I wrote a paper for a class and once we were done we had to post some of our work into the community. Here are a couple paragraphs from my Draft. One of the main arguments for a gun ban is “We have police, we do not need guns.” However after looking through “Gun Facts Version 5.1” I came across disturbing information. According to the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Justice Department in 1999 there was only one on-duty cop for every 1,813 citizens. To say that the police can protect us 100% of the time is just absurd and plain ignorant. This fact is further substantiated by this sad but true statement “Former Florida Attorney General Jim Smith told Florida legislators that police responded to only 200,000 of 700,000 calls for help to Dade County authorities.” (Gun Facts Version 5.1. Page 44.) I do not think I can say it better myself. The premise of police being able to protect all the citizens is flawed. Citizens need to have the ability to protect themselves when the police are too busy to answer our cries for help. Placing a ban on guns will limit our chances of getting a gun and it will place citizens in vulnerable situations; it will not only have zero affect on crime rates, but it will also put citizens in danger. There is no quick fix that will solve our gun related problems. Placing bans/restrictions will not work, because criminals will still find ways to get guns. I think the only way to reduce gun related violence is to make sure criminals are thoroughly punished for their crimes. I stated before that the majority of people who commit crimes with guns are already criminals with extensive arrest records and over 90% of gun homicides are gang related. These people cannot legally purchase guns but they have them and they get them illegal means. Placing bans on weapons will not hinder criminals it will only hinder law abiding citizens. Programs directed at preventing youth gun violence has had success, and I think that increasing the success of these programs can reduce accidental firearm deaths as well as youth gun violence. There is no one single answer to significantly reduce our gun related crime rate, however we can reduce it over time; not by placing restrictions on guns, but by increasing the punishment for criminals who commit violent acts and by informing our youth about the dangers of firearms.