Gun Control

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By: Angela E-mail: English-per. 2 3. March 2,000 GUN CONTROL Gun control is an issue that has been debated by Americans since the 1960?s (Dolan 1). The debate questions the right of Americans to bear arms, this including, handguns, shotguns, and rifles. Some say a simple restriction of these arms is in order while some think they should be banned altogether (Dolan 1). Both sides hold strong opinions often causing conflict in the matter and confusion among the citizens of the United States. However, the opponents do agree that a death rate of 30 million a year due to the powerful and deadly weapon is too high; only they have different views on how to lower this rate. These arms, proven by statistics, provide the result of 30 million murders, suicides, and accidental deaths each year (Dolan 1). The number of firearms is estimated to be over 150 million and outnumber all of ours cars, trucks, and busses by more than 25 million (Dolan 7).

A large percentage of these firearms are held by half of the nation?s families that for the most part use them for the lawful protection of their homes and will most likely never be used (Dolan 7). ?And the millions more are kept by responsible sportsmen for hunting, trapshooting, and target shooting,? this was a reply from Dolan to an English visitor to America, who was astonished by the figures of firearms (7). ?I?d say that the United States is an armed camp,? said the English visitor (Dolan 7). In despondence to Dolan?s defending the millions of guns owned by citizens for protection or sport, the Englishman said, ?One hundred and fifty million guns. It doesn?t matter what they?re used for. I they?re loaded someone?s bound to get hurt.?(Dolan 7-8). America has one of...