Finally, if you have children, you should take into account how the presence of a firearm in the home might affect their safety. Most gun-owning parents take precautions to keep their children from finding and handling the family's firearms. However, despite these efforts, children often handle guns in the home without their parents' knowledge; in one study, 22% of parents who believed that their children had never handled the guns in the home were contradicted by the children themselves. 7 Further, when a child or teen is killed by a firearm, the gun that killed them comes from their own home fully 72 percent of the time. 8
Whichever side of the debate you side with, make sure your essay on gun control gets to the point and that it includes reasonable statistics from these reputable organizations and lobbying groups. They got their information from respected sources in most cases, so going to those sources as well could further your argument for or against stronger legislation on ownership of guns in America. In any case, using these sites and their arguments is a good starting point for you. The rest will be in your hands as far as how you wish to word your argument and the tone you should take in your discussion of the topic, whether you are for stronger gun laws or not.