Gun Control

The United States of America is the most heavily armed population in the world. There are 200 Million
guns and 60 to 65 Million legal owners who have one or more guns. In the United States, more than half of
the households have guns. In 1974, nearly two million guns were produced in the United States, and four
hundred thousand guns were imported. In 1975, the House Judiciary Committee Report Number 94-1103
stated that there were about three hundred thousand actual or potential handgun deaths annually! Those
figures are increasing rapidly, if we do not do anything to stop it, it will became a disaster in the future.
(Wright front flap, Dolan 75)
The definition of a gun is "a device that discharges a shot, shells, or bullets from a straight tube by a spark-
producing mechanism that ignites the gunpowder." This illustration shows a modern hunting rifle and
highlights its main components. As a bullet is fired from a rifle, grooves in the interior of the barrel cause it
to spin. The spinning motion stabilizes the bullet, most of the guns use this technique to increase their
distance and accuracy. Although there are several different kind of guns, they all work in the same way.(
Gun, Encarta \'95)

Many people think that the second amendment gives the United States Citizen the right to bear arm.
However, according to the Supreme Court decision on October 3, 1983, the possession of handguns by
individuals is not part of the "right to keep and bear arms." The Second Amendment only applies to the
states\' right to keep militaries. (Long 78)

Some people believe that guns do not kill people, only people do. Yet handguns are used 2.5 times more
often than any other murder weapon. We require driver licenses for vehicles and drivers, so it is necessary
to require licensing for the more dangerous weapons-guns. Mr. Charles Orasin, the vice president of the
National Council to Control Handguns said that the gun control laws are only anti-crime laws, they do not
regulate the citizens from using firearms for legal purposes. (Dolan 76, 100)
The most dangerous kind of firearm is a cheaply made handgun, who also called "Saturday Night Special."
They are dangerous because they are easy to get and most of the crimes are committed by them. They are
short in the barrel, low in caliber, and made of inferior materials, they only cost a few dollars, so anyone
who wanted to cause troubles can afford to buy one. (Dolan 53-54)



Guns are not only useless, but also are dangerous to kept at home. Guns are not very useful for self
protection since 90 percent of all break-ins are committed when tenants are away. The guns they keep for
self-protection are usually stolen. However, a gun kept for protection is six times more likely to kill
someone you know rather than an attacker. Seventy percent of the people killed by handguns are shot by
relatives or friends. A lot of people died in the Vietnam War, but there were more people killed by guns in
the United States at the same period of time. There were fifty-eight thousand soldiers, marines, sailors and
airmen killed in Vietnam, but three hundred thousand people were killed in the United States by guns!
(Dolan 53-54)
According to the Crime in the United States FBI Report 1975, handguns are used for 51 percent of the
murder cases in America. John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King and John Lennon of
Beatles were all killed by guns. The gun that was used to kill John F. Kennedy cost only $12.78. Still, the
number of guns keeps increasing and increasing, every thirteen seconds, a handgun is sold in the United
States. Nonetheless, whenever United States cities have enacted and enforced tough gun control laws, their
murder rates drop. Some of the examples are Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Toledo, Ohio. It is a truth that
any foreign nation like England, Japan, Albania, Cyprus, Greece and Ireland, that have strict controls over
gun have lower murder rates than the United States. (Dolan 1, 12, 95)
To keep the people in this nation away from the fear of misuse of guns, the first federal laws were passed in
the early 1900s and dealt with both