Addressing the Increase of Gun Violence Related Deaths in the United States and How to Reduce Them
Ashfaq, Rameesha S.
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Several Americans lose their lives to gun violence every year. Gun-violence-related death rates have been increasing annually. In 2020, gun violence deaths significantly increased due to the insecurities surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and the racial tensions in the United States. This capstone highlights the gravity of the issue of increased gun-violence-related deaths in America and discusses the history of gun laws in the US as well as the current gun laws. The effectiveness and ineffectiveness of current policies are examined based on the states they are applicable in. The data is compared to propose a policy that would possibly help decrease gun-related deaths in the US by encouraging gun permits that would be acquired after intensive background checks and psychological assessments. The proposal presents an action-forcing event, the history and background of gun laws, a policy proposal, a policy and political analysis of the policy, and a recommendation. Essentially, the recommendation is that the policy proposed should be implemented to see a decline in gun-violence deaths in the United States.