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More Americans killed by guns than by war in the 20th century Statistics show that guns have killed more people in an 18-year period between 1979 and 1997 than in all of the wars since 1775 During that 18-year period 651697 people were killed 334870 were suicides 278865 were homicides and 28964 were from unknown causes Other statistics show 34000 Americans are killed every year 393 senior citizens are killed every month and 13 children are killed every day All of this is done with guns How can we as Americans help change this Some people believe the solution to the problem is to completely ban guns from all citizens and make them illegal to own Many other people including myself believe that stricter regulations should be put into action and strongly enforced I also believe that some kind of safety mechanism should be included with every gun and existing gun owners should be supplied with a free lock taught how to correctly use the device and be required to use it People should also have to keep the gun in a secure place that is not easily accessible to children We have many regulations now but there are many ways to get around them Loopholes are among the easiest ways to bypass the laws Others include stores not conducting background checks and stores not waiting the correct amount of time before selling the gun Even with the National Instant Check System NICS that is used today unauthorized persons are able to purchase firearms Unless federal computer records indicate a felony arrest record dishonorable discharge an illegal alien status or other possible disability the purchaser can receive the firearm within a matter of minutes One loophole in the NICS is that many records are kept only at the state level and mental health records are not computerized at all as a result there is an increased chance of someone slipping through the system A young
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