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Gun ownership[ edit ] The Congressional Research Service in estimated there were million firearms in the U. Of these, million were handguns, million were rifles, and 86 million were shotguns.
Gallup polling has consistently shown two-thirds opposition to bans on handgun possession. There are significant disparities in the results across polls by different organizations, calling into question their reliability.
These owners possessed approximately million firearms, of which an estimated 65 million were handguns. Cook and Jens Ludwigwhich also used the percent of suicides committed with a gun as a proxy, found that gun prevalence increased homicide rates. Defensive gun use The effectiveness and safety of guns used for personal defense is debated.
Studies place the instances of guns used in personal defense as low as 65, times per year, and as high as 2. Under President Clinton, the Department of Justice conducted a survey in that placed the usage rate of guns used in personal defense at 1.
Graph illustrates how the U. The same study found a strong association between estimated gun ownership rates and overall suicide rates, but only in men. Many suicides are impulsive, and the urge to die fades away. Firearms are a swift and lethal method of suicide with a high case-fatality rate. The FBI further breaks down gun homicides by weapon type.
Handguns have been consistently responsible for the majority of fatalities. Youths and Hispanic and African American males in the U. An experiment by Berkowitz and LePage in examined this "weapons effect.
However, the demonstration of such reactions in experimental settings does not entail that this would be true in reality.
Comparison to other countries[ edit ] Comparison of gun-related homicide rates to non-gun-related homicide rates in high-income OECD countries,countries in graph ordered by total homicides.
Graph illustrates how U. Mexico, Turkey, Estonia are ranked ahead of the U. By comparison Australiawhich imposed sweeping gun control laws in response to the Port Arthur massacre inhas a firearm death rate of 0.At the center of the gun control debate, few things are as hotly disputed in the United States as the Constitution's Second Amendment.
History of the Second Amendment. Gun ownership. The Congressional Research Service in estimated there were million firearms in the U.S., not including weapons owned by the military. Of these, million were handguns, million were rifles, and 86 million were shotguns. In that same year, the Census bureau stated the population of people in the U.S.
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Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly; Standing Armies and Armed Citizens: An Historical Analysis of The Second Amendment, by Roy G. Weatherup. Not two-thirds but three-quarters of the states.
38 states out of 50, not (When the result is a fraction, you go to the next higher number. On the other hand, states probably cannot retract their ratification, and the process can go on for over years (case in point – teh 27th amendment.
The Second Amendment (Amendment II) to the United States Constitution protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms and was adopted on December 15, as part of the Bill of Rights.