Before writing this
article on this topic, I searched the web for material. I found
but a handfull of sites devoted to restricting the ownership and
use of firearms, but near all sites promoting firearm use , and
many anti-gun and firearm legislation sites. One statistic from
1996 says that 63% of Americans support legislation that would
restrict the use and ownership of handguns. Also in 1996, 8 out
of 10 firearm murders were committed with handguns. Also this
Crime November 1995
RANDOM MURDERS, YOUNGER MURDERERS President Clinton celebrates
the fact that the number of murders in the United States declined
7 percent from 1993 to 1994, but the fact remains that 23,730
people lost their lives in 1994..
When aprox. 70% of
murders are committed with firearms; that means 1,922 of them
were by rifles or shotguns. Sorry NRA, but that is just way to
high to ignore.
It is true , guns don't
kill; people do; but that is just a sweet sounding pass the buck
idiom used only by people who think 'Me First, My rights before
others safety'. And yes it is true that almost every legal gun
and rifle owner is 'responsible' in the use and storage of his or
her firearm, there still needs be a means to keep firearms out of
the hands of the 'unresponsible'. How can this be done without infringing on
the 'rights' of Joe American?
To me personally the
answer is morally and ethically clear. I will gladly give up the
privilege of gun ownership to spare the life of just one other
person. But then it is true ; I have no attraction to firearms.
Two considerations do stand out. First is that the
majority of handguns used in crime were originally purchased legally.
Second is that the majority of rifles and shotguns used in acts of rage
or passion, were stored safely and properly.
The gun controll laws at present and the way they
are being administered, are not controlling this problem. As to the handgun issue,
where the majority of reasons for ownership is personal safety, a workable solution escapes me.
As to rifles and shotguns; could they not be stored at a local gunclub, under signout regulations.
They would still be available for sport use, but unavailable to children, and out of immediate reach to
those in a temporary distraught state. Could possibly save 500 plus lives per year.
Smith & Wesson Agreement Violates Trust for Selfish Ends The decision by foreign-owned handgun manufacturer, Smith & Wesson, to forge an agreement with the most anti-gun administration in our nation's history has violated a trust with their consumers and with the entire domestic firearms industry, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the world's largest firearms trade organization For more than a year, the nation's major firearms manufacturers, including Smith & Wesson, have been in intense confidential discussions among themselves and with numerous government officials regarding the issues raised by lawsuits against the firearms industry. "Smith & Wesson has taken a list of suggestions and initiatives that have been discussed in confidential industry talks and run off and cut their own deal with the Clinton Administration and a list of anti-gun government officials," commented Robert Delfay, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Click here for full press release.
SMITH & WESSON DEAL UPSTAGES OVERALL INDUSTRY EFFORTS --More Than 20 Already Provide Locking Devices-- The St. Patrick's Day pact between Smith & Wesson and the Clinton Administration has allowed the rebel firearms manufacturer to capture the spotlight for safety initiatives that many other handgun makers volunteered years ago, while jeopardizing a comprehensive series of new industry safety and crime prevention initiatives. According to the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute, more than 20 other major handgun and long-gun manufacturers already include free locking devices with their firearms. Most, according to the industry group, have been doing so for several years and at least one, Sturm, Ruger & Co., has been providing locking devices with its firearms for more than a decade. Go to full press release.
Founded in 1983,
the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence is the legal action, research and education
affiliate of Handgun Control. The Center
builds bridges to law enforcement, educators, legal scholars, public health officials and
health care providers, uniting diverse experts in a search for solutions to the gun
Legal Action Project has made
sure gun violence victims have their day in court. LAPs attorneys provide free legal
representation for victims in lawsuits against reckless gun manufacturers, dealers and
owners. The LAP now represents more than twenty cities and counties who are suing
the gun industry to force them to make and distribute their products more responsibly, and
is widely acknowledged as the most powerful legal adversary of the American gun industry.