US Supreme Court majority opinion, Justice Antonin Scalia, LLB, wrote, "Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited…
nothing in our opinion should be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms." On June 9, 2016 the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 7-4 that "[t]he right of the general public to carry a concealed firearm in public is not, and never has been, protected by the Second Amendment," thus upholding a law requiring a permitting process and "good cause" for concealed carry licenses in California.
There are two factors determining the value of guns among people.
The first is how much one wants to control and have the upper hand during a controversial situation, and second is how likely is a confrontation requiring a gun is.
The United States has 120.5 guns per 100 people, or about 393,347,000 guns, which is the highest total and per capita number in the world.
22% of Americans own one or more guns (35% of men and 12% of women).
Dixon's argument is mostly supported by other countries and their results from stringent handgun laws.
In conclusion, Dixon states that the loss of handguns to law abiding citizens is minimal to the many harmful uses of handguns. Polsby is an effective article showing that a ban on handguns is not needed.
We put safety caps on medications to keep children from poisoning themselves…
[B]ecause children are naturally curious and impulsive, and because we have shown time and again that we cannot 'gun-proof' them with education, we have a responsibility to keep guns out of the hands of children." Gun rights activists regularly state that a 2002 mass shooting at the Appalachian School of Law in Virginia was stopped by armed students, but those students were current and former law enforcement officers and the killer was out of bullets when subdued.