The United States has a high number of gun-related deaths compared to the rest of the world. Many approaches attempt to help mitigate these deaths, but few have proven ultimately successful on a national level. The purpose of this paper is to establish the need for gun reform by determining the relationship between guns and fatalities and covers how the US and foreign countries approach gun control. More specifically, this paper will examine each of the different approaches: firearm access restrictions, licensing restrictions, carry restrictions, and issuing parameters for concealed weapon permits. This examination will include firearm homicide rates as well as firearm suicide rates. Additionally, this paper will also incorporate the works of Altheimer (2010), Masters (2015), and Rosenbaum (2012), all of whom have examined the issue of gun reform on a global level. This examination relies on pooled data to most effectively reach the following conclusion: The United States should compare its gun laws to foreign countries to mitigate gun deaths.
"Gun Control in America: A Global Comparison,"
Themis: Research Journal of Justice Studies and Forensic Science: Vol. 8
, Article 7.