On Saturday, a man shot and killed six people and wounded many others in Tucson, Arizona. According to federal law enforcement data, this horrific event triggered up to a 65% increase in handgun sales in Arizona, Ohio, New York, Illinois, and California, and a 5% increase nationwide.
Some attribute this drastic rise in handguns sales to a fear that the shooting in Arizona might result in stricter gun laws, causing people to amass them prior to any new restrictive legislation. Others think people are concerned for their personal safety and are purchasing handguns as a protective measure.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reported in 2000 that 78% of homicides in the U.S. are committed using firearms. The overall homicide rate per 100,000 people (regardless of weapon type) was 7.55. Conversely, in England and Wales, where handguns are almost completely banned for private ownership (with exceptions for starter pistols and those of historical value), the overall homicide rate per 100,000 people was 1.45, with only 8% committed using firearms.
If people do not own handguns, they cannot kill others with handguns. If no one is killing others with handguns, people do not need them for self-protection. If you need to fight, try using words. You might actually affect change and get your point across.