The Second Amendment of the United States protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms. It was adopted on December 15, 1791 along with the rest of the Bill of Rights. The United States Government should not infringe on those rights by the enforcement of gun control against law-abiding citizens. Gun control does not reduce crime, does not stop criminals from obtaining guns, and does not address the real issue of violent crime. There is no evidence that gun control affects the crime rate. The United States government is attempting to reduce violent crime by controlling the amount of guns on the market, who is allowed to purchase a gun, and what type of gun a person is allowed to purchase. The only people affected by gun
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That is a difference of over 800,000 more weapons purchased. If guns were at the root of violent crime, then crime rate would parallel the sales of guns. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual report Crime in the United States, violent crime rate decreased for the past four years and property crime has decreased for the eighth straight year. The report estimated violent and property crimes declined 6.0 percent and 2.7 percent compared with 2009 estimates. The violent crime rate for the year was 403.6 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants while property crime rate was 2,941.9 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants. Figure 1. FBI Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report. This figure illustrates the crime rate between 2008 and 2009.
United States citizens own more than 200 million firearms. There are more firearms in the United States than adults. Only 24.6 percent of United States adults owned a firearm. Of that 24.6 percent 41.8 percent are men and 9 percent are women (Hahn, R. A. 2002). Easy access to guns in the United States may be part of the explanation for high homicide rate compared to other industrialized countries. Almost two thirds of homicides involve a firearm. The high rate of gun ownership maybe a factor in violent crime rates however there is little or no evidence that gun control laws will change the crime rate (Levitt, S. D. 2004). Figure 2. Number of NFA Forms