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People with handguns kill People

Updated on April 23, 2012

The Rights of the idiotic

Passing down the legacy.
Passing down the legacy.

Handguns Kill

The Los Angeles Times has a story about a guy named Bruce Pardo. Pardo had an interesting Christmas Eve. He dressed up as Santa, rang the door bell at his ex-wife's home and shot nine people and himself with five 9-millimeter handguns. The first person he shot was a nine-year-old girl who was running to greet Santa. He shot her in the face.

Pardo had planned well, according to the article. He had five 9-millimeter handguns and had taped $17,000 in cashed plastic-wrapped to his body. He also had an air pump filled with octane fuel. He also had an airline ticket in his shoe. He spent months amassing a small arsenal. The thing about this guy was that he was charming and likable to the outside world, but a terror to his family.

This guy went to the same store over a period of five months and bought five handguns worth a $1000 dollars each. He had to wait 30 days after each purchase according to California law.

Now I am from Texas, and as such was raised around guns. I can handle all types of guns really well. I am not against people having guns, but I am amazed at the fascination with handguns. Handguns are meant for one thing and that is killing or harming humans.

Since this is true, I despise the National Rifle Associations desire to have them. I, recently, did a comparison of gun deaths in Canada and the United States. I chose Canada because Canadians have guns but not nearly as many deaths. Canadians hunt, target shoot, and go shooting on ranges also, but they do it with rifles and shot guns. It almost takes an act of Congress for a Canadian to get a handgun. Why, because handguns are used to kill people. Hence, here is the numerical comparison:

  • In 2006, 30,896 people in the United States died from firearm-related deaths – 12,791 were murdered; 16,883 killed themselves; 642 were accidents; 360 died by police intervention, and in 220, the intent was unknown. 6 In comparison, 33,651 Americans were killed in the Korean War and 58,193 Americans were killed in the Vietnam War.7

  • An additional 69,863 people were shot and survived their injuries -- 48,676 people injured in an attack; 4,291 people injured in a suicide attempt; 15,698 people shot accidentally, and 1,198 people shot in a police intervention.8

  • In 2004, firearms were used to murder 56 people in Australia, 184 people in Canada, 73 people in England and Wales, 5 people in New Zealand, and 37 people in Sweden.9 In comparison, firearms were used to murder 11,344 in the United States.10

  • In 2007, there were 198 justifiable homicides by private citizens using firearms in the United States.11

Why do Canadians have less murders by guns than we do? It is because Canada really restricts who gets handguns. Guns kill, and those who hold on to these archaic ideas that you need a gun to protect yourself are delusional. Stop making excuses for failed policies. Owning a gun is not a right, it is a privilege and we need to start looking at it as such.


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      4 years ago

      I would say you need to blame the person holding the gun as it is nothing more than an inanimate object.

      Guns don't kill people, habueld. People do.

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      5 years ago from New York

      Mr. D,

      Yes, culture! American's are fast-reacting, slow-consequence-thinking, defensive people. Act first, think later. When in doubt, take him out!

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      Mr. D 

      5 years ago

      Well. I have to say that there needs to be a reasoned debate around weapons in general, no matter where you are from. But, as a Canadian, I think this article is very misleading. First, acquiring a handgun in Canada is actually not difficult at all. If you haven't an acquisition or posession licence, then the time from completing the course work, applying for a licence, receiving it and then purchasing a handgun, then waiting to receive IT takes about 2.5 to 3 months. The procedure is designed to be slow on purpose. But, ultimately, handguns are not difficult to acquire provide you jump through the hoops. Secondly, at an average range in Canada, almost everyone will have three types of weapons; a handgun, a shotgun and a rifle. On this point as well, there is misleading information. We have tactical rifles available for purchase. Most are of the restricted class which presents regulations for their storage, handling, transportation and usage, but they are still available. You want an AR-15, no problem. The reality is that there are lots of guns in Canada, but low levels of gun violence. Some would attribute this to regulation but studies here haven't been able to definitevly correlate those phenomenon. An undeniable reality, however, is that criminals use guns, especially handguns, in Canada with great regularity. It seems that no matter what legislation exists, criminals will find the weapons they wish to acquire. It's arguable this is a different issue from the public safety issues around handgun ownership in a the general population, but ultimately, therre is no panacea. Our population in Canada is about 35 million. The most recent statistics indicate the existence of about 8 million firearms (all types) in this country. That's a lot of guns!!! Why then are there different gun violence levels? I really think it comes down to the type of 'gun culture' a nation has. Our gun culture is kind of like the rest of the nation; reserved, somewhat resepectful, and generally dignified (with an ocassional gross exception, of course).

    • Cantuhearmescream profile image


      5 years ago from New York

      Thank you!!!! Yes, exactly, I couldn't agree more. Okay gun control debatable, but GUN DEATHS in AMERICA as opposed to gun deaths in every other country is appalling. If anyone hasn't seen it, I urge you to watch: Michael Moore - Bowling For Columbine (2002)- Movie-U.S. Government CREATES MASS MURDERERS!

      It's about a decade old, eye-opening, and Moore only scratched the surface of what was to come in the next ten years following. Where will we be ten years from now?

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      8 years ago

      I can take my pistol and place it on the table and it won't hurt a soul. It won't get up a shoot someone. It won't spin around and fire at a person who just happens to walk into the room. It won't do anything until a PERSON picks it up and pulls the trigger. Why? Because it's an inanimate object without a brain.

      The facts in your hub are sad but lets place the blame where they belong - on the people that were disturbed enough to commit these crimes. Guns don't kill people. People kill people.

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      9 years ago from Selma, NC

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      9 years ago from Chicago

      Nice blog....cute young lady!

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      9 years ago from memphis tn

      haueld you stated the facts well. I have some of the same facts on my hub check them out /one thing after the age of 16 the death rate goes up and most of these deaths are commetted during a crime./ good hub

      comp3820 I would rather feel a gun put to my head then hear the ignorance that you just wrote. The ignorance that you put down in words is more likely to distory this great country then any war. Your ignorance is a casual effect to the fact that the United States has more gun related deaths than any other industrial country. As a citizen of this great country I cannot accept this fact. I am not for banning guns but for regulating them. Remember with any right comes responsibilities. As Americans we tend to act childish and forget the responsiilites that come along with our rights.

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      Bruce Bean 

      9 years ago from Riverside, CA

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      9 years ago from Michigan

      "If guns were outlawed, only outlaws would have guns." You've probably heard it before, but its true. The second amendment is there for a reason, and if one of those party members had had a gun themself, someone's life could have been saved, whereas if gun's where illegal, that man still would have gotten his guns.

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      Charles Dobbs 

      9 years ago

      Guns don't kill people. People kill people. And it better to have a gun and not need it than to need it and not have a it. Here is a 20/20 video clip be informed.


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