2019-04-30 22:46

Now is The Time

Today, in the United States, the problem of firearm homicides is relevant and widely debated. Nonetheless, the given issue is not a new one; on the contrary, having aroused long time ago it remains vital in the contemporary world. Consider the case; the president, Ronald Reagan accentuated the threat of gun violence claiming that:

Every year, an average of 9,200 Americans are murdered by handguns, according to Department of Justice statistics. This does not include suicides or the tens of thousands of robberies, rapes and assaults committed with handguns. This level of violence must be stopped.

Unfortunately, the negative influence of firearms’ implementation was not stopped; what is more, it became even worse. In the modern American society, many citizens become concerned about the negative impact, which makes an expanding utilization of firearms by civil people. It is not a wonder, because the accessibility of weapon increases the desire to use it; however, there is no such notion as the use of firearms for the good, since the relevant utilization presumes a plausible death to occur. Fortunately, the given fact is understood on a state level. To get the use of firearms under control, the current President Barack Obama creates a relevant legislative proposal that is aimed to reduce gun violence. Nevertheless, despite being timely and much needed, Obama’s gun policy evokes many disputes. The purpose of the given paper is to estimate the adequacy of the president’s plan.

First and foremost, in order to find out whether the situation with the civil use of firearms is as dangerous as the government claims it to be, one should refer to the statistics. According to a 2007 report based on the Swiss-based Small Arms Survey, “The United States, with less than 5 percent of the world's population, has about 35-50 percent of the world's civilian-owned guns”. Therefore, it is not surprising that the level of murder-by-firearm is the highest in the United States. Consider the case; 30 000 U.S. people are killed by gun violence per year, whereas, daily, more than eighty-five individuals die from bullets. What makes the things even worse is that most of these humans are innocent and, as a rule, killed accidently. Therefore, their deaths are unacceptable given the peaceful time in which they live. What is more, strange it may sound, but their murderers are also partially innocent. For instance, the household assassination is a kind of domestic violence; however, typically the participants do not have coherent intentions to commit murder. In addition, there are accidental murders, committed because of carelessness. Consequently, not only the families and relatives of deceased people are stressed and affected by the deaths of their dear ones, but also the lives of killers and their relatives are doomed. Taking into account the given point, it is relevant to presume that the amount of the gun violence’ victims is much higher than the quantity of those being killed. It is important to understand that at least some of the firearms homicides would have never occurred if the guns have not been freely accessed. The given insight is critical when it comes to gun control debates.

Furthermore, it is relevant to state that gun violence impacts not only people, who are directly involved in an armed attack, but also has a negative influence on the mental condition of every member of the entire society. Particularly, it affects the mentality of the rising generation. For example, 20% of teenagers are witnesses of shooting; moreover, roughly 8 young people under the age of twenty die from bullets every day. Even stronger evidence is that a firearm murder is “the second-leading cause of death (after motor vehicle crashes) for young people aged 1-19 in the U.S.”. In addition, the U.S. kids are shot eleven times as often as the kids in other prosperous countries. For instance, in 2007, eighty-five preschoolers died from firearms, which is more than the number of policemen killed while performing their duties.

Besides, in order to understand what motives encourage average citizens purchasing the firearms, it is relevant to refer to the most typical arguments that the supporters of gun’s availability presents. For instance, some individuals state that now it is not the time to talk about guns. On the one hand, it is obvious that there is a set of other important problems to be solved. On the other hand, observing a significant increase in murders committed by means of using firearms, it is accurate to deny the chosen presumption. What is more, some members of the American society emphasize that guns don't kill people, people kill people, implying that the high ratio of homicides has nothing to do with guns’ keeping, but rather depends on people’s consciousness. At the first sight, it is true; however, since the weapons are the inanimate matters, it does not seem to be adequate to deprive owners of guns from such weapon. Similarly, it is irrelevant to refer to human’s morality since the number of gun murders continues to grow. Furthermore, one can often hear the following assumption if only everybody around was armed, an ordinary civilian could take out a mass killer before he got too far. Nevertheless, Paul Waldman points to the fact that even despite being armed, common people have never implemented the chosen defensive strategy of counterattack. Instead, most witnesses of the armed assault are overwhelmed by panic and, thus, rather often may shoot a bystander. In addition, gun advocates ensure that we don't need more laws, we just need to enforce the laws we have; which is actually the function of the government. Noteworthy, it is apparent that the only way to succeed in this accomplishment, it is necessary to adopt the new laws and relevant amendments to the already existing ones. Besides, some people implement moral disengagement referring to the criminals’ behavior. Consider the case; criminals will always find a way to get guns no matter what measures we take, so what's the point? Given the chosen statement, it is important to comprehend and remember the real purpose of the President’s gun control policy, which is to reduce weapon’s accessibility for civil needs. Furthermore, Barack Obama understands that it is critical to prevent certain categories of people from purchasing the guns. To be more specific, such categories include criminals, individuals with mental disorders and illnesses; or people, who are inclined to violence. Nonetheless, some citizens believe that widespread gun ownership is a guarantee against tyranny, but, in fact, these two concepts have nothing in common. Otherwise, it is applicable to presume that all other countries with lower guns’ accessibility are led by despots, which is certainly not true. What is more, some U.S. people remind that guns are a part of American culture. It is partially true, but, on the other hand, the history reveals that all ancestors used to be hunters and used different kinds of weapons for that purpose. Moreover, the American land is primary inhabited by Europeans, which presumes that guns are truly a part of a global culture. Besides, considering the number of killings it causes, it is required to correct or eliminate the given part of the American culture.

To prevent the hazardous tendencies of gun’s expanding accessibility, which are covered above, the President Barack Obama develops a relevant plan aimed to eliminate negative manifestations of a given issue. Obama states that even if there is one thing that we can do to prevent any of these events, we have a deep obligation, all of us, to try. The President’s plan contains: closing background loopholes to keep guns out of dangerous hands. Besides, the chosen plan is aimed to make educational establishments a safer place to attend. In addition, it is supposed to increase the performance of mental health clinics and prohibit the use of the military-style weapons by civil people.

To sum up the foregoing, it is relevant to claim that the government effort to control the use of firearms by civil people on a daily basis is a timely and critically important measure to take. Consider the case; the comparison of the ratio of firearm homicides indicates a vast increase of gun related killings over a short period. For instance, Ronald Reagan reports that roughly 9,200 Americans are murdered by handguns per year (excluding suicides and assaults). Similarly, as for 2013, the number of relevant deaths is already 30 000 people (Sarafian). Therefore, support of the state’s policy regarding gun control is a national duty and every conscious citizen should consider it as a priority. Otherwise, the growth of gun related murders may continue, leading to the ongoing community’s clutter. What makes things even worse is that the future of every society depends on its present and if the present raises new generations of assaulted and thus, mentally unstable kids, their future is doomed to be unhappy. That is why people should embrace the state’s attempts to reform relevant legislative regulations.

About the author: Eaton Turner is a bachelor in English philology and literature at California University. Eaten is currently working as one of the best writers at the He also studies feminine psychology

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