Civilian Safety

Alexa Leopold

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Semi-automatic and automatic weapons are intended for use on the military battlefield, not our churches, schools and shopping centers.

Since 1986 when the United States banned the sale of military machine guns to civilians, similar versions of these military-style guns have been provided. Semi-automatic weapons became an identical alternative for military-style machine guns in the way they are physically designed and operate. They are known to be just as harmful if not more destructive than military-style guns.

This comes from Violence Policy Center, an American nonprofit organization that advocates for gun control and against gun violence, founded in 1988 and located in Washington D.C.

Semi-automatic firearms, which after firing one round, automatically reloads and is ready for the trigger to be pulled again, accounts for around 20 percent of privately owned firearms in the United States. This percentage is continuing to rise each year as more civilians are purchasing these guns, according to  NRA-ILA.

NRA-ILA is an Institute for Legislative Action, established in 1975 in Fairfax, Virginia. The NRA-ILA institute is dedicated to preserving the right of citizens to purchase and use firearms.

In places outside of the United States, such as Britain, England, there were around 8,583 murders caused by firearms in 2015. This number comes from The Trace, an independent, nonprofit, and nonpartisan news organization committed to expanding public understanding of gun violence in the United States.

The U.S. has higher than five times the number of firearm deaths as the top Western European nation. In comparison to the U.S. with 3.55, Portugal has 0.66 deaths per 100,000 people, according to National Public Radio, a privately and publicly funded non-profit membership media organization founded in 1970 and located in Washington, D.C.

The access Civilians have through purchasing these weapons, specifically semi-automatic and automatic, are only going to continue to contribute to more mass shootings in America. We need to restrict access to such firearms in order to help put a stop to the violence once and for all.

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