I think it's time for Americans to demand our politicians to “man-up” to the National Rifle Association. We just buried a fine lady deputy, senselessly killed. A 3 year old found a gun under the car seat and killed himself. Another child was playing with a gun and killed his infant sibling. A kid goes to school and shoots classmates for no good reason. A driver shoots at another motorist, who cut him off. A drive-by shooting into a house kills an innocent infant. These are just a few of the recent events caused by the overly permissive hand gun regulations. The NRA claims more lives are saved by gun ownership preventing deaths, that don't get publicity. In reality, the rare times that's the case, every body applauds the homeowner or clerk that shoots the bad guy. That news is not held back.
I'm not against gun ownership. I used to be a avid hunter, and even helped pay my way through college by collecting specimens for a museum. I have owned a number of guns. I have never owned a handgun, but qualified as expert marksman, and carried one in Vietnam. But I believe the NRA has prevented rational regulation of handguns and the legalization of assault weapons.
Why does a person need a handgun. To protect his home? If so where does he keep it. Hopefully locked up, if children are around, or ever visit. If so, how long will it take him to recover it in an emergency. Does it have a round in the firing chamber? That causes a lot of accidents. Why wouldn't a shotgun, which would be more effective for home protection, and would be safer if children are present. Better still, have some flying insect killer, that shoots a spray 20 feet, and is much safer protection.
Concealed weapon permits are popular and easy to obtain. Why? If the person is carrying valuables it would make sense, many just think it's macho, but most just want to have a gun under the seat, in the glove box, or somewhere else in the car. The bad guys easily get handguns from cars. home burglaries, and gun shows.
From my reading of the Constitution, it is obvious that the right to bear arms was directly related to maintaining a “citizen militia”. This did not mean a group of folks dressing up and playing war games, or preparation to overthrow an oppressive government (as expressed in the Federalist Papers when referring to King George of England). Incidentally that didn't work out very well for the Confederacy, did it. Other references in the Constitution clearly state that what the writers were referring to was what we call the National Guard. It specifically states that the President will be the Commander in Chief of the Militia.
Here are some random statistics concerning firearms.Five out of six gun-possessing felons obtained handguns from the secondary market and by theft, and “[the] criminal handgun market is overwhelmingly dominated by informal transactions and theft as mechanisms of supply.”170
|Average number of firearm thefts that occur every year in the US:||341,000|
|Percentage of Americans who feel that "the laws covering the sale of firearms should be made more strict":||62|
|Number of murders committed in 1995 in the US:||20,043|
Percentage of murders committed with a firearm:
Percentage of murders committed with a handgun:
Although handguns make up only 34% of firearms, approximately 80% of firearm homicides are committed with a handgun.Women face an especially high risk of handgun violence. In 2008, 71% of female homicide victims were killed with a handgun.
1991 study documenting the effectiveness of Washington, D.C.’s law banning handguns (this law was recently repealed following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling finding it unconstitutional in District of Columbia v. Heller, 128 S. Ct. 2783 (2008)) found that following the enactment of the ban in 1976, there was a 25% decline in homicides committed with firearms and a 23% decline in suicides committed with firearms within the District of Columbia. No similar reductions were observed in the number of homicides or suicides committed by other means, nor were similar reductions found in the adjacent metropolitan areas in Maryland and Virginia.
An analysis of Texas’ CCW law, (a law adopted in 1995 that overturned the state’s 125-year ban on concealed weapons), found that between January 1, 1996 and August 31, 2001, Texas license holders were arrested for 5,314 crimes, including murder, rape, kidnapping and theft.
From 1996 to 2000, Texas CCW holders were arrested for weapons-related crimes at a rate 81% higher than that of the state’s general population age 21 and older.
The U.S. has the highest rate of firearm deaths among 25 high-income nations. Another study concluded that among 36 high-income and upper-middle-income countries, the U.S. has the highest overall gun mortality rate.
It seems that at the very least, owners of handguns should be held accountable for their handguns. Those that do not protect their handguns from minors, or thieves, drink while carrying, or other careless operation, should lose their right to carry or possess.