Monday, April 23, 2007

Annotation 5

Researchers think that half of America's households posses guns today. The ratio of handguns to all guns in the household is rising because of their small size. The asssumption is that these handguns are for self-defense. Guns are the leading cause of deaths for African American males between the agees of 14 to 25 years old. Advocates think that these self-defense laws will put fewer guns in the hands of criminals and more in the hands of law abiding citizens. Gun-control advocates also argue that by allowing citizens to own guns they are subjected to more violent actions. Some gun-control advocates argue that armed citizens do not decrease the number of firearms-related deaths. Self-defense advocates argue that America does not have a gun problem it has a problem with lethal violence.

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