In 1985, the cost of shootings was an estimated $14 billion nationwide for medical care, long-term disability, and premature death. In robberies and assaults, victims are far more likely to die when the perpetrator is armed with a gun than when he or she has another weapon or is unarmed. I believe that there are a few solutions that can be used to solve this problem at both a community and national level. The first course of action is to establish a national system for registering guns and ammunition. Anyone can obtain a gun by going to a state with less restrictive laws or by getting a friend who lives in the state to buy the guns for them.
There are a lot of shootings that happen in my neighborhood that go unsolved; majority of them don’t even make the News. This is a horrible way to live especially when the Police are supposed to serve and protect. Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Guns are a tool that helps people kill or injure someone else. Studies done by the National Commission on the causes and prevention of violence reported that victims are about five times more likely to survive if they were attacked by a knife than a gun (The Huffington Post).
302-303) It has become a drastic debate—should gun laws in the United States be stricter? The advocates of gun control attribute the high rate of homicide in the United States to loose gun restrictions, while the opponents always use the Second Amendment which protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms. Even though the United States already has diverse gun laws through different states, gun laws should be stricter to reduce the high rate of homicide and accidental deaths related to guns and to prevent legal loopholes. It is a fact that America has ranked high both in the rate of homicide and the ownership of gun among the world. Meanwhile, the crime rate is also higher than other countries.
Predictably, these incidents have triggered an abrupt obsession with gun violence in communities and on political level. The legal results of this rapt attention to mass shootings are the topic of this paper. The first chapter discusses the role of guns in America.
Lastly, those that continue to support the death penalty have lost faith in our criminal justice system. The debate over use of the death penalty has been occurring in America is dated back to the colonial times (Clear & Cole, Reisig, 2011 p546). Often the decision to impose capital punishment is not the crime itself but based on a person’s race, economic status and at times even politics. While reviewing a recent study conducted by Columbia University Law School found that two thirds of all capital trials contained serious errors. When the cases were retried, over eighty percent of the defendants were not sentenced to death and seven percent were completely acquitted.
Gun control is without a doubt one of the largest and most polarizing social debates of the year. Gun control is the effort to regulate or control sales of guns (Oxford English Dictionary, 2013). One of the most recent shootings events took place at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The indiscriminate use of guns by individuals to harm society has brought the issue into the light of public debate. Gun casualties and incidents throughout the country have woken the public up from its ignorance and shown them the danger guns can pose to society (Martinez, 2013).
That's because anti-gun laws don't affect criminals, who ignore the laws. Government studies prove it, finding that most criminals get guns through theft or the black market, where gun laws have no effect. Wayne Lapierre. Chief Executive Officer, National Rifle Association states” The 20,000 anti-gun laws already on the books in states, cities, and towns throughout the U.S. too often disarm innocent victims. That's one reason why violent crime is often highest in places with the toughest anti-gun laws.
Introduction There have been few, if any public policy controversies that have dominated the political arena for decades as prolifically as gun control has. Recent massacres have taken the public spotlight and has place gun control on the political agenda since the late 1980’s and has been a tantalizing topic for all media outlets. Crime and mortality rate statistics are often used in the gun control debate stating that the number of homicides committed with a firearm annually increased 173% from 1985 to 1993 for age groups 14-24 and then decreased 47% from 1993-1998 but still is very prominent in today’s society. The calls for more gun bans and for restrictions on certain or all types of guns is calling for significant change in policy. The following will be an exploration of some of the current and past policy measures that have been implemented to either curb or allow the public’s access to guns as well as a policy analysis stating some of the weaknesses and strengths of both pro-gun control and pro-gun arguments.
Gun Laws: Too Strict or Not Strict Enough? As the U.S. Constitution states “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” This statement, created by our fore fathers, has caused a lot of controversy in both political and personal lives across America. “In 2012, Americans owned an estimated 270 million guns, almost 42 percent of the total number of civilian-owned guns on the entire planet.” (Zarracina.) With firearms being so prevalent in this country, it raises many questions regarding the current gun laws, the effect it has on crime in the country, and gun safety. Should current gun laws have more restrictions?
After 1992, the number of property offense cases declined steadily (down 33% from 1992 through 2005). Thus, property offenses were the one general offense category that showed an overall decline from 1985 through 2005 (down 15%). Statistic Changes: While a violent crime rate in juveniles has steadily decreased since its “peak” in 1994, Drug as well as simple assault rates in juveniles has been on an un-nerving increase. In 1993 recorded arrests of juveniles in relation to murder cases reached 3,800. Now, 8 years later fall to almost a third of its previous rates, to a number much closer to 1400.