The Issue Of Gun Violence Essay

1548 Words Mar 25th, 2016 null Page
Between the years 2000 and 2013 the amount of deaths by guns in America exceeded the amount of deaths caused by AIDS, drugs, wars, and terrorism combined. Even more shocking than this statistic is how unique this issue is to the United States. In the United States there are 29.7 homicides for every 1 million people. Switzerland, with the second highest rate in the world, has only 7.7. It is not that Americans are just more violent individuals, in fact the US ranks far below first for crimes rates other than gun violence (Lopez). The main cause of gun deaths is not even homicide, but rather suicide. With 21,175 deaths by firearm suicides per year in the United States, it is clear that America has an issue with gun mortalities (CDC). However, the roots and favored solutions of this gun suicide problem are points of controversy.
Those who oppose gun control often cite the second amendment of the United States constitution that gives people the right to bear arms. Because this is a guaranteed right, strict interpretationists often believe that the current system of acquiring a gun is satisfactory, or even too strict (Good). They often disagree with any restrictions to gun ownership, even in reference to the mentally ill. Many also use the argument of strict scrutiny, that restricting the rights of specifically those with mental illness is infringement to their rights that are guaranteed in the Constitution. However, it is clear that numerous flaws do exist in the current…

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