When our constitution was created, protecting our right to bear arms, our founding fathers were living in a world where anarchy, duels, and lynchings were common. They were living in a time where self-protection was important and necessary.
What they couldn’t see was 200-years into the future, with a populace that no longer needs to have access to this kind of artillery. Instead, people are dying en masse from shootings, terrorism, and other individual attacks that are made more powerful by the guns in tow.
That’s why there’s such a heated debate surrounding gun laws and restrictions today. How many restrictions are too many restrictions? Should we be able to buy guns at all? Are stricter gun laws in our best interest?
Here are 4 reasons why the U.S. needs to pass stricter gun laws immediately:
- Reduction in Gun Deaths
Just last week, there were two mass shootings in Texas and Ohio that claimed innocent, beautiful lives. The killer? The guns equipped by these terrorists. Between 1999 and 2016, in the U.S., there were 572,537 total gun deaths, making it the leading cause of death by homicide and suicide.
According to a Lancet study, implementing federal universal background checks could reduce firearm deaths by 56.9%; background checks for ammunition purchases could reduce deaths by 80.7%; and gun identification requirements could reduce gun deaths by a projected 82.5%. The case is indisputable.
- Reduction in Domestic Abuse
Five women are murdered in the U.S. every single day via a gun. Did you know a woman’s risk of being murdered increases 500% if a gun is present during a domestic dispute? Therefore, if there are less readily available guns in homes, women are more likely to emerge from domestic abuse alive and able to pursue legal action.
- Guns Are Rarely Used in Self-Defense:
The only argument for guns is that they provide us with self-defense. Well, of the 29,618,300 violent crimes committed between 2007 and 2011, 0.79% of victims protected themselves with guns – which were the least deployed option of the list (knives, fists, etc). The truth of the matter is: guns are not protecting people from violent assault.
- Majority of Americans Support Stricter Gun Laws:
I’m not the only one who feels this way. According to a February 20, 2018 Quinnipiac Poll, 97% of American voters and 97% of gun owners support universal background checks. 67% of the nation supports a ban on assault weapons, and 83% support mandatory waiting periods for gun purchases. People know that now is the time to do something.
So what are we waiting for? A bought-and-paid for ruling governmental elite in cohorts with the NRA is thwarting this change. We need to do something about it. Call your representatives and get active.