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Mexico has some of the strictest guncontrol laws in the world and yet, in 2012, Mexico had 11,309 gunmurders (9.97 gun homicides per 100,000 people) compared to theU id Shh d 9 146hi id(2 97100 000
10/15/2017Gun Control - ProCon.org6/8shooting in Colorado Springs, CO; and a 2008 bar shooting inWinnemucca, NV. Jeffrey Voccola, Assistant Professor of Writingat Kutztown University, notes, "The average gun owner, no matter howresponsible, is not trained in law enforcement or on how to handlelife-threatening situations, so in most cases, if a threat occurs,increasing the number of guns only creates a more volatile anddangerous situation." Pro 13Countries with restrictive gun control laws have lower gunhomicide and suicide rates than the United States.BothSwitzerland and Finland require gun owners to acquire licenses andpass background checks that include mental and criminal records,among other restrictions and requirements. In 2007 Switzerlandranked number 3 in international gun ownership rates with 45.7 gunsper 100 people (about 3,400,000 guns total). In 2009 Switzerlandhad 24 gun homicides (0.31 deaths per 100,000 people) and 253 gunsuicides (3.29 deaths per 100,000 people). Finland ranked fourthin international gun ownership rates with 45.3 guns per 100 people(about 2,400,000 guns total). In 2007 Finland had 23 (0.43 deathsper 100,000 people) gun homicides and 172 gun suicides (4.19deaths per 100,000 people). The United States, categorized ashaving "permissive" ±rearm regulation by GunPolicy.org, ranked ±rstin international gun ownership rates with 88.8 guns per 100 people(about 270,000,000 guns total). In 2007 the United States had12,632 gun homicides (4.19 deaths per 100,000 people) and 17,352gun suicides (5.76 deaths per 100,000 people). Harvardprofessor David Hemenway, PhD, wrote "We analyzed the relationshipbetween homicide and gun availability using data from 26 developedcountries from the early 1990s. We found that across developedcountries, where guns are more available, there are more homicides."According to a Mar. 2016 study, gun homicide rates in the UnitedStates were 25.3 times higher and gun suicides were 8 times higherin 2010 than in other populous, high-income countries. Additionally,90% of women, 91% of 0- to 14-year olds, 92% of 15- to 24-year-olds,and 82% of all people killed by ±rearms were from the United States.Pro 14The Second Amendment was intended to protect the rightof militias to own guns, not the right of individuals.FormerJustice John Paul Stevens, JD, in his dissenting opinion for District ofColumbia et al. v. Heller, wrote, "the Framer's single-minded focus incrafting the constitutional guarantee 'to keep and bear arms' was onmilitary use of ±rearms, which they viewed in the context of service instate militias," hence the inclusion of the phrase "well regulatedmilitia." Michael Waldman, JD, President of the Brennan Center forJustice at the New York University School of Law, stated there isnothing about an individual right to bear arms in the notes about theSecond Amendment when it was being drafted, discussed, or rati±ed;the US Supreme Court declined to rule in favor of the individual rightfour times between 1876 and 1939; and all law articles on the