Gun Control and the Second Amendment Essay examples

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The Second Amendment to the Constitution says, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” (Agresti, 2009, para. 2). Based on a simple reading of this, it would seem that people do have the right to own and use firearms. So why are so many people trying to ban guns? Maybe it is because they do not understand what the Second Amendment actually means. Maybe it is because the media only reports the crimes committed with guns and not the lives saved with them. What would happen to the crime rate in the United States if guns were banned altogether as other countries have done? While some people think guns should be banned, it has been …show more content…
6). It shows that rates continued to rise since 1982 with the highest rates being in 2003. That year “73.54% of murders were committed with handguns” (American Bar Association, 2010, p. 7).

Year Total Murders Total Handgun Murders Percentage of Handgun Murders Murder Rate per 100,000 Population Handgun Murder Rate per 100,000 Population
1965 3951 1581 40.00%1 11.13 4.45
1966 5101 2121 41.57%1 14.37 5.97
1967 5521 2621 47.46%1 15.55 7.38
1968 6471 2741 42.35%1 18.22 7.72
1969 7151 3341 46.71%1 20.14 9.41
1970 8101 4091 50.49%1 24.05 12.15
1971 8241 3901 47.33%1 24.47 11.58
1972 7111 3981 55.98%1 21.12 11.82
1973 8641 4591 53.13%1 25.66 13.63
1974 9701 4641 47.84%1 28.81 13.78
1975 8181 4121 50.37%1 24.29 12.24
1976 8141 3971 48.77%1 24.17 11.79
1977 8231 4241 51.52%1 24.44 12.59
1978 7871 4241 53.88%1 23.27 12.59
1979 8561 4181 48.83%1 25.42 12.41
1980 8631 3961 45.89%1 28.72 13.18
1981 8771 3741 42.65%1 29.18 12.44
1982 6681 2541 38.02%1 22.23 8.45
1983 7291 2901 39.78%1 24.26 9.65
1984 7411 2891 39.00%1 24.66 9.62
1985 6661 2611 39.19%1 22.16 8.68
1986 7441 2851 38.31%1 24.76 9.48
1987 6911 2601 37.63%1 22.99 8.65
1988 6601 3711 56.21%1 21.96 12.35
1989 7421 4171 56.20%1 24.69 13.88
1990 8521 5131 60.21%1 30.60 18.42
1991 9271 5421 58.47%1 33.30 19.47
1992 9401 5341 56.81%1 33.76 19.18
1993 8552 5523 64.64%3 30.71 19.83
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