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Handguns In America: To Ban Or Not To Ban

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Handguns in America: To ban or not to ban.
Americans should be able to have, own and carry handguns if they feel the need to protect them. It’s a statement that is a topic of major debate and has been for years. There are proponents and oppositionists with regards to handgun laws and rights. Both sides have strong, seemingly valid arguments. In the end, we should have that choice.
One of the strongest arguments for banning handguns: An increase in the availability of handguns equals an increase in crimes using handguns. “Handguns were used in murder more than all other weapons combined.” Page 75 (Every handgun is aimed at you) Josh Sugarman is for banning handguns arguing, the higher number of handguns, and the higher number of crime. That fact may be accurate according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports. However, who is to say about the likely hood of the murder occurring regardless if the gun was available or not. If someone has a gun, they are more likely going to use it. But if someone is murder-minded, they will commit the murder, regardless of the weapon. To argue this point further, John R. Lott Jr. in his book The Bias Against Guns, mentions a study from 1977 to 1992. The research showed that the states that adopted right to conceal laws had a decrease in crimes with guns immediately following the passing of those laws. (pg 228 the bias against guns)
Suicide and handguns: “….the ready availability of handguns in the moments of despair takes thousands of lives each year.” (page 35 Every handgun is aimed at you) The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention states that: “Firearms account for 50 percent of all suicides. Death by firearms is the fastest growing method of suicide.” Just as the murder-minded individual has this idea, the suicidal mind would be the same. If someone feels the need to kill themselves, they would attempt this regardless of the method. Using a gun is more impulsive and successful than other means, but if someone wants to end their life, they will eventually, regardless of what’s available at the time.
There is no way to accurately quote figures and statistics. Why? If the only numbers available are the statistics actually recorded, that’s all you hear about. Therefore, most of the information we hear is contortions of accurate data. There are too many unregistered (illegal) gun owners to accurately report statistics. We can read reports on gun violence and hear them on the news. No one reports about the guy (registered gun owner) that pulls out a gun and scares the criminal (would-be attacker) away and thwarts the attack. When you hear the news report of a shooting, and a gun is found near-by, how many times do you ever hear an update on whether that gun matched the ballistics test of the homicide from the previous news report? We watch the crime shows like CSI where in 60 minutes (minus commercials), we see a crime, perfectly collected evidence, alleged criminal captured, wrongfully detained, released,...

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