Handguns aren't used for sport. They are used to kill.
Actually, handguns are used for sport and they are used for killing. Just like any other tool, the uses of a handgun are only limited by ones imagination. I'd wager that most handguns are used to collect dust. The next most popular use is recreational shooting. I'll even go so far as to say "killing" is the least common use of a handgun in America. Even if every gun death were assigned to one handgun, it wouldn't be close to the number of handguns that are only used to put holes in paper.
So, I am protected from secondhand smoke, which may cause life-threatening illnesses, but I'm still not protected from second-hand gunfire, which most certainly threatens my life.
You are just as protected from second-hand gunfire as you are from any other violent crime.
I'm not naïve enough to think banning handguns would be easy or would stop all gun violence. But we have to start somewhere.
I know guns still will be used to harm, to kill, to commit crimes. I'm not idealistic enough to think they'll disappear overnight. But, in time, fewer guns will be out there. And that's a good thing.
Except, no. The criminal element of the US already has an appetite for guns. You ban handguns, they'll start using rifles. You ban rifles, they'll use shotguns. You ban shotguns, they'll seek guns through other avenues. The drug cartels in Mexico would be more than obliged to send some north with their regular drug shipments. And of course, more enterprising criminals could simply manufacture their own guns.
I also don't buy the argument that if more of us were armed, we'd be able to take down the shooter. Usually, the shooter is on a suicide mission anyway. Plus, the gunman has the element of surprise.
The element of surprise only works once. And it will only works if the first person he shoots is the other person with the gun. I'd rather turn on the news and hear, "Shooter kills 5 before being killed by an armed citizen." than "Shooter kills 32 before killing himself."
Of those who support the concealed-carry laws , of those who are members of the NRA and of those who talk about their rights, I ask, what about my right to be safe?
I can ask you the same question. You feel that less handguns will make you safe. Some people feel that carrying a gun makes them safe. So what about their right to be safe? Do your rights magically trump theirs?