While the second amendment of the US Constitution protects individual gun ownership, it is not an unlimited right for a free-for-all. Although gun control laws would not prevent criminals from obtaining guns, the sheer magnitude of violent deaths caused by guns would go down due to the laws.

Opponents of gun control are worried that background checks and psych tests infringe upon their privacy, but if he or she is a law abiding citizen, he or she should not have anything to hide. Opponents also argue that guns are used in self-defense, but guns are, in fact rarely used for self-defense. There have been 290 mass shootings in 2016 alone, with a death toll of 41,765.

The New York Times states that “last year’s Paris attacks killed 130 people, which is nearly as many as die from gun homicides in all of France in a typical year. But even if France had a mass shooting as deadly as the Paris attacks every month, its annual rate of gun homicide death would be lower than that in the United States.”

The New York Times also states that being killed by a gun in America is about as likely as dying in a car accident. That number is far too high, and things need to change.


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