Donald Sacco, a 64 year old man living in Orlando, Florida, was waiting for a bus early one morning, when suddenly, a 50 year old stranger came out of nowhere and stabbed him repeatedly, trying to steal his bag. Meanwhile, Sacco attempted to use his cane to defend himself and made it clear that he didn’t have any money. Two Good Samaritans, one of which was legally carrying a firearm, saw the scene, and came to Sacco’s aid. One of the men, Jeffery Hopkins, trained his weapon on the attacker to prevent him from running until authorities could arrive, while Joshua Juliano began treating Sacco’s injuries. Thanks to their combined efforts, Sacco was able to make it to the local hospital and receive treatment that saved his life. “‘They never met me, didn 't know who I was,’ Sacco said. ‘But they were willing to stop and help someone in need.’” (Pavuk 2-6). Few Americans hear stories such as this one, but nearly everyone hears about the violent crimes involving firearms that result in fatalities. It is for that reason that so many Americans have grown to fear guns and the danger they pose if they wind up in the wrong hands. Countless Americans believe that the simplest solution would be to confiscate citizens’ guns, but that would only exacerbate the problem by leaving free Americans vulnerable to criminals and other mentally unstable individuals who will not let the law prevent them from harming others. Therefore, it is essential that guns are properly regulated, along with more gun education and raised awareness in order to create a well-armed society that can act responsibly in order to decrease the violent crime rate.
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...ticle also notes the disturbing fact that “[m]ore than 8,500 Americans were murdered by guns (or rather, by killers wielding guns) in 2011, according to FBI data. Of those, 565 were under the age of 18; 119 were kids 12 or younger (LIFE).” The article discusses a photo essay and article previously published in 1956 in which Officer Rod Rankin is teaching a voluntary course in gun safety to young children, pictured in the photo essay. During his lesson, Officer Rankin teaches kids to never point a gun at anyone, and to always check to see if a firearm is loaded. The original article notes that some believe children shouldn’t learn about guns that early, but the National Rifle Association countered with a claim of their own: if a child learns to respect a gun and what not to do with it early on, their curiosity is less likely to put them or others in harm’s way (LIFE).
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