Guns Don't Kill People, Criminals Do

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Guns Don't Kill People - Criminals Do

   It's late at night, and you're home all alone.  You double checked to make

sure all of the doors were locked and made sure all of the windows were closed.

It's been a quiet night, but for some odd reason you cannot sleep.  During your

restless night, you hear a bump in the kitchen.  At first you dismiss it as the

wind.  But there it is again, and it's louder this time.  You're scared, your

pulse is racing and you cannot think of what to do.  You don't know whether to

call 911 or just lay there and hope whatever it was will go away.  But then you

realize you have a 9-mm Smith and Wesson hand gun in the nightstand.  You

quietly get it out, take off the trigger lock, and retrieve the bullets from on

top of your dresser.  You don't want to create a situation that isn't necessary

so you huddle next to your bed and hope whomever it is takes what they want and

leaves.  You hear them walking down the hallway toward you.  Your bladder nearly

lets go.  The intruder tries to open your door but luckily you locked it.

There still is the possibility that it's your spouse so you don't shoot the

intruder through the door.  Then the intruder kicks the door in, sending

splinters of wood flying about the room.  The time has come, you raise from the

side of your bed, instinctively assuming a marksman's pose and fire just as the

intruder is raising his weapon.  He flies back against the wall and slumps into

a lifeless pile.  You then proceed to call 911.


               Now, that is not an uncommon scenario in the present state of society.

Now what I ask you to picture is that same scenario, but this time only the

intruder has a weapon because all guns have been outlawed and the criminal is

the only person who can get their  hands on them.  It's a rather scary thought,

isn't it.  But that is exactly what some people want.  They want a ban on all

firearms.  But that is not the solution, the solution is the education of every

person that purchases a firearm and required trigger locks, and stricter

compliance by judges to the sentences mandated for crimes involving firearms.


               The "most recent attempt at federal gun legislation was the Gun Control

Act of 1968" (Goldwater 183) and has done little if anything to lower the number

of crimes committed using firearms.  In fact, "the number of shooting homicides

per year has climbed steadily since it's enactment, while armed robberies have

increased 60 percent." (183).  Now, this is a staggering piece of information.

But it's just one piece of evidence that shows that gun control laws are only

marginally effective, if at all, in curtailing crimes involving firearms.


               Now, I am not saying that there should be absolutely no restrictions on

who has a fire arm, because that is not true.  "Most everyone will agree that

felons, addicts,...

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