Gun Control Laws And The Rights Of Law Citizens Essay

814 Words Jul 23rd, 2015 4 Pages
Private Americans own approximately 120, 000, 000 guns. Fifty-five to sixty million of these are hand guns. Fifty percent of all American households have one or more guns. Approximately ten thousand hand gun homicides of wounding plus more than two thousand accidental deaths plus several thousand gun suicides. Gun violence statistics, high-profile crimes committed with guns, and the ready availability and large number of privately owned guns in the U.S. have spurred support for gun control laws, and for their enforcement. At the same time, many gun owners, and a powerful gun lobby, strongly oppose all or most restrictions as infringing on the rights of law-abiding citizens and as ineffective in reducing gun violence by miscreants. In recent years, victims of gun violence, as well as certain U.S. cities, have filed lawsuits seeking to hold gun manufacturers liable for the damage their products cause.
Roughly 30,000 people are killed in the U.S. each year by guns--whether by accident, suicide, or homicide-according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A 2004 survey by the Harvard School of Public Health found that about 38% of U.S. households and 26% of individuals owned at least one gun, with about half of the individuals having 4 or more guns. Estimates from that survey placed the total number of privately owned firearms in the U.S. at more than 200 million, with about 40% of them being handguns. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reported that in 2006…

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