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Gun Control: Issue Overview


Every mass shooting in the United States starts a new debate over the right to own guns. Americans own more guns than anybody else on Earth. Firearms are involved in the deaths of more than 30,000 people in the U.S. each year. About two-thirds of these deaths are from suicide. Guns are also a big part of the story of the nation's founding. The National Rifle Association (NRA) is the main pro-gun group in the U.S. For decades, it has successfully convinced courts and lawmakers to weaken laws on owning and carrying guns and has prevented tougher laws from being passed.