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Demetrius Dixon Sophia Pathways English Composition II December, 9, 2020 Gun related violence is not just an American problem but also a global human rights issue due to the fact any form of gun related violence threatens our most fundamental human right, which is the right to live. Anyone can be affected by gun violence, more than 500 people die on a daily basis because of gun violence and many others left traumatized. In some situation just the presence of a gun is enough to make people fearful for their lives and even have long term psychological effect. Even though gun violence can happen to anyone, it mostly affect those from marginalized groups in the society (Agresti, 2010). By just thinking about gun violence can have a significant negative impact on people’s right to education, health and safety. For these reasons, I sincerely believe that the call for stricter gun control policies is a must in our society today. One of the problem that has to be managed by introducing stricter gun laws is the inconsistency of licensing and background checks. Out of the 50 states in America, 24 states allows any person who is of 18 or older to walk into a store, fill out a form, and leave with a gun. According to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) individuals can sell a gun from their homes, at a gun show and even online. Only individuals whose main motive is to make a profit by selling guns must obtain an FFL (Tahmassebi, 2013). This can lead to guns falling into the hands of people who are ineligible to possess a firearm.
Due to the current lenient gun control laws, the ownership of firearms is heavily concentrated in the United States. For instance, in 2017 Americans represented 4 percent of the total world population yet it owned more than 46 percent of the global stock of 857 million civilian firearms. This means that there are more 211 million firearms in circulation and out of that, 70 million are handguns. With an estimated 120.5 guns for every 100 civilians, the United States the world's wealthiest nations in terms of gun ownership, with more than three times ownership rate than the rate in the next-highest country, Canada (Diaz, T. 2013). Even though gun violence, mostly mass shootings are quite common in the schoolyards, streets and even workplaces mass shooting is not the only way guns are being used for the wrong purposes. Between 1993 and 2013 the total number of gun related death totaled 464,033. Out of this, 270,237 deaths were suicide, 9,983 were unintentional deaths while 174,773 cases were homicides (Agresti, J. 2010). Given this fact is quite clear that given an American the right to possess a gun is akin to providing them with a simpler means of executing their plans, if they had that is. By introducing stricter gun control laws the total gun related death resulting from individually owned guns can be significantly reduced. An example of a policy that has to be implemented to conquer this menace is by ensuring finger printing, background checks and passing the firearms training course are mandatory for anyone who wants to possess a firearm.

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