Incurable Disease of America: Issue of Gun Control

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Throughout history all across the world, fatal disease epidemics have tragically killed millions of people. From the Black Plague in the 14th century, to the ebola outbreak in recent years, diseases have wiped out a large percentage of the population. However, none of these compare to the incurable neverending disease spreading across the United States, the (CREATIVE NAME). For some unclear reason, many people will not give up what they strangely admire, guns.

Over the past several decades, gun control has been debated over whether or not firearm ownership should be restricted. In my eyes, the solution to this problem is quite obvious. I for one find it absurd that this is even a debate up for discussion due to the abundance of evidence against gun ownership. Guns are easily accessible to almost everyone in the US. Guns are, by law, suppose to be sold to a buyer over 18 who has passed a background check. Yet, by looking at online sites such as ebay, many people sell rifles, including semi-automatic ones, as easily as their old TV. By purchasing the rifle this way the buyer also avoids going through a background check.

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Online sites are just one of the many loopholes to buying a gun with nothing more than a wad of cash. This means anyone who looks over the age of 18 can easily obtain a military grade firearm in minutes. This includes people who are mentally ill, have past criminal records, drug addicts and just about everyone in the United States. So in other terms, it is just as easy to go out and buy an automatic assault rifle as it is to buy french fries from Mcdonalds. A convicted murderer can buy an automatic rifle in the time I finish reading this essay. With shootings occurring in all places across the US, schools have been a main target for many killers. The federal government reported that 156 school shootings occurred during the 2017/2018 school year. Despite the amount of deaths that have come from firearms within schools, people somehow suggest that the US should fight fire with fire and give guns to more people. Gun violence in schools across the country almost every single day? I have an intelligent solution! Let’s give a gun to my untrained and inexperienced algebra teacher who will transform into Chris Kyle during an emergency.

Despite being one of the most developed countries in the world, the United States is ranked amongst the deadliest countries statistically. Out of 195 countries in the world, the US ranks 31st averaging about 4 gun-related deaths per 100,000 people. In Singapore, there are approximately 0. 03 gun-related deaths per 100,000 people. In countries like Singapore, the gun laws are one of the strictest in the world. At least to me, having less guns makes a lot of sense if the goal is to minimize the amount of deaths. However, to a lot of people that lack the slightest bit of common sense, more guns means less deaths.

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