Should we ban the use of firearms?

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Should We Ban the Use of Firearms?

The NRA brings up many issues and resolves them to the best of their abilities. One question that is still left unanswered would be why are they letting citizens own the guns and firearms? Many innocent people die each and everyday because of an accidental shooting of a firearm. If there were a ban on the weapon, would this still occur? There are many writers and organizations that are for and against gun control. There are three particular readings that I have read that would definitely support the ban of these weapons. The first reading was by Ruth Rosen, the second by Josh Sugarmann, and the third by James Wright. These three readings all point to the fact that if these weapons were banned, the number of deaths would go down. If guns and firearms were not allowed for personal use, the number of deaths would definitely decrease.

The first reading is by Ruth Rosen and is titled, "Domestic Disarmament: A Women's issue?" This article begins by her explaining her opinions on women and gun control. She believes that women are forced to protect themselves because of the incidents that are occurring. She believes women are targeted now because the gun industry had run out of male customers. "About four years ago, gun manufacturers realized that they had run out of male customers"(Rosen 176). She then goes on to show how gun companies have targeted women by making publications specifically for women. An example would be Women and Guns, American Firearms Industry, and eventually had issues in the Ladies' Home Journal. She also goes on and talks about how women and men differ. "...No one else is as well organized- or seems to care enough- to protect out families and communities from...