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Handgun Control Death by guns is a common occurrence in America You can read stories about deaths from guns in the newspaper almost every day Sometimes the victims are famous people like former President Ronald Reagan or John Lennon from the Beatles Far more often the victim is an ordinary citizen like your brother your aunt or your next-door neighbor It could even happen at your own school like the Littleton Colorado incident where fourteen children and a teacher were shot to death Overholser One reality of gun-related violence is that it affects Americans of every kind the rich and poor the famous and ordinary and the young and old At its heart the handgun control debate is a question about the relationship between the citizen the states power to regulate and the maintenance of public order and it definitely needs to be enforced Those who oppose handgun control believe that they have a social and moral responsibility to see that their loved ones are protected Gun Control 5 Opponents of handgun control believe that registration of handguns just may be the first step in the eventual confiscation of handguns and eventually all guns They also argue that the government is not minding its own business and it is not letting people live their own lives Opponents argue that if the government wants to get involved it should promote training and safety programs similar to those run by the National Rifle Association NRA thus reducing accidents and firearms misuse They also argue that guns do not 2 kill people people kill people If murderers do not use guns they will just use knives or whatever they can get their hands on Gun Control 7-8 Opponents also argue that enough laws already exist and those laws have done absolutely nothing to reduce crime or violence Even though opponents to handgun control have strong views I believe advocates of handgun control have even
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