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stop it. They would like to see criminals disarmed, and they want the random violence to stop. I agreewith their sentiments. However, they are going about it in the wrong way. While claiming that they want to take guns out of thehands of criminals, they work to pass legislation that would take the guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens instead. For thisreason the efforts at gun control do not address the real problem of crime. The simple definition of a criminal is someone who does not obey the law. The simple definition of a law-abiding citizen issomeone who does obey the law. Therefore, if we pass laws restricting ownership of firearms, which category of people does itaffect? The simple answer is that gun control laws affect law-abiding citizens only. By their very

nature, the criminals willcontinue to violate these new laws, they will continue to carry their firearms, and they will find their efforts at crime much easier when they know that their victims will be unarmed. The situation is similar to that of the disarmed blacks a century ago. Innocentpeople are turned into victims when new laws make it impossible for them to fight back. An unarmed man stands little chanceagainst an armed one. An interesting recent development has been the backlash against the gun-control advocates. In many states, including Florida andTexas, citizens have stated that they want to preserve their right to carry firearms for self-defense. Since the late 1980s, Floridahas been issuing concealed weapons permits to law-abiding citizens, and these citizens have

been carrying their firearms to defendthemselves from rampant crime. The result is that the incidence of violent crime has actually dropped in contrast to the nationalaverage. Previously, Florida had been leading the nation in this category, and the citizens of that state have welcomed the change.Gun control advocates tried to claim that there would be bloodshed in the streets when these citizens were given the right to carry.They tried to claim that the cities of Florida would become like Dodge City with shootouts on every street corner. These guncontrol advocates were wrong. Over 200,000 concealed carry permits have been issued so far, with only 36 of these permitsrevoked for improper use of a firearm. This statistic is easy to understand. It is the law-abiding citizens who are

going through theprocess of getting concealed carry permits so that they may legally carry a firearm. The people who go through this legal processdo not want to break the law, and they do not intend to break the law. The people who do intend to break the law will carry theirguns whether or not the law allows them to do so. Criminals will always find ways to get guns. In this country we have criminalized the use, possession, sale, and transportation ofmany kinds of narcotics, but it’s still easy for someone to take a ride and purchase the drugs of their choice at street cornervendors. Firearms and ammunition would be just as easy for these black-market entrepreneurs to deliver to their customers.Today, criminals often carry illegal weapons, including sawed-off shotguns, machine

guns, and homemade zip-guns, clearlyshowing their disregard for the current laws which make these items illegal. And when they are caught, the courts regularlydismiss these lesser weapons charges when prosecuting for the more serious charges that are being committed with the weapons. The gun control advocates have argued their case by demonizing the gun itself, rather than addressing the people who commitviolent crimes. This is the main fallacy in their argument. They slyly attempt to claim that possession of a gun turns averagecitizens into bloodthirsty lunatics. This theory falls apart under close scrutiny. If legal possession of a firearm caused this sort ofattitude, then why are crime rates highest in areas such as Washington, D.C. and New York City which have strict gun

controllaws? And why are crime rates dropping in states such as Florida where private ownership of firearms is encouraged? Simplystated, legal ownership of a gun does not cause crime. The most recent efforts of the gun control lobby has been to claim that certain types of guns and ammunition are inherently evil.They assign emotional catch phrases such as “assault weapons” and “cop killer bullets” to broad categories of firearms andammunition in the hopes that people will believe that some guns have an evil nature. Most people who are unfamiliar with firearmsdo not fully understand what these phrases mean, and they accept the terms being used without question. What people do notoften understand is that the term “assault weapon” has been defined to include all semi-