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Persuasive Research Paper

2087 words - 9 pages

Gun Violence

Tabatha Richardson

Axia College of University of Phoenix

While opponents of gun control still contend that everyone has the right to bear arms, the gun violence is still raging on and destroying lives and families.

Last year 3,012 children and teens were killed by gunfire in the United States; while our government and the people on opposite sides are debating and arguing about being pro-gun and anti-gun, a child, a teen and many people are dying by the second. Released in 2002 according to the latest national data that is one child every three hours. According to Children’s Defense Fund and National Center for Health Statistics every year at least 4 to 5 times as ...view middle of the document...

Guns in a home will four times most likely be involved in an unintentional shooting, and 7 times more likely to be used in a crime or homicide. In addition, it is 11 times more likely to be used in a suicide than to be used for defense. Guns in the home increases the risk of homicide with an household member by three times and suicide by 5 times compared to homes were no gun is present, says “Suicide in the Home in Relation to gun ownership”-A Kellerman, et al. Journal of Trauma, (1998); Kellerman AL, Lee RK, Mercy JA, et al. “The Epidemiological Basis for the Prevention of firearm Injuries.”Annu.Rev Public Heatlh. (1991).
It is said in the US that 2,500 black youths ranging from ages 15 to 24 die annually from gun homicide, and 950 Hispanic youths and 600 white youths from gun suicide. The United States has the highest firearm deaths than any other industrialized nation. The firearm death rate is 19 times higher than 35 other high income countries, and has firearm injuries that are the second leading cause of death and injuries in the US reports EG, Powell EK, Dahlberg LL, International Journal of Epidemiology (1998). Gunfire has already killed 29,569 people in the United States, so that’s 81 people a day including 16,750 suicides, and 11,624 homicides plus 649 unintentional or accidental shootings reported from WISQARS, Injury Mortality Reports National Centers for Disease Control (2004). This may be surprising or maybe not but children as young as 3-4 years old are able to pull the trigger of most handguns researched by; Naureckas SM, Galanter C, Naureckas ET, Donovan M, Christoffel KK. “Children’s and women’s ability to fire handguns” Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. (1995). From the article “Who Are the Victims of Gun Violence” has reported; according to death certificate data compiled by the National Center for Health Statistics, which is a part of the Centers for Disease control and Prevention (CDC), a total of 32,436 persons died from firearm injuries in the United States in 1997. It also found that 54.2 were suicides and 41.7 percent were homicides leaving a remaining 4.1 unintentional shootings or deaths of an undetermined nature, Working With Victims of Gun Violence (2001).
The mortality statistics reported that firearm was the second leading cause of death for the 15- to 24-year-old group, which reported that in the 25- to 34-year-old there were 3,706 deaths from gun homicide and at younger ages; 15-14, there were 284 firearm homicides. The mortality statistics in fact had reported that homicides were the top 10 causes of death for all age groups from five to 44 years old. According to Center for Disease Control (CDC), gun homicide victims are predominantly male and 84 percent were male in 1997. The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) reports that males of all ages were 3.2 times more likely than females to be murdered by firearms in 1998. Due to the circumstances firearm violence differs significantly for men and women, in contrast to...

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