In the United States the number of firearms in circulation has surpassed the total U.S. population. Consequently, there are more mass shootings in the U. S. than in any other country in the world. Only a month ago the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history occurred in Las Vegas.

According to The Washington Post (2013), the estimated number of firearms would be roughly 357 million — 40 million more guns than people. These numbers are blind to firearms that enter and exit the country illegally. Thus there should be stricter laws regulating the amount of guns in order to reduce gun violence.

Firstly, the presence of a gun makes it more likely for a civilian to take action and for people to get injured or killed. However, it is not illegal to carry a gun with you, it is only illegal to fire it at someone. Notwithstanding, the death rate from gun homicides is redundant, about 31 per million people.

These homicides include losses from mass shootings, nightclub shootings and single-victim killings. In the documentary, Gun Nation, a weapon seller says “allowing people to carry firearms lead to the fact that people take the law in their own hands”. The inevitable conclusion of mass shootings, injuries and murders is due to the easy access of firearms.

The right of the people to keep and bear arms was adopted in the Second Amendment in the Constitution of the United States in 1791 (The Guardian, 2017). In the American Revolutionary War, weapons were used. Furthermore, 200 years ago, guns and weapons were common for hunting. In the beginning it worked as an auxiliary right, supporting the natural rights of self-defense.

Americans have been thinking about the second amendment as an individual right for generations,” said Adam Winkler, a law professor at UCLA. Nonetheless, times change, and the disadvantages of easy access to firearms completely overshadow the safety of stricter rules.