Gun Control Essays

791 Words Apr 30th, 2001 4 Pages
Dan Nenninger: Essay # 1 Gun Control

According to the Coalition for Gun Control, last year a total of 291 people were killed by handguns in Australia, Sweden, Great Britain, Japan, and Switzerland. In the United States more than 24,000 people will be killed by the end of this year. So what is the big difference between the U.S. and these other countries? In these other countries it nearly impossible to buy any kind of gun. In these countries there are no gun shows. In these countries you can't buy a gun at a pawnshop or your local Wal-Mart. These countries have strict gun laws and are all about gun control. In this paper I will discus the correct interpretation of the Second Amendment, why guns are such a problem in the U.S., and
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One counter-argument to this is that if the government disarms the populace, the populace is ripe for dictatorial takeover, and cannot fight back. My response to this is simple: America has over 270,000,000 citizens at last count. No dictator could "take over" without popular support of these citizens. My second point is why guns are such a problem in the United States. The problem with guns is fairly straightforward: they make it easy to kill or injure a person. In Dr. Jeffrey A. Roth's Firearms and Violence Brief he points out that approximately 60% of all murder victims in the U.S. were killed by firearms. In 1985(the latest year for which data is available) the cost of shootings was estimated to be more than $14 billion nationwide for medical care, long-term disability, and premature death. Arthur L. Kellerman found that residents of homes where a gun is present are 5 times more likely to experience a suicide than residents of homes without guns. My third point is why guns are more likely to kill a friend instead of a foe. Donald Reay, who has had his research published in The New England Journal of Medicine, has shown that a gun kept in the home is 43 times more likely to kill a member of the household, or a friend, than an intruder. Another argument the pro-gunners present is the collective self-defense argument where if many Americans own guns, it is better for the general welfare of the country in case we are invaded by a

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