The United States of America has a population of roughly 320 million people. It is estimated that more than that number of private firearms are owned by those people.

Referring to the FBI National Homicide Statistic, Page 8, available online, in 2017, there were 15129 homicides, up from 12,253 in 2013. That is 0.17% of the population. Of that number, the total using firearms is 10,982. Handguns were used in 7,032 of these, because they are easier to conceal and transport. Rifles were used in only 403, shotguns in 264, other guns in 187, and type of firearm not stated 3,096. The rest were committed by various other means, knives, blunt objects, personal weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc), poison, explosives, fire, narcotics, drowning, strangulation, asphyxiation, or other weapons not stated.

Does it really make sense to ban over 99.8% of the honest citizens of America from the right to defend themselves for the crimes of the other 0.17%?

The Constitution of the United States of America states that the God-given right of the citizen to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. That is the same document that every elected member of our government swears an oath to defend against all enemies, foreign and domestic!

Franklin Doty

Enid

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