Due to extensive media coverage and mass public
attention to the recent high school threats and shootings, there is
now a huge public awareness to the growing number of fatalities
by and effects of handguns. I believe that many tragic accidents
and violent crimes can be prevented if handguns are outlawed.
Nan Desuka, author of Why Handguns Must Be
Outlawed wrote, "Guns don't kill people-criminals kill people."
Many people blame criminals for all the deaths caused by
handguns. Clearly, this is not true. A large number of deaths-by-
handgun are caused accidentally, by innocent people with
handguns. Most citizens feel that outlawing guns will only take
guns away from them, not the criminals. These citizens feel they
need guns to protect themselves from such criminals. Studies show
that in cases in which guns are used against criminals, the innocent
man is more likely killed than the intruder.
Statistics show that for
every burglar who is halted by the sight of a handgun, four
innocent people are killed by handgun accidents. Which brings me
to the other side of the argument.
Neil Schulman, the author of Stopping Power (Why
Seventy Million Americans Own Guns) states that "U.S. cities with
strict gun-control laws have higher homicide rates than those with
less strict laws." He also writes that studies have proven that a gun
kept in a home for protection is two-hundred times more likely to
be used in defense against a criminal than it is to cause the death of
an innocent victim in that household. However, guns owned by
law-abiding citizens often fall into the wrong hands.
Most of the guns used in burglaries, bank robberies,
etc., were stolen from innocent, gun-owning victims. If guns were
outlawed, then they would not be available for criminals to steal.