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 private citizens has been increasing steadily since 1970, the overall rate of homicides and suicides has not risen. As the chart below shows, there is no correlation between the availability of firearms and the rates of homicide and suicide in America. [pic]
This proves that just because people own a gun does not mean that they are using them for crime. The following graph will show that more firearms are used to protect lives than to take lives. [pic]
In 2007, there were 613 fatal firearm accidents in the U.S. constituting 0.5% of the 123,706 fatal accidents that year. 24% of those people were poisoned, proving once again that bad people do not always use guns do to their dirty work. (Just Facts 2010) The theology of gun control has always rested on the belief that citizens should not have guns because the government will protect them. That theology collapsed along with the World Trade Center towers. But rather than admitting their bankruptcy, anti-gun groups are doing cartwheels to convince people that the events of September 11 somehow prove the dangers of private gun ownership. Airplanes are perhaps the most heavily regulated gun-free zones in America. A small band of terrorists exploited the gun ban to use box cutters to take control of four planes. If four pilots had had snubnose .38 Specials that day, thousands of lives could have been saved and tens of billions of dollars of damage to the American economy avoided. Many Americans instinctively understand that--which is why anti-gun groups worked twice as hard to muddy public thinking. On September 18, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence issued a statement urging people not to respond to the debacle by buying a gun. Sarah Brady announced: "This nation has lost too many lives in the past week. Please don't let someone in your family become yet another casualty of a senseless act of violence." Obviously, guns can mean nothing but trouble--regardless of how many people die...
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