Essay 3/Draft 4
Everyday gun violence is a major issue in the united states. Each day people
die of gun violence. People don’t understand that its not the guns that kill other
individuals, it’s the person that’s behind the gun. Gun violence is getting worse by
the day and it’s so hard to stop it. Nowadays you can purchase a firearm
anywhere. Gun violence can be examined on many levels however, our focus
should be on age requirements, mental health, and criminal history.
Mental health is a major reason behind gun violence and mass shootings. The
overall contribution of people with serious mental illness to violent crimes is only
about 3%. When these crimes are examined in detail, an even smaller percentage
of them are found to involve firearms. However, it is true that some mass
shootings and other atrocious acts of violence are committed by people who are
seriously mentally ill. In 1998, for example, Wendell Williamson, a law student
who was later diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, fatally shot two strangers
on the street in Chapel Hill in North Carolina. In the United States, popular and
political discourse frequently focuses on the causal impact of mental illness in the
aftermath of mass shootings.
Criminal history should always be checked before a purchase of a firearm. In the
wake of the shooting, people across the political spectrum from President Donald
Trump and Florida Sen. Marco...