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Handguns exact an inordinate toll on American lives isnt it time that we ban handguns In 1989 guns killed 11832 Americans Dolan Edward page 203 There are an estimated sixty-five million firearms in the United States which means there are sixty-five million people carrying a firearm page 203 In 1997 the most recent year available there were eighty-nine firearm deaths per day about a death every sixteen minutespage 203 In every sixteen minutes one of your family members a loved or even yourself can be injured or killed in a firearm related incident What do we really need handguns for Some believe it is a sense of safety or protection The world should not have to be viewed this way Having a gun in your house can injure anyone in the household Many think that a hiding place will keep the firearm out of harm but think again Any child is intelligent enough to find away to get into any hiding place In homes with guns a member of the household is almost three times as likely to be the victim of a homicide compared to gun free homes VPC page 2 Living with guilt or sadness all your life is not worth a firearm Polls over the past twenty years have consistently shown that one out of three Americans support a ban on handgun possession page 3 This poll shows how we the people of America really care about safety and the lives of others No gun control law has ever been overturned by the United States Supreme Court on Second Amendment grounds Such laws include federal bans on machine guns and semiautomatic assault weapons as well as local community bans on the sale and possession of handguns page 3 If such laws were set in place the death rate of the United States would definitely take a drastic drop The National Rifle Association NRA members believe that it is
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