III. Restricting gun ownership protects the society
Understanding the language of the constitution is a crucial part to understanding your basic human rights, but sometimes different interpretations change the outcome of the law. In June of 2016, 104 people were killed and 226 were injured, marking the highest mass shooting rate in 2016. At the end of October of 2016, at least 13 people have been killed and 34 injured, and that’s only one month out of the year. The Second Amendment makes it too easy for everyone to hold a gun and put someone’s life on a scale, and it needs to be restricted.
But not every gun-related death is an intentional murder. When guns are kept inside homes for whatever reason, they become accessible for everyone in the house. Children often stumble upon “hidden things” in homes, and often they pick them up to play.
Statistics don’t lie, and looking at the numbers in the graph shown above, we can see the true harm caused by accidental suicides with firearms in children between the ages of five and fourteen. Parents are often unaware that their children know the location of the guns in their homes. In a research study in 2006, The Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, found that “…common preventive measures for ensuring children’s safety around household guns often fail to prevent children from gaining unacknowledged access to household guns and may, in fact, lead parents to have misplaced confidence in their ability to accurately predict their children’s broader experience with guns in the home.” It’s dangerous to keep arms in homes, children might gain access to them easily. The easiest way to avoid accidents in children is to either make sure that they would physically never be able to have any contact with the guns, or to make it harder for people to get guns.
But children aren’t the only ones who get into trouble like this. Accidents and suicides happen also among adults. In 2010, 606 people died from unintentional firearm injuries in the United States. Through 2005-2010, over the course of 5 years, almost 3’800 people died from unintentional shootings in the United States, out of which over 1’300 victims were under the age of 25. Accidents happen, but there’s always a way to prevent them. People are significantly more likely to die from unintentional firearm injuries when they live in countries with more guns. States with highest gun levels have been found to have nine time the rate of unintentional firearm deaths compared to states with the lowest gun levels. A study by the Federal Government found that 8% of the victims of firearms are children under the age of six.
After looking at the facts it becomes obvious how much harm firearms cause. Not a lot of people realize how many accidents happen, especially with children, when firearms are involved. It has been proven that childproof safety locks on guns prevents death by 8% and a loading indicator by 23%. But unfortunately these aren’t a requirement, they are suggestions. This is the reason why the Second Amendment has to become more restricted. If we can prevent any death, whether it’s a 4 year old or a 72 year old, anyone who can be saved – should be.
1. Roleff, Tamara L. Gun Control: Opposing Viewpoints. San Diego, CA: Greenhaven, 1997. Print.
2. “Statistics on Gun Deaths & Injuries.” Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Nov. 2016.