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Gun Crime essay

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Introduction

Guns don't kill people, people do! 11,127 This figure provides the number of gun related deaths in American every year. Gun control in America has been a controversial issue for a number of years. It is a growing problem that has resulted in murders, gun fights and recent school shootings. The vast majority of citizens believes that if gun control was strictly enforced it would help reduce the threat of crime. However, many innocent people feel they have the right to own a gun for protection, or even for the thrill of hunting. This essay is going to analyse the quote, "Guns don't kill people, people do", which the National Rifle Association (NRA) use as their slogan. It will provide accurate information on the United States Constitution, the NRA and the Second Amendment. Furthermore, this essay will also discuss the tragic effects gun crime had on Columbine High School. The entire United States is governed by a set of laws called the Constitution. It sets the nation's fundamental laws; it establishes the form of the national government and defines the rights of the American people. It also lists the aims of the government and the methods of achieving them. ...read more.

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On April 20, 1999 in a suburban town called Littleton, Colorado, a high school was about to have one of the most tragic and deadly day's in US history... Two Columbine students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, 18 and 17 years old mercilessly opened fire on their classmates and teachers. In this cruel and heartless attack, these two students cut the lives short of thirteen students and one teacher. They then turned their guns on themselves leaving America with no explanation. However, they did leave a videotape: this videotape contained Harris and Klebold planning their attack on Columbine High School. This piece of evidence showed two students that were not part of the 'in crowd', they were outsiders, 'losers'. It later emerged; they were taunted, humiliated, and disrespected by their classmates. How can two intelligent, seemingly 'normal' students do something as deadly as this? These are the questions that the American people, authorities, school officials, their parents and students have asked over and over again. There appear to be several factors that motivated these two teenagers to carry out this massacre and these have been under discussion since this tragic event took place. ...read more.

Conclusion

According to a 1998 study by the New England Journal of Medicine, a gun is 22 times more likely to be used to kill somebody you know than to kill in self defence. On the other hand, some people strongly believe that if gun control was strictly enforced, criminal violence would be reduced to a great extent and that owning a gun is simply viewed as apart of the American culture and heritage. Sadly, the possession of guns is increasing amongst youths in America due to the gang culture. However the ease of purchasing a gun for youths has resulted in many children and teens being killed by gunfire. According to the latest national data, one child is killed every three hours; eight children every day; and more than 50 children every week. And every year, at least four to five times as many children and teens suffer from non-fatal firearm injuries. Statistics show that American children are 16 times more likely to be murdered with a gun, 11 times more likely to commit suicide with a gun, and nine times more likely to die from a firearm accident than children in 25 other industrialised countries combined. With the evidence presented, I strongly agree that gun control in America should be strictly enforced. ...read more.

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