Bill Ward is Pro-2nd Amendment and believes that the right to self-protection and defense of liberty should be granted to all those eligible including everyone of legal age, and those who are not violent criminals or adjudicated mental incompetents.
Statistics are valuable tools, since they are able to summarize an argument in a few numbers, and are able to present a good picture of the problem when used honestly. Here are some statistics that spell out major parts of the gun-rights battle.
There are over 250 million privately owned firearms in the United States according to FBI estimates.
There are an estimated 65 million handguns in private circulation in the United States. (FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, 9/1997)
The fastest growing group of gun owners is women, according to Gary Kleck in Targeting Guns.
Firearms are used defensively roughly 2.5 million times per year, more than four times as many as criminal uses. This amounts to 2,575 lives protected for every life lost to a gun (Targeting Guns).
The accidental firearm death rate is at its lowest point since records were started nearly 100 years ago according to Injury Facts 2000 from the national Safety Council.
Motor-vehicle accidents, drowning, suffocation, and fires each kill more children under the age of fifteen than do firearms.
Less than one handgun in 6,500 is ever used in a homicide.
Gun Ownership Support Groups
Second Amendment Foundation 12500 NE Tenth Place Bellevue, WA 98005 (425) 454-7012 https://www.saf.org
Citizen’s Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms 12500 NE Tenth Place Bellevue, WA 98005 (425) 454-4911 http://www.ccrkba.org