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Why Should We Ban Handguns in the United StatesRecently in Michigan a six-year-old brought a handgun to school and shot a classmate and killed her In 1990 there were 23438 homicides in the United States 9923 due to handguns 418 This was one of the points that Nicholas Dixon brings up in his article Why Should We Ban Handguns in the United StatesDixons argues for the ban of handguns in the United States with the complete ban outweighing the negative effects He does not argue for the outright ban of all guns that is questioning the Second Amendments right to bear arms Arguing the complete ban of all guns would be impossible which is why he stays to strictly handgunsDixons line of reason is that if we reduce the handgun population we will reduce the handgun violence which will lower the number of violent crimes 418 Handguns were chosen to be the gun of choice to be banned because of its easiness to be concealed The handguns were also chosen because they were seen to be the primary cause of the violent crimes in AmericaIn an International comparison the US had a significantly higher rate of homicide than all countries included 419 This was attributed to the more lenient laws that are in the US more than anywhere else The comparison of Seattle to Vancouver is used to present this point more efficiently The two cities are similar in almost all aspects the only difference being that Canada has stricter gun laws 421In short Dixons argument is in order to reduce the number of violent crimes in the US we need to decrease the number of handgun owners which will lower handgun violence Even though criminal offenders would still have guns the amount available would be significantly decreased The idea behind the ban is to lower the overall pool of guns 422Lowering the pool of guns I feel that this will not lead to a
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