Pros and Cons of Gun Control

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Compare-Contrast Essay ENG/220 Instructor: Karen Strimkovsky Completed by: Mary Jones 02/22/2015 Week 4 “Gun Control” Gun Control pros and cons are obviously on polar opposites of the spectrum. . Gun control has come to the front of the debate with the mass shootings that continue to happen throughout the nation. Many people have formed opinions on gun control, causing the debate to become complicated with strong supporters on both sides. Gun control has been one of the biggest topics facing our nation. There are so many different angles and arguments surrounding it, it’s no wonder a definite decision cannot be made. Gun Control is a complex issue that has been going on for years and shows no trace of coming to an end anytime soon. According to the F.B.I, in 2012 there were 8,855 total firearm related homicides in the US, with 6,371 being committed by handguns.(,2015) We all believe that each of us has the right to protect ourselves but on the other hand we all know that some cannot properly use a weapon and some use them inappropriately. Violent crime remains one of the most serious problems in the United States. In many violent crimes, guns are used but an actual link between the two remains unclear. Those that are for greater gun control say that of the more than 70 mass shootings in the United States in the last 30 years, more than half were committed with guns that were legally obtained by the killers, whereas according to the NRA violent crime goes down when more people legally carry guns. Since the 1990’s right to carry laws have risen in the US and at the same time, violent crime rates have decreased. According to the NRA at the end of 2010 the murder rate had decreased by 52% and violent crime had decreased by 48%. ( 2015)

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