Gun Control Research Paper - Brian Ham Ms T.L Ware English...

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Brian Ham Ms. T.L. Ware English 1302 19 March 2008 Gunshots: A Sound of Death or A Sound Of Freedom? As you are lifting your first bite of rotisserie chicken to your mouth, the window explodes into shards and the roar of the rusty truck flying through it prompts you and your parents to drop to the floor and take cover behind your now toppled table. The truck comes to a rest right in the middle of the dining area and a tall man steps out and calmly pulls his gun and kills the women crying on the ground begging for her life. He casually moves to the next person and another gunshot marks the death of another innocent diner. Before you realize what is happening, your father attempts to jump the gunner but is shot directly in the chest. He collapses to the floor and your mother runs to his aid. With your father’s head nestled in your mother’s lap, the gunman moves forward, places the gun to your mother’s head and pulls the trigger. This was the experience of Suzzana Gratia in a Luby’s Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas (Cartwright). 23 diners were killed that day (Cartwright). The question is how this could have been prevented. Some will say it could have been prevented by tightening gun control and taking guns off the streets. In 1997 there were a total of 15,690 homicides (Violence). 8,503 (54.4 percent) of these were with handguns (Violence). Among these, only 193 were classified as justifiable homicides by civilians (Violence). The argument that handguns are needed for self defense is ruled out by the pure rarity of this occasion. Also, between 1990 and 1997 there were about 147,000 suicides with a firearm (Violence). About 90,000 of these were
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committed with a handgun (Violence). While it’s obvious that handguns do not make
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