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A woman in Texas is in the middle of a massacre Dining with her parents a man comesin and begins a murderous rampage While lying on the floor she reaches for a gun inher purse but it isnt there While people are dying her gun is lying in the trunk of hercar because of Texas law against concealed carry Twenty two people were murderedthat day including Suzanna Gratias parents Because of this law Suzanna was helplessto save her parents and twenty others Because Texas legislature says that allowingcitizens to carry concealed weapons is an endangerment to public safety Swasey 174The homicide rate in Florida was 117 per 100000 until a concealed carry lawwas passed in 1987 It was down 20 by 1991 94 homicides per 100000 Thiscontrasting the national average with a 14 increase within the same time slot showingthat concealed weapons posses no threat to society Swasey 175 But does carrying agun really keep us safer In Suzannas case possibly yes But does this one isolatedinstance where a handgun could have saved lives outweigh the number of times that livesare taken 20000-22000 people die each year from handguns But most of these deaths arenot committed by criminals they are committed by us One child dies each day fromhandgun wounds The NRA refers to hand gun suicides accidental killings and murdersby acquaintances as the price of freedom The NRA has also admitted that there is noadequate measure that more lives are saved by arms in good hands than are lost by armsin evil handsSugarmann187 Surprisingly more than half of these 20000-22000 deaths are suicides Fewerthan ten percent of handgun deaths are felony-related Death by handgun is the secondleading cause of death due to injury car accidents are number one Sugarmann 186Stephen PTeret co director of the Johns Hopkins Injury Prevention Center saysAs public health professionals if we are faced with a disease that is carried by sometype of vehiclevector like a mosquito our initial response
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