Gun Control

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Gun Control

Brienne' Costello

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A current debate that has been going on around the country has been if there should be more laws and/or restrictions on guns.  After many attacks it’s been highly discussed, but no actions have been taken thus far.  After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings five years ago, many states have taken measures to prevent gun violence, including S.A.F.E Act.  Many mass shooting have occurred since the Sandy Hook including, San Bernardino, December, 2015 (14 dead), Pulse Night Club, Florida, June, 2016 (49 dead), Mandala Bay, Vegas, October, 2017 (58 dead, 546 injured), and the shooting at a small church in Texas, November, 2017 (26 dead).  As of early, November, 2017, 2 of 5 of the most deadly shootings in the United States have happened in the previous 35 days.  Since then, many states have strengthened Stand Your Ground laws that permit people to use force to defend themselves if they believe that they’re in danger.  There is still controversy about this law because people believe that this leads to “shoot first, ask questions later.”

People tend to say, “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” Although that’s true, there should be more restrictions on the possessions of guns.  Restrictions won’t stop people from purchasing weapons illegally, but creating restrictions would be a start to a change, and it would make it harder for people to acquire weapons designed for the purpose of killing other people.  New York State has the strongest gun laws in the United States compared to other states and territories.  In New York, gun owners need a Permit to Purchase, Registration of Firearms, Licenses of Owners, and a Permit to Carry is required in New York (laws in New York City differ).  Many other states have varieties of these laws, but none of them meet New York State’s standards.

Other states should make changes to at least meet New York’s regulations.  New York State has had fewer mass shooting than states with less strict laws, which suggests that there is less violence with more gun laws in place.  If the rest of the country were to conform to gun control standards in New York State, there would be less gun violence throughout the country.