Argumentative Essay: Gun Violence In America

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Three hundred and six — a number that may be used to describe a businessman’s daily earnings, a baseball player’s batting average, or a Saskatchewanian’s area code — not a number that should appear before the phrase “Americans are shot each day in homicides, suicides, assaults and accidents.” Ninety-one appears before “people die from these daily incidents.” Seven of them are teens or children.

I am fortunate enough to have grown up in an area known as one of the safest in the country, never exposed to gun violence, gangs, or many of the other harsh realities that kids in bigger cities see on a daily basis. However, the repeated news stories have been horrifying, knowing that soon I will be a young adult living on my own in a location that does see these events happening more often than not.
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Supporters of gun rights use the go-to phrase “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” But what about William Brumby whose bullet ricocheted off the ceiling at the gun range and propelled into the back of his 14-year-old son Stephen, taking his young life? Was Stephen killed by his father, purposely as the statement suggests? No, the .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol was the cause of this murder. Were the 49 men and women at Pulse nightclub in Orlando killed in a matter of minutes by the work of human force? No, they were killed by the rifle capable of firing 600 rounds per