Samuel GjonajMrs Hesprich12 YO WritingTuesday, January 30 Guns should be banned from America Words cannot describe the horror of finding out that a loved one has passed away. What if you were in that position, or what if you were the person who passed away? If you look around you, you can see your family and friends and it would be absolutely petrifying if you lost one of them. On an average day, 96 Americans are killed by guns, seven of them being children or teens. This makes an average year, with around 13,000 deaths only caused by guns. (“Gun Violence by the Numbers” 2018). America’s gun rate is 25 times the average of other developed countries(“Gun Violence by the Numbers” 2018). As guns increase crime rates and suicide rates and they should be banned from the American public. Guns increase homicide ratings, and if they were banned crime rates would lower. According to the decades of data analyzed by Harvard School of Public Health, guns and homicide ratings are connected to each other and we can see a pattern regarding guns and crime rates. If we take two different places, one being with a gun ban (Massachusetts) and one without (Texas) we can see the difference in homicide rates, shown in per 100,000 residents. Massachusetts has a 1.9, while on the other hand Texas has a 4.8 homicide rate(“Murder in the United States by state” 2018). This shows how without gun laws there are drastically more homicide and crime rates. Other people might just think of this as a coincidence. This isn’t just regarding Massachusetts and Texas. If we take two different states, being Washington D.C. (guns are prohibited) and Alabama (no ban) we can still see a pattern. Washington D.C. has a 2.9 (per 100,000 inhabitants) and Alabama has a 7.2 rate of murder (“Murder in the United States by state” 2018).. In addition, guns increase suicide rates. A recent study from Harvard School of Public Health, reveals a powerful link between rates of firearm ownerships and suicide rates. In Wyoming, where 63 percent of households reported owning guns, rates of suicide were higher. Suicide is a thought, but if in the person’s house there is a gun, it makes the person think about it more and actually even do it. It only takes one movement of your finger to take someone’s life away or even your own, this means that guns are really quick, and it takes a really small time for someone to kill themselves. Many people are dealing with depression, anxiety and stress, and if there is a gun in their home, this makes it more tempting to get hold of it and commit suicide. This something really sad and we have to do something about it. Species are being endangered by guns.There are now 41,415 species on the IUCN Red List, and 16,306 of them are endangered species threatened with extinction. The species endangered include one in four mammals, one in eight birds, one third of all amphibians and 70% of the world’s assessed plants on the 2007 IUCN Red List are in jeopardy of extinction. The total number of extinct species has reached 785 and a further 65 are only found in captivity or in cultivation. In the last 500 years, human activity has forced over 800 species into extinction. (“Endangered Earth – Promoting the Plight of Endangered Species and the Efforts to Save Them”)Citations“Gun Violence by the Numbers.” EverytownResearch.org, 18 Jan. 2018, everytownresearch.org/gun-violence-by-the-numbers/.“Murder in the United States by state.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 13 Jan. 2018, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_in_the_United_States_by_state.“Guns and suicide: A fatal link.” News, 23 Apr. 2014, www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/magazine/guns-and-suicide/.“Endangered Earth – Promoting the Plight of Endangered Species and the Efforts to Save Them.” Endangered Earth, www.endangeredearth.com/.