have supported the 2nd amendment and the more liberal politicians have supported gun control. There has to be some control over what kinds of weapons a person can own, the dispute is over how strict or how relaxed those stipulations should be. In this article in CNN.com about New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, it explains what he and a few other mayors in the U.S. are trying to do to make those gun laws stricter. But right in the middle of the article is an ad for www.CloseCombatTraining.com, which is a website for people to learn how to do a certain martial arts technique.
The horrific tragedy in Columbine which left several students dead and a town forever traumatized, the theatre shooting in Colorado that left men, women and children dead and family wondering what happened, to the most recent shooting in Connecticut at Sandy Hook Elementary School that completely shocked a nation and called for a national ban of weapons. Deaths among children and teens, as well as violence in general, would not be decreased by the banning of guns, rather gun education, background checks, and mental health reporting would be a more logical
On December 14, 2012 a man named Adam Lanza went into an elementary school in Newtown Connecticut and killed twenty six people. The fact that twenty of them were children makes me sick to my stomach. Since the Newtown tragedy, over three thousand people have died because of gun violence. And the laws that America has today, does not help the gun violence that we have in this country. How would you feel if your son or daughter was shot and killed at school?
The National Counterterrorism Center counts 79,766 terror attacks from 2004 through 2011, with 111,774 killed and 228,317 wounded. It does not report how many of the dead and injured children were. The slaughter of children is sufficiently rare in the West that it overwhelms us with horror and grief. There have been five school shootings in Europe during the past 10 years with 10 or more dead, and two in the United States - the 2007 Virginia Tech incident and the Sandy Hook shootings. Nothing horrifies more than the murder of children.