40 REASONS FOR GUN CONTROL 40 Reasons For Gun Control 1. Gun bans works, which is why NY, DC, & Chicago cops need guns. 2. Washington DC's low murder rate of 69 per 100,000 is due to strict gun control, and Indianapolis' high murder rate of 9 per 100,000 is due to the lack of gun control. 3. Statistics showing high murder rates justify gun control but statistics showing increasing murder rates after gun control are "just statistics." 4. The Brady Bill and the Assault Weapons Ban, both of which went into effect in 1994 are responsible for the decrease in violent crime rates, which have been declining since 1991. 5. We must get rid of guns because a deranged lunatic may go on a shooting spree at any time and anyone who would own a gun out of fear of such a lunatic is paranoid. 6. The more helpless you are the safer you are from criminals. 7. An intruder will be incapacitated by tear gas or oven spray, but if shot with a .357 Magnum will get angry and kill you. 8. A woman raped and strangled is morally superior to a woman with a smoking gun and a dead rapist at her feet. 9. When confronted by violent criminals, you should "put up no defense - give them what they want, or run" (Handgun Control Inc. Chairman Pete Shields, Guns Don't Die - People Do, 1981, p.125). 9A. Don't fight back; do everything the attacker tells you, and you won't get hurt, even though in a large percentage of assaults, a victim who complies is hurt anyway. This is just a silly statistic and doesn't apply to you. If are hurt or killed, though, the police will show up a half-hour later and take a report while standing over your dead body. You will never get to see your family again, but at least they will have a copy of the police report to make things ok again. 10. The New England Journal of Medicine is filled with expert advice about guns just like Guns & Ammo has excellent treatises on heart surgery. 11. One should consult auto engineers for safer cars, civil engineers for a better bridge, surgeons for internal medicine, computer programmers for hard drive problems, and Sarah Brady for firearms expertise. 12. The 2nd Amendment, ratified in 1787, refers to the National Guard, which was created 130 years later, in 1917. 13. The National Guard, federally funded, with bases on federal land, using federally-owned weapons, vehicles, buildings, and uniforms, punishing trespassers under federal law, is a "state" militia. 14. The "right of the people peaceably to assemble," "right of the people to be secure in their homes," "enumerations herein of certain rights shall not be construed to disparage others retained by the people," and "The powers not delegated herein are reserved to the states respectively, and to the people" all refer to individuals, but "the right of the people to keep and bear arms" refers to the state. 15. "The Constitution is strong and will never change," but we should ban and seize all guns thereby violating the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Amendments to that Constitution. 16. Rifles and handguns aren't necessary to national defense! Of course, the army has hundreds of thousands of them. 17. Private citizens shouldn't have handguns, because they aren't "military weapons", but private citizens shouldn't have "assault rifles", because they are military weapons. 18. Despite waiting periods, background checks, finger printing, government forms, etc., guns today are too readily available, which is responsible for recent school shootings. In the 1940's, 1950's and 1960's, anyone could buy guns at hardware stores, army surplus stores, gas stations, variety stores, Sears mail order, no waiting, no background check, no fingerprints, no government forms and there were no school shootings. 19. The NRA's attempt to run a "don't touch" campaign about kids handling guns is propaganda, but the anti-gun lobby's attempt to run a "don't touch" campaign is responsible social activity. 20. Guns are so complex that special training is necessary to use them properly, and so simple to use that they make murder easy. 21. A handgun, with up to 4 controls, is far too complex for the typical adult to learn to use, as opposed to an automobile that only has 20. 22. Women are just as intelligent and capable as men but a woman with a gun is "an accident waiting to happen" and gun makers' advertisements aimed at women are "preying on their fears." 23. Ordinary people in the presence of guns turn into slaughtering butchers but revert to normal when the weapon is removed. 24. Guns cause violence, which is why there are so many mass killings at gun shows. 25. A majority of the population supports gun control, just like a majority of the population supported owning slaves. 26. Any self-loading small arm can legitimately be considered to be a "weapon of mass destruction" or an "assault weapon." 27. Most people can't be trusted, so we should have laws against guns, which most people will abide by because they can be trusted. 28. The rights of Internet pornographers cannot be questioned because it is constitutionally protected by the Bill of Rights, but the use of handguns for self defense is not really protected by the Bill of Rights. 29. Free speech entitles one to own newspapers, transmitters, computers, and typewriters, but self-defense only justifies bare hands. 30. The ACLU is good because it defends certain parts of the Constitution, and the NRA is bad, because it defends other parts of the Constitution. 31. Charlton Heston, a movie actor as president of the NRA is a cheap lunatic who should be ignored, but Michael Douglas, a movie actor as a representative of Handgun Control, Inc. is an ambassador for peace who is entitled to an audience at the UN arms control summit. 32. Police operate with backup within groups, which is why they need larger capacity pistols than do "civilians" who must face criminals alone and therefore need less ammunition, and the fact that a private citizen is statistically more likely to be shot and killed during his life-time than a police officer, only adds to the reasoning that police need more bullets. 33. We should ban "Saturday Night Specials" and other inexpensive guns because it's not fair that poor people have access to guns too. 34. Police officers have some special Jedi-like mastery over guns that private citizens can never hope to obtain. Most police officers practice once or twice a year as required by their department, and most private non-law enforcement gun owners shoot regularly, some as often as several times a week, which explains why police officers have such an advantage over the "rest of us." Besides, have you ever seen a police officer at shooting match? The few that do show up are all bad-ass, Yoda-like, Zen masters with their hand gun, which explains why many of them come in down at the bottom of the list once the scores are tabulated. Also, the fact that most police officers have only a few hours time actually firing their handguns while in training and many of us "normal" people have much more than that, only adds to the reasoning that they must all be better than us. 35. Private citizens don't need a gun for self-protection because the police are there to protect them even though the Supreme Court says the police are not responsible for their protection. Besides, the police will be there in that dark alley or in your bedroom at 2 in the morning during that home invasion, to protect every private citizen, even though the typical city has hundreds of thousands of private citizens and only a few hundred policemen on duty at any time. Anyway, if they aren't, simply call 911, and 30 to 40 minutes later, the police will come to protect you. The fact that the typical assault takes less than 2 minutes is irrelevant, and just a statistic. 36. Citizens don't need to carry a gun for personal protection but police chiefs, who are desk-bound administrators who work in a building filled with cops carrying guns, need a gun. 37. "Assault weapons" have no purpose other than to kill large numbers of people. The police need assault weapons. You do not. 38. When Microsoft pressures its distributors to give Microsoft preferential promotion, that's bad; but when the Federal government pressures cities to buy guns only from Smith & Wesson, that's good. 39. Trigger locks don't interfere with the ability to use a gun for defensive purposes, which is why you see police with one on their duty weapon. Trigger locks are the best thing to come along since sliced bread, even though it's been proven many guns can fire with trigger locks attached. 40. Handgun Control, Inc. says they want to "keep guns out of the wrong hands." Guess what? You have the wrong hands.