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40,000 Deaths Preventable - Positions

Jul. 11th, 2006 10:35 pm 40,000 Deaths Preventable

Resolved: that the 2nd Amendment should not be interpreted to grant the right of private citizens to possess handguns.

Guns don't kill people, people kill people. You've heard that thousands of times, perhaps you think it's true. But does that justify the 1,500 children accidentally shot each year, the million violent crimes with guns committed each year, and the 40,000 deaths per year? Whats more is these deaths are preventable.

+Children are often unintentionally harmed by the possession of guns in the home.
An average of 8 American children are killed by firearms every day.(CDC National Center for Health Statistics mortality report online, 2005.) Additionally, about 2/3 of teen suicides are committed using guns. 72% of unintentional firearm deaths in children and teens were carried out by guns found in their home, or their friend or relative's. 48% percent of gun owning households do not even regularly check that the guns are equipped with child safety trigger-locking devices. The United States has the highest rates of childhood homicide, suicide, and firearms-related death among all of the industrialized countries.

*America pays a great economic price for gun violence.
Taxpayers pay 80% of the price for firearm related violence. It costs the nation $100 billion dollars a year. One gun gun crime on average totals up to almost 2 million dollars.**

+School shootings are becoming an increasing disaster in our nation.
On average, 88 children per week nationwide are caught and expelled for bringing a gun in school. 59% of students in grades six through twelve know where to get a gun if they want one, and two thirds of these students say they can acquire a firearm within 24 hours.* 32% of parents fear for their child's physical safety at school. This must come to an end.

+Guns are rarely used for self-defense.
A gun in the home is 43 times more likely to be used to kill a family member or friend than to kill an intruder.

+The second ammendment only grants the right to bear arms for a well-regulated militia.
"A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed," not every day citizens. In the case of the United States v. Miller the Supreme Court rules that guns not used for a militia-type purpose were not protected by the Second Amendment. When the Constitution was first written Congress favored using the civilian population (adult males) as the State Militia for national defense rather than trained soldiers. This obviously is not the case today. We must take guns out of the hands of ordinary people, of children, of murderers.

In 2001, firearms were used to murder 6 people in New Zealand, 56 in Japan, 96 in Great Britain, 168 in Canada, 331 in Germany. Firearms were used to murder 11,348 in the United States.** Of these American deaths only 68 were justifiable.

A gun in the home triples the chance of homicide and increases the chance of suicide fivefold.**

In short, guns must remain in the hands of a well-trained militia just as the constitution states. Gun deaths are preventable; it's time to protect our nation.

*http://www.ichv.org/kidsandguns.htm
**http://www.bradycampaign.org/facts/factsheets/pdf/firearm_facts.pdf

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