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English-per 2 3March 2000 GUN CONTROL Gun control is an issue that has been debated by Americans since the 1960s Dolan 1 The debate questions the right of Americans to bear arms this including handguns shotguns and rifles Some say a simple restriction of these arms is in order while some think they should be banned altogether Dolan 1 Both sides hold strong opinions often causing conflict in the matter and confusion among the citizens of the United States However the opponents do agree that a death rate of 30 million a year due to the powerful and deadly weapon is too high only they have different views on how to lower this rate These arms proven by statistics provide the result of 30 million murders suicides and accidental deaths each year Dolan 1 The number of firearms is estimated to be over 150 million and outnumber all of ours cars trucks and busses by more than 25 million Dolan 7 A large percentage of these firearms are held by half of the nations families that for the most part use them for the lawful protection of their homes and will most likely never be used Dolan 7 And the millions more are kept by responsible sportsmen for hunting trapshooting and target shooting this was a reply from Dolan to an English visitor to America who was astonished by the figures of firearms 7 Id say that the United States is an armed camp said the English visitor Dolan 7 In despondence to Dolans defending the millions of guns owned by citizens for protection or sport the Englishman said One hundred and fifty million guns It doesnt matter what theyre used for I theyre loaded someones bound to get hurtDolan 7-8 America has one of the highest death rates due to guns however gun deaths are on the rise in other countries such as Great Britain France Germany and
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