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Although, the United States has a long tradition of gun ownership and of respecting the rights of citizens through gun ownership for self-defense, personally, I disagree with the system of gun ownership. In my opinion, gun ownership should be restricted for all except for the military, police, guards, and sports personnel who need to use guns for their specific duties. I argue this from three perspectives: misuses of guns by children; domestic violence; and philosophical reasoning. Children are not fully matured mentally. They are curious to experiment with different things for fun. Though they do not mean to do so, sometimes such a curiosity leads to disaster. For example, a recent incidence of deadly school shootings including the April 1999 massacre of 14 students and a teacher at a suburban Colorado high school have raised a serious debate in the US Congress. Guardians are concerned about their children’s safety at schools. School administrations have to spend a lot of time on background checks, and other controls that they believe will curb the rise of gun-related violence. This is obviously a time consuming job that takes away the precious times of academicians. Recently, several proposals have come up to curb gun violence especially from the cities that have suffered from gun violence, including the city of New Orleans, Miami, and Los Angeles. A few proposals blame the gun manufacturing companies for violence caused by guns, but I argue that it is due to gun ownership. Some groups such as Handgun Control INC (HCI) and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violation (CSGV) argue that fewer guns out on street will result in fewer gun crimes. I also believe that gun control can reduce gun violence, murder, suicide, and intimidation. I believe so because gun violence has been one of the leading causes of death among American children and youths. Though gun violence among the young has been
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dropping ever since 1993, the statistical fact indicates that everyday in the US, 14 children aged 19 and under are killed in gun homicides, suicides, and unintentional shootings 1 . Although it is unintentional, during the past seven years, around 206 students have lost their lives because of school related gun violence. In the Past two years, 6,000 students have been caught at school with guns and only 13 were federally prosecuted because there is no accountability and responsibility required in gun ownership policies. Many gun possessors do not license or register their guns 2 . Under current laws of the USA, a teenager can acquire a gun easily as a part of the American Constitutional Rights. A recent FBI study of 41 school shooters in 37 incidents revealed that attackers found it easy to get weapons. Most of these attackers get guns from their homes, friends, relatives and as gifts. Although supporters of gun authorization argue that in 1994, the Brady law has made it illegal for children under age 21 to purchase handguns from licensed dealers,
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This note was uploaded on 08/27/2011 for the course ACCT 310 taught by Professor Verduzco during the Spring '10 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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