Gun Control Essay

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Gun Control in
The Unites States
Eddie Tello

Gun control is any practice or intention designed to restrict or limit the possession, production, importation, shipment, sale, and/or use of guns or other firearms by private or commonly citizens. Most commonly the guns in question are personal firearms, typically handguns and long guns.
Gun control laws and policy vary greatly around the world; some countries such as the United Kingdom have very strict limits on gun possession while others, like the United States, have relatively modest limits. In some countries, the topic remains a source of intense debate with proponents generally arguing the dangers of widespread gun ownership, and opponents generally arguing individual rights of self-protection.
* Firearms are generally classified into three broad types: (1) handguns, (2) rifles, and (3) shotguns. Rifles and shotguns are both considered "long guns." * A semi-automatic firearm fires one bullet each time the trigger is pulled and automatically loads another bullet for the next pull of the trigger.

Based on production data from firearm manufacturers there are close to 300 million firearms owned by civilians in the United States as of 2010. Of these, about 100 million are handguns. Here a table of the percentage more in debt talking about the racial ownership of a gun.

Category | Percentage Owninga Firearm | Households | 42% | Individuals | 30% | Male | 47% | Female | 13% | White | 33% | Nonwhite | 18% | Republican | 41% | Independent | 27% | Democrat | 23% |

This show of how many house owners/families in America own a type of gun yet this only shows the guns that are register in the survey and were reported. It is estimated that more than 74% households own a gun with permission or without it. %68 of those owning a gun were saying that they have the gun for self protection and nothing else, that percatnage says a lot now a days, because guns back then were just to go hunting, rare for shooting practice unless working in the field. Guns weren’t really used to protect yourself or your family from crime that was left for the police to do.
Roughly 16,272 murders were committed in the United States during 2008. Of these, about 10,886 or 67% were committed with firearms. A 1993 nationwide survey of 4,977 households found that over the previous five years, at least 0.5% of households had members who had used a gun for defense during a situation in which they thought someone "almost certainly would have been killed" if they had not used a gun for protection. Applied to the U.S. population, this amounts to 162,000 such incidents per year.
Self defense plays a big role in this controversial topic because it is said that owning a gun its part of the civil rights due to the 2nd Amendment of the constitution which guarantees citizens to keep and bear arms. The Fourteenth Amendment protects gun owners when it states, "No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States...”, and therefore people argue this should not be something that the government could enforce more. Many people believe carrying a gun in public is unacceptable yet believe people have the right to have them at home, but those who really are in favor of carrying a gun they mean it. They want all the privacy to carry the gun to work, school, shopping centers etc. they think with this a regular citizen can prevent a crime due to the position of a police officer which is reactive meaning they arrive 99% of the time when the crime has been committed.
In the other view of gun control are the ones that opposed this law. The people that believe guns should be left out and let the people that know how to handle keep them, which would be an official in the