Risk of Guns


On December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza, 20, fatally shot twenty children and six adult staff members in a mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the village of  Sandy Hook in Newtown Connecticut. Since then gun control and gun violence has become one of the most debated controversies in the political sphere.  To us the solution is quite simple, if you want to stop gun violence you have to have gun control.  However,  many Americans disagree with gun control often with the illusion that guns bring about safety and without them they are vulnerable.  On the other hand, the facts tell a completely different  tale.

According to an article written on Propublica.org  recently, the Centers for Disease Control(CDC) has resumed doing research on Gun violence; research of which was halted in late 1996 due to the stoppage of funding.  In the study the CDC themselves questions such as: what is the problem? Who were the victims? Who was killed? What are the causes? What are the things that increase one’s risk of being shot? and What works to prevent these? What kinds of policies, what kinds of interventions, what kinds of police practices or medical practices or education and school practices actually might prevent some of these shootings?  What the study found was that having a firearm in your home does not protect you, but it largely increased the risk that someone in your family would die from a firearm homicide. It increased the risk almost 300 percent, almost three times as high. It also showed that the risk that someone in your home would commit suicide went up. It went up five-fold if you had a gun in the home. These figures would indicate that the fear of being vulnerable among most Americans is displaced and the reality is that guns increase the threat inside the home.


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