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AA handgun is a very poor defensive weaponA 1983 study determines that a gun is too dangerous a weapon to be kept around the house for self-protection A gun kept for protection is six times more likely to kill someone you know rather than an attacker BMaybe gun control wont keep guns out of the hands of criminals but it will prevent crimes of passionThe handgun has become the weapon most often used in crime and the weapon most responsible for murders in the United States Seventy percent of people killed by handguns are shot by relatives or acquaintances There is only one way to stop senseless crimes of passion -- and thats to remove the handgun from reachCStrict gun control laws complimented by police action have proven to reduce gun related crimes and decrease the number of guns sold in the United StatesThe first year that the Brady Bill was in effect 44000 handgun applications were denied When gun seizures by police increased sixty-five percent in crime hot spots gun crime decreased forty-nine percentAA handgun is a very poor defensive weaponThe 1973 study mentioned above was simply a comparison of the number of intruders killed by homeowners with the number of family members killed via a handgun It did not take into account the number of criminals captured wounded or driven off by armed homeowners With adequate training a handgun can be employed quite effective for self-defenseBMaybe gun control wont keep guns out of the hands of criminals but it will prevent crimes of passionIt is assumed that the average citizen will obey gun laws The police estimate that there are 2-3 million illegal handguns in New York City alone and the vast majority of those guns are not in the hands of criminals Two- thirds of those arrested for interfamilial homicides have prior arrest records for violent felonies In ninety percent of family killings the police have been called to the home at
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