For every time in 1997 that a civilian used a handgun to kill in self-defense, 43 people lost their lives in handgun homicides alone.
source: VPC - Handgun Ban Fact Sheet
There were 52,447 deliberate and 23,237 accidental non-fatal gunshot injuries in the United States during 2000. The majority of gun-related deaths in the United States are suicides, with 17,352 (55.6%) of the total 31,224 firearm-related deaths in 2007 due to suicide, while 12,632 (40.5%) were homicide deaths. In 2005, 75% of the 10,100 homicides committed using firearms in the United States were committed using handguns, compared to 4% with rifles, 5% with shotguns, and the rest with a type of firearm not specified. Robberies committed with guns are three times as likely to result in fatalities compared with robberies where other weapons were used.
source: Gun violence in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
That's obvious. The majority that do not carry would most certainly not like to have someone pull a handgun on them, just ask them.Where is your source that the majority who are peaceful and do not wish to carry are having their rights infringed by handgun rights advocates.
Yeah, they're pro 2nd amendment as am I, not necessarily pro handgun. Though a majority polled in this country would probably support handgun ownership because as I have stated earlier, they exist and nobody wants someone else to have exclusive control over their rights. I also said "let the courts decide".The most available source to this post is the starting poll, where 90% are pro second amendment and 10% anti. The forum seems to have a reasonable mix of participants from all sides.