In the article, “Gun demanding: the psychology of why people want firearms” (Burnett 2018) I learned that people own guns for protection purposes and for hunting. In support of their central idea, the author writes “Despite the preconceptions of many, according to a Gallup poll from 2005, the most common reason given for gun ownership is protection.” The author also said “Target shooting and hunting are two popular recreational activities, and whatever you think of them, would explain ownership of guns by a substantial number of people.” These pieces of evidence backs up the central idea because it explains that people mainly keep guns in their homes to feel safe and protected and hunting is popular among people in America which explains why a lot of people would buy guns.
I personally think that gun violence in the United States is a huge deal. It’s also crazy for me to think about how so many people in America have access to a gun. In my opinion, if anyone decides to buy and own a gun, they should be able to be certified with a gun license. This helps me answer one of my research questions because now I know why people want to own guns.
A question I still have is, how do guns in America end up in the wrong hands almost every time?