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Gun Control-Banning handguns

Eric Bauman

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Handguns while being the choice of criminals, are also the choice of citizens. Since handguns are easy for criminals to steal, handguns easily obtainable on the black market. This makes handguns an attractive choice for criminals. The majority of firearm crimes are committed with handguns. Yes there is an issue at hand, but is banning handguns the best way to protect the innocent? Handguns while dangerous, when put into the right hands can protect this nation! The sound of bullet casingins hitting the ground might be that of a criminal taking advantage of your un-armed brother, sister, or neighbor, if government had their way and banned handguns. Gun control activist have been looking to ban handguns all together. In September of 1976, Washington, D.C. placed a ban on all handguns. The ban was later lifted in 2008. Authors Agresti and Smith (2010), state that “during the years in which the D.C. handgun ban and trigger lock law were in effect, the Washington, D.C. murder rate averaged 73% higher than it was at the outset of the law, while the U.S. murder rate averaged 11% lower.” (Agresti & Smith, 2010, para. 5). As of 2010, there were roughly 300 million firearms owned by citizens in the United States. Of those 300 million, approximately 100 million were handguns. During the year 2008, an assailant who was visibly carrying a gun committed approximately 436,000 violent crimes (Agresti & Smith, 2010). A study conducted during the year 2000 showed that U.S. citizens use guns to defend themselves roughly 989,983 times a year (Agresti & Smith, 2010). That’s almost 1million times in a year, that an innocent citizen was put into a predicament were they felt they needed to draw their weapon in defense.

When people are stripped of the most effective form of self-defense, they are vulnerable, and this is a serious...
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