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guns Books related to guns Gun Control Mass homicides and numerous suicides should be evidence enough that this country needs stronger gun control laws The articles that Im using for this paper both focus on guns One article gives details of the high number of suicides that are assisted by the use of guns The other describes our countries unsuccessful attempts at new restrictions on gun ownership More people are killing themselves with guns than those being killed by other people using guns Using the most recent statistics available guns were used in 17566 suicides compared with 13522 homicides in 1997 If this isnt a wake-up call for gun control then what is Studies also show that there is a high risk of gun suicide during the first week of owning a gun What does this tell us about the mental and emotional stability of a high number if people buying guns today A test may be needed to determine the mental stability of the person trying to purchase the gun This is just one idea Could this be a key point to look at while developing gun control regulations A senate committee is holding the first congressional hearings on suicide this month Lets all hope that something good will come from those hearings As of now Congress cant agree on new regulations Recent mass homicides and shootings at schools and churches have caused this issue to climb the ladder of importance in Congress The republicans and democrats just dont seem to be able to agree on new regulations Their disagreement is caused by their differing views The Republicans believe that we should create more of an effort to enforce the laws that already exist The Democrats want to create new laws that would prevent criminals from getting guns Will preventing criminals from getting guns lower our suicide rate My guess is probably not Some regulations need to focus
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