Guns are very powerful weapons and are so easy to access nowadays. The United States comes in the first place in the world with the highest rate of gun ownership, there are 89 guns for every 100 Americans and gun crime and murders had been increasing every year. According to the 2011 Small Arms Survey, it estimates that around 114,994 people are shot each year in the US. This includes murders, assaults, accidents, police intervention, suicide attempts, and suicides. Cutting the source of distribution of these weapons to U.S population would not be the solution to this problem, but many proponents of gun control think it’s better to make the ability to obtain specific categories of firearms stricter. Gun control must be tighter or a new law must pass to make it more difficult to get a firearm because it will decrease the number of crimes and murders, prevent future mass shootings, and create a safe environment in our society.
Most murders in America usually involve a gun, but how does an increase in gun control affect this? Guns took over 36,000 lives in the year of 2015; however, many Americans still believe that guns do the opposite of kill people, they believe it protects. Although crime rates in the United States have gun down since 1991 and 170 million more guns have circulated the country since then, there has not proved to be any reasonable correlation drawn between the two facts. The claim that areas with more guns were more likely to be safer than areas without guns was countered by a study conducted by Harvard University that claimed gun crimes were 6.8% more in states with more guns than states with fewer guns. Statistics show that states with higher gun violence do not have many laws regarding purchasing, owning, or registering a gun and on the other hand, states with lower crime rates have stricter guidelines for purchasing and registering their guns. In a study that graded states based on how strong their gun laws were and almost every state that had a high gun crime rate got a very poor grade. This, however, was considered inefficient, due to the inability to find a pattern. However, the state of Alaska, with the most gun fatalities in the United States, does not require a permit to have a gun, and the state of Rhode Island has the least gun fatalities and has very strict gun control policies, even though it also does not require a permit to own a gun. Even though there is much evidence that owning a gun does not exactly promise safety, many Americans still look to their firearms for protection, which often leads to an increase in gun violence rather than a decrease.