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Gun control is the limitation of the use and ownership of guns Guns are a big part of American history The first guns in America were used by the colonists for hunting Later the colonists used their guns to gain their independence from England The Revolutionary war along with all the other wars that followed revolutionized the gun to meet the needs that warfare demanded From the Wild West to Desert Storm guns have become a part of American culture Over the last hundred years a new issue involving guns has risen Gun control should be refined in America because guns cause suicides gun related accidents and crime in AmericaThere are many suicides in America each year More lives are taken each year by guns involving suicides than homicides 18562 suicides and 18350 homicides were reported in 1991 Thousands of suicides occur each year and guns cause roughly 67 percent It is believed that using a gun is the fastest easiest and most successful way for someone to kill themselves It is estimated that for every suicide there are twenty attempted suicides This shows that if more people had guns more of the attempted suicides would be successfulIn addition to suicides there are also many accidents cause by guns in America In 70 of gun accidents the shooter was a boy between the age of ten and fourteenStrahinich p66 Every day a child is killed by an accident at homeStrahinich p67 Two ideas of gun control that would help this problem are that the owner of a gun should be required to have taken certain classes on gun use and safety and that the gun should not be in a household with children unless they have been through a type of family counseling that explains guns Currently some states do require a person to take a class on gun safety and there are safety features on the guns but obviously its not enoughFurthermore the crime
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