GUNS: SHOULD BE BANNED or NOT?

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A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

This is what the Second Amendment of the US Constitution says. 

According to GVA (Gun Violence Archive), there has been 41,761 gun violence incidents in 2019 so far and 312 of them were mass shootings. These numbers are raising every second and it brings this question to our minds, does the Second Amendment triggers mass shootings? There are some serious opinion differences about it. 

 

As an interesting fact, despite the increase in shooting incidents, the support on banning possession of handguns is decreasing day by day. In 2018, that opinion reached to %71 against banning. Researches also show that people own guns mostly for self-protection and hunting. 5 percent of the population owns it just because it’s their right according to the Second Amendment.

When we look at the other statistics , we can see some interesting results. According to the March 2019 results, 41 percent of the participants personally worries about availability of the guns. Although, 39 percent of them answers as only a little and not at all. Also almost half of the participants have guns at home. When it comes to the gun laws, a fair amount of them are not satisfied about current laws and they want more strict codes. 

In all of these different opinions, there’s a common ground that almost everyone strongly agrees; background check requirement for all of the gun sellings. We can only make guesses about will it work or not, but we certainly aware of that mass shootings and gun violence are unfortunately increasing every day and something must be done by the government. 

 

Bengisu Dereş
Gazi University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of International Trade.
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