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___1. The Second Amendment to the Constitution only guarantees the right to own guns to
protect the United States of America. At the time it was written, the government expected the
soldiers to provide their own guns for battle.
___2. Guns owned for target practice or hunting are not dangerous to humans.
___4. Handguns are the most popular tools for suicide.
___5. Criminals mainly purchase guns in retail stores and pawnshops.
___6. Since states that prohibit or severely restrict the right to carry handguns have higher crime
rates, gun laws must be ineffective.
___7i. Civilians need to be able to purchase assault weapons.
___8. Since there is a lot of crime in our society, we should all own guns.
___9. The FBI's report, Crime in the United States, estimated that almost two thirds of the
15,517 murders committed in 2000 were committed with firearms.
___10. Thirty-two states now have right-to-carry handgun laws.
___11. According to the National Crime Victimization Survey, in 2000, 533,470 victims of
violent crimes (rape and sexual assault, robbery and aggravated assault) stated that they faced an
offender with a firearm.
___12. Some say that since the majority of accidental deaths involve motor vehicles, drowning,
falls, fires, etc., accidental firearm wounds are insignificant.