Ban Semi-Automatic Weapons in the United States

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Ban Semi-Automatic Weapons


Did you know that there were over 38,000 gun deaths in 2016 alone?  60% of those were suicide and 37% was a homicide. As estimated by the  National Shooting Sports Foundation study 1.3 million assault rifles are sold each year.  In five of the six deadliest mass shootings in the U.S. in the past 6 years, the gunman used an AR-15 assault-style weapon, in the other one the killer used a different type of semi-automatic assault rifle.  And now in 2018, we have an average of 1.5 school shootings a week. I think that these efficient killing machines do not belong in the hands of everyday people.

One of the many reasons why these weapons should be banned is that these weapons were manufactured for military use.  The AR-15 is literally a semi-automatic version of the M16 which is a weapon used only in the military. These are lightweight and easy to operate and are designed to kill as efficiently as possible. You could make your AR-15 fully automatic as well by buying an upgrade kit for it.  Since in the United States fully automatic weapons are illegal, this shouldn’t be allowed either. Long story short weapons meant for the military special forces should not be sold to the general public.

Another reason assault weapons should be banned is because a ban has worked to stop mass shootings in the past.  The assault weapons ban from 1994 to 2004 was not to lower the rate of overall violent crime it was to lower the rate of mass shootings.  It did what it was supposed to do. The number of mass shootings drastically went down when the ban went into effect. According to a study conducted by Louis Klarevas for the Washington Post, there were 19 gun massacres (where 6 or more die) where 155 people died from 1984 to 1994.  But in the time period of the ban (1994-2004), the number of gun massacres decreased by 7 and the number of deaths by 66. Then after the ban had expired in 2004 the total amount of gun massacres from then to 2014 increased up to 34 and the number of deaths in these incidents at 302 people.  Now in 2018, we have already had over 25 shootings in only 3 months. The assault weapons ban in 1994 to 2004 clearly had an effect on the number of mass shooting in the United States, and I think it could work again.

Some people may argue that by the 2nd amendment they should be allowed to keep and bear arms.  These people are completely wrong and are just using this argument because they are afraid to lose their guns.  First of all the 2nd amendment was made over 200 years ago, it is outdated. It was made at a time when the fastest guns were muskets that fired one round and then needed to be reloaded.  Secondly, the reason people were allowed to have weapons was to defend against invaders. But now in the present day, there is no threat of a neighboring state or tribe attacking us. The second amendment is just being used as a lame excuse for owning military-grade weaponry.

In conclusion semi, automatic weapons are too dangerous to be sold to civilians.  These weapons were based on, and are almost identical to the M16 and the M4 Carbine which are both weapons used only in the military.  Since an assault weapons ban has worked in the past at stopping mass shootings it could work again in 2018. Just imagine a world without a school shooting every week, an America that is safe for everyone.  We can go on with our daily lives knowing that there is almost no threat of a mass shooting. I and the rest of America’s children will be able to go to school without the thought “is my school next”?