After reviewing my notes and further research this is my conclusion:
In the current American society there are between approximately 100 and 140 million guns. Since the beginning of man there has been murder, theft, and power struggles. Who is to say that the gun is responsible for this fault of the human species? Gunpowder wasn't invented until thousands of years after the first man/woman.
The bottom line is the sale of guns to private citizens should not be banned in the U.S.
For one thing the murder rate seems to drop as more guns are sold. I read that in the first 30 years of this century, U.S. per capita handgun ownership remained stable, but the homicide rate rose tenfold. I would have to come to the conclusion that man goes through phases of brutality against his fellow man.
Subsequently, between 1937 and 1963, handgun ownership rose by 250 percent, but the homicide rate fell by 35.7
percent. This clearly shows no connection between the sell of firearms increase and an increase in murder rate. The murder rate also dropped 20 percent from 24,526 to 19,654 from 1993 to1996, there was an additional nine percent drop in 1997. As reported in the May 25, 1998, edition of U.S. News & World Report.
As you can see the murder rate decrease trend does not end in 1963.
The truth is most gun laws don't work. Even if the entire American gun stock magically vanished, resupply for criminals would be easy. If small handguns were imported in the same physical volume as marijuana, 20 million would enter the country annually. With this bit of information some would come to the conclusion that even if we wanted to we could not become a gun free society.
In Illinois, for example, a 1977...