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As early as 1976 it was estimated that more had been written on gun control than on all other crime-related topics combined The literature that was written before this time was very flawed and severely biased The reason for this bias was the academics could see no reason why anyone should own a weapon in a democracy and why should they The only studies that were done were problematic ones such as gun accidents gun violence and gun ownership among extremist groups Due to these early writings todays society is seeing more laws being introduced and more court cases that question the Second Amendment Two examples of these cases are the Emerson case and United States v Miller In both of these cases a question is raised is the Second Amendment being infringed apon details of both case to come To answer the question of the right to bare arms we must first realize that there is over 20000 local state and federal laws already passed in our nation Most of the laws control handguns and assult riffles One such law in California is state some hand gun law Laws like this bring us to the debate over how much more dangerous are hand guns verse long guns in accidents To emphasize accidental handgun fatalities among children Handgun Control Inc runs nationally an advertisement which pictures an infant playing with a pistol An academic-produced video for schools and libraries solemnly asserts that a child is accidentally killed by a handgun every day ie 365 per yearfn Two academic anti-gun crusaders put the accidental death toll at almost 1000 children per yearfn Fortunately these assertions are grotesque exaggerations In fact the National Safety Council figures of identifiable handgun accidental fatality average only 246 people of all ages per yearfn For children alone the identifiable handgun average was 10-15 accidental fatalities per year for children under age five and 50-55 yearly for children under age
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