Gun violence in the united states
Across America, firearms are fast becoming a must-have accessory (“I’m girlie about my gun. I chose it because it’s beautiful and I like it on show” said a 24 girl.)But is this fear of serious crime justified or a sign of a society in the grip of intense paranoia ? There are an estimated 200 million privately owned guns in the US. Despite the pro-gunners’ fears, they’re not going to be taken away anytime soon. Even the Brady Campaign doesn’t advocate an outright ban – just more safety checks and controls. Handguns have been almost completely outlawed in the UK since 1997, but such a law is unlikely to be passed in the States. Firearms are responsible of about 30 000 deaths in the US, because of a suicide or a murder, and nine children died because of firearms.
The U.S. Constitution contains 27 amendments and the II amendment makes the carrying of weapons legally "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
This amendment allows U.S. citizens to freely hold one or more weapons and use them just as freely.
…but there are still restrictions.
Firstly in 1911, the State of New York passes a law to control.
But the most important law is the Brady bill passed in 1994. It limits the possession of firearms by criminals and former requires a check of criminal and psychiatric history when purchasing a new weapon . thus allows to limit the crimes offenders.
In addition, different states of the United States increasingly are trying to limit the purchase of weapons: indeed there are 11 major federal laws.
But US is a real consumer of weapons
Gun violence is an intensely debated political issue in the United States. Gun related violence is most common in poor urban areas and in conjunction with gang violence. Gun violence is not new in the United States, with the assassinations of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865, Presidents