Lauretta Williams


English 12 H

March 16, 2018

Gun Policy by Global Comparison

     Gun Control has been an increasing issue in the United States for years now and yet we have still remained stagnant when it comes to preventing firearms getting into the wrong hands. Looking at Countries such Switzerland and Finland, who by comparison to the United States also have a large amount of firearms, there's definitely a difference in homicide rates. That primarily is due to their gun control laws. Unlike Switzerland or Finland the United States does very little to regulate the amount of firearms. Nowadays It is easier to get a gun than toys.

     High-profile mass shootings in the United States in recent years have rekindled the gun control debate and raised comparisons of policies around the world. Although some countries like Norway have a relatively high gun ownership rate, most are close to the bottom of the list when looking at gun homicide rates unlike the United States. Unfortunately the United States is placed first in the list not only due to its high amount of gun ownership but because of extremely little gun regulation. Unlike countries who administer background checks and require reason to carry a firearm the United States does not. In January 2016, President Barack Obama took several actions intended to decrease gun violence, including a measure requiring dealers of firearms at gun shows or online to obtain federal licenses and conduct background checks. As of 2017, there were no federal laws banning semi automatic assault weapons, military-style .50 caliber rifles, handguns, or large-capacity magazines (Masters 1). Weapons like these are banned in countries in countries such as Japan, Canada, Australia, and United Kingdom.

    This issue of gun control can no longer be ignored. As a country we should follow the example led by countries who have experience the same tragedy as us. This is a wake up call. The fact that the United States has done nothing to prevent mass shootings and large gun related homicide rates is insane. How many people have to die before something is to be done? When countries like Switzerland have shown us that in order to stop the vast amount of violence, our government needs to have more strict gun laws. I understand the first amendment is important, but so are the lives of our children, and to have their lives susceptible to a mass shooting should not be tolerated. We need gun control now.

Works Cited

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