I am writing a persuasive argument in favor of stricter gun control laws. I am
very passionate about this topic because the use of firearms in the wrong hands is a
deadly prophecy. It can be in the form of children getting a hold of a gun and hurting
themselves or others, an adult with violent propensities mishandling a weapon, or
someone who wants the use of a firearm in aiding suicide. When one looks at the
increased incident of injury to children, homicide, and suicide, it is clear there is a need
for stricter gun control laws. This paper argues that firearms continue to play a dominant
role in violence both criminal and accidental regardless of laws such as the five-day
waiting period and the Brady Law. I will show how easier access to guns, rather than
preventing crime, creates more of it through the use of examples and statistics
Those whom are opposed to gun control laws do not like to admit there is a link
between access to guns and violence.
The NRA says "guns don't kill people, people kill
people." They will claim that the right to bear arms for self-defense and civil rights
would be diminished. However, this view is only one sided and it fails to address the link
between the ownership of guns and the violence that occurs because of it.
Almost everyday we can open up a newspaper or turn on a national news
broadcast on the television and discover a new case of someone being killed by the use of
a gun. Perhaps it was a child whom had access to his/her parents gun they keep in the
house for self defensive purposes, an adult whom was an innocent bystander during a
workplace massacre or robbery, a shooting at a school...