Gun Ban Saves Lives!
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The paper refers to studies that suggest that handguns actually cause more problems, deaths, and accidents than they solve and contends, therefore, that the Supreme Court made the wrong decision when it overturned the Washington D.C. gun ban. The paper believes that a handgun ban is necessary for the safety and well-being of ordinary citizens, in particular children, those suffering from suicidal tendencies, and those who accidentally misuse guns. The paper also asserts that a gun ban would end the illegal handgun market.
From the Paper:"On June 26, in a monumental 5-4 decision, the US Supreme court overturned the Washington DC gun ban, citing that the "right to bear arms" phrase of the second amendment applies to more than just militia (Davies 2008). The decision came just one day after five died from gun wounds in Kentucky after a mentally disturbed man opened fire at his place of employment, eventually killing himself as well as the others (Davies 2008), and just after a recent study by the CDC stated that 55% of gun deaths can be considered suicides (MSNBC 2008). Although opposition to the banning of handguns suggests that the practice is unconstitutional in regards to the second amendment, proponents to the bans suggest that guns were only intended for the use stated in the amendment--a militia."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Braga, Anthony et al. (2002). The Illegal Supply of Firearms. Crime and Justice. 29, 319-352.
- Davies, Anne. (2008). Cities targeted as DC gun ban ends. Retrieved July 1, 2008, from http://www.theage.com.au/world/cities-targeted-as-dc-gun-ban-ends-20080627-2y4a.html.
- MSNBC. (2008). Surprising Fact: Half of Gun Deaths are Suicides. Retrieved July 1, 2008, from http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25463844/.
- Wintemute, Garen J. (2002). Where the Guns Come From: The Gun Industry and Gun Commerce. The Future of Children 12 (2), 55-71.
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