Persuasive Essay On Guns In Public Places

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Imagine sending a child off to school, only for them not to return home. Why? Because someone who was unstable, or had a twisted agenda, was able to get their hands on a firearm with minimal effort. This person then decided to take innocent lives. For the families of Columbine High School and Sandy Hook Elementary, this was not a hypothetical situation, this was their reality. These infamous shootings were not the first incidents of innocent lives lost; if there are not stricter regulations, they will most certainly not be the last. Australia and Japan have restrictions on guns and crime and safety has shown far superior compared to America. Yet, The United States has done nothing to make sure guns do not end up in the wrong hands. The sooner …show more content…
Those who see no moral ambiguity in choosing to harm and take innocent lives, in this case, for the sake of avenging the second amendment, are the exact reason we need stricter laws and regulations when it comes to determining who can get a weapon that could take the lives of others.
In the United States, thirty-one states allow the open carry of guns in public places. This means that in 31 states, a gun may be carried in public places without a permit. With the exception of carrying long guns in some states. However, only five states prohibit the open carry of guns in public places (Concealed). The other remaining states are conceal carry states, which means that guns can be carried in public with a license or permit. Although, obtaining a permit for a gun is said to be rigorous by some, the regulations are not as strict as some make it out to be. At a gun show, a gun may be obtained without a background check. And even after passing a background check, the Violence Policy Center analysis reports that those who have a conceal carry permit have killed at least 14 law enforcement officers and 622 citizens since May of 2007 (Open). That may sound surprising until you learn that those on