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It is a Friday afternoon in Charlesbay High School. Students are piling into the lunch lines awaiting hot pizza, fresh French fries and ice-cold sodas. As the students discuss what they are going to do after the football game and how their 1st hour test was, a gunshot is heard not far away. The students are ordered to stay low to the ground by school security guards. None of the students know what is happening outside the lunch lines. What is going on is a 17-year old frenetic boy who attends Charlesbay, got upset with a couple students. He was sick of hearing them call him “dumb” or “butterball” and pushing him around the hallways. Robby, we’ll call him, took matters into his own hands and decided to do something about his bullies. The way Robby obtained his gun was by a friend, an older friend. This lethal weapon caused the death of 3 students and 5 injuries. What was just explained seems to be a typical storyline heard on the news daily.
The debate over firearms has been polarized for too long. Gun law is a never-ending issue because there hardly is any true debate. Americans (and even gun owners) do support the governments efforts to make sure guns are less dangerous in violent hands, but that is the main problem-the guns getting in the wrong human hands. Millions of law-abiding Americans do own and do enjoy their guns. But criminals and sometimes-disconcerted kids often use firearms to kill. The use of firearms has increased tremendously. An average day in Los Angeles is four people dying in a gun related crime and the United States faces approximately 87 deaths a day. There are more than 200 million guns in circulation in the United States and if you don’t own a firearm, chances are that your neighbor or friend does (Fineman 27). Sure, the Founding Fathers incorporated the Second Amendment as “the right to keep and bear arms,” but it did not give the distinction of using guns to kill more children and people than anywhere in the world.
I. It is happening all over the country: kids are dying from guns. (Restatement)
A. According to the governments statistics, 4, 223 children were killed by firearms in 1997, while many of these deaths occurred while playing at a friends’ home or even in their own neighborhood (Bai 32).
1.It is mostly due because their parents or other gun owners do not store their firearms properly, and children find loaded guns and use them unintentionally on themselves or other children.
B. Additionally, guns injure thousands of children each year. Some experts believe that gun-related deaths/injuries could replace car crashes as the leading death for youths. So what can be done to protect kids and guns? (Rhetorical question)
1. Childproof trigger locks could be a beneficial solution. In having this on each and every gun could reduce a child’s death by 67% (Fineman 34). With poor trigger resistance, a gun can be fired by a three-year old, while many guns can fire when dropped on the floor.
2. Many popular semi-automatic handguns lack magazine safety disconnects or loads indicators. This means that many children have no way of knowing that a gun appears unloaded actually has a bullet in the chamber, ready for a fire.
3. Child safety locks. A prohibition on the possession assault weapons by minors. A ban on importation of large-capacity ammunition clips. It is ludicrous to see the gutting of the Second Amendment in any of these. We register cars in this country, why not guns? (Aphorism).
C. The horrible massacre in Colorado shows just how gun control works in the real world-which is safe to say that is doesn’t. Under the laws of Colorado, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were able to own rifles and shotguns, but were too young to buy them. They found a way though by having their 18-year-old friend Robyn Anderson buy the firearm and while buying them, he also picked up two shotguns and a 9mm-HiPoint carbine for their attack. They also were able to get a TEC-DC9 (Murr 34).
D. Somebody of legal age sold this particular handgun to him or her, but that person could face prosecution. The sickening part is, their sentence
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Firearms, Gun politics, Politics, Military technology, Security, Firearm safety, Overview of gun laws by nation, Gun control, Gun safety, Assault weapon, School shooting, Right to keep and bear arms
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