gun control

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In the wake of shootings over the past year, much controversy has risen about the need for gun control. Several adversary groups have risen requesting the need for “enhanced federal regulations”, including complete bans on guns. Political powers from all aspects of city, state, and federal introduced various proposals to restrict the right of gun ownership. On the reverse side, other groups supporting the 2nd amendment fought such proposals; stating such regulations was an “infringement on their rights”. Now I’m not a proponent of everyone carrying or owning a gun, nor am I am I against having intelligent regulations based on facts. I think we all want to protect our rights, property, and lives. I also want to restrict criminals and those deemed mentally unstable an easy passage to guns. Just Facts reports; “as of 2009, the United States has a population of 307 million people. Based on production data from firearm manufacturers, there are roughly 300 million firearms owned by civilians. Of these firearms, about 100 million are handguns”. A U.S. Justice Department study based on crime data from 1974-1985 found; • 42% of Americans will be the victim of a completed violent crime (assault, robbery, rape) in the course of their lives. • 83% of Americans will be the victim of an attempted or completed violent crime. • 52% of Americans will be the victim of an attempted or completed violent crime more than once in their lives. Just Facts points out; “in a 1997 survey of more than 18,000 prison inmates, the study found that among those serving time for violent crime, 30% of State offenders and 35% of Federal offenders carried a firearm when completed the crime. A 1982 survey of male felons in 11 state prisons dispersed across the U.S... ... middle of paper ... ...nough firearms today within America, that every household could contain one. The article also forgot to mention that murder rate (per 100 capita) is an extreme low. With these facts, we could draw the conclusion as the amount of gun ownership grows; murder rate will continue to lower. Although I would not go so far as to make this statement, I am simply pointing out that the article used fear in an attempt to persuade your belief, not facts. I ask that each of you who are tired of this type of editorials or political speeches, write to you local paper or congressman and fight for your rights. Let’s not let so far-left activist persuade our politicians into restricting our rights and privileges as Americans. Works Cited “Gun Control Facts”, By James D Agrestic and Reid K Smith, Just Facts, September 13, 2010. Revised 2/11/2013. http//

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