Against Gun Control Essay

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Against Gun Control Essay

By | May 2011
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What is worse, guns or people that own them? Many people are asking this question, and the answer is neither. Guns are generally used for hunting or defense and are owned by great people. Also, some bad people do happen to own guns (often illegally) and they do bad things with them. But if they did not have a gun, they would use a knife or a bat, guns are just tools. The right for people to bear arms should not be taken away because it is a second amendment right, and when respected and used properly, they are not a danger. So let us talk about who owns guns and why. As of the year 2009 there are 307 million people living in the United States, and as of 2010 300 million of them own guns 100 million of those are handguns. Based on surveys, the following are estimates of private firearm ownership in the U.S. as of 2010: | |Households With a Gun |Adults Owning a Gun |Adults Owning a Handgun | |Percentage |40-45% |30-34% |17-19% | |Number |47-53 million |70-80 million |40-45 million |

In the same poll, gun owners were asked why they own guns. 67% stated that they own guns to protect against crime, 66% said target shooting, and 41% said hunting. These being the main reasons people own guns, why should they lose their rights because of a few bad people who do happen to own guns. Based on a survey by the Department of Justice 5,340,000 violent crimes were committed in 2008. Of these only 8% were committed by offenders visibly armed with guns. So let us do the math. Out of 300 million people owning guns, only 436,000 used them for bad things. Taking away the right to bear arms would be taking away a second amendment right of a little over 299 million good people. (Just Facts 2010)

Now let us talk about Homicides and Suicides. Though the number of firearms owned by...