Actually the facts: it’s the opposite. Having lived most of my life until recently in Washington D.C., I can honestly say that the handgun ban was a good thing. It didn’t keep guns off the streets but made them harder to get and thus, reduced their prevalence. Which was a factor in reducing what had once been the murder capital of the nation.

The U.S.’s loose gun laws make us a leader among developed nations in homicides. It’s a bigger hurdle leap to get a driver’s license than it is to get a gun license in most of the U.S. even though both motor vehicle and firearm use can be dangerous to the public. I’m saddened by today’s ruling which will take the nation in the wrong direction. Get more facts here:

According to information gathered from federal agencies by Newsweek, deaths from gun wounds have been declining in recent years. Is this decline in deaths caused by enforcement of the “Brady Bill,” allowing fewer dangerous people to have guns? Is it from having more people in prisons? In truth, we do not know yet why deaths from guns are declining.

A couple of things do seem certain, however. The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution was not adopted to provide a right to have a gun for personal use, according to the U.S. Supreme Court; rather, the Second Amendment was adopted for national defense. (Gun rights currently stem from state laws.)

The NRA position that restricting access to guns causes more crime (because then only criminals will have guns), is not supported by evidence at a national level. In countries where guns are greatly restricted, such as Great Britain or Japan, deaths from guns are very rare, especially compared to the United States. In fact, the USA is a world leader in the rate of homicides from guns.

Although a Gallop Poll shows that a majority of Americans have a favorable opinion of the NRA, the majority’s positions on gun control do not match the NRA’s positions. We want guns to be made safer, such as having child-proof trigger locks. We want our government to take reasonable steps to keep dangerous persons away from guns.

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