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Subject: Gun control and abortion control Date: 7/10/2013 10:39 AM
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These two have some things in common.

Shortly after the recent school tragedy and the discussion of increased gun control, many people bought guns. What I found surprising was the fact that, at least in my state and I assume many others, people that previously never owned a gun, applied for such. Applications for handgun permits in Indiana are up 30% this year.

There has been more than one post here recently about how abortions are going to occur, even if they are made illegal - that the more you restrict access, the more difficult you make it for a person to have one, the greater the potential for unintended consequences to occur, such as unsafe abortions. While I agree with limits on abortions as it pertains to how long one may legally wait, I also agree that if we make such illegal, we will simply push such proceedures into the shadows without necessarily protecting more unborn babies.

So this brings be back to gun control. 30% more people in Indiana this year decided to apply for a handgun permit. We don't how many of those people actually bought a handgun but let's assume half did. What is the possibility that those new owners are inexperienced with such and that they may have a higher incident rate to cause harm to themselves or others? The fear of someone making the ownership of such illegal has pushed more to obtain such. If ownership was actually made illegal, it is fair to assume that there would be unintended consequences not unlike what would happen if abortion were made illegal.

Some here are likely dismissing this comparison. That is fine. We need only to look at the criminalization of pot to see how making something illegal can lead to unintended consequences without necessarily reducing the rate of usage or occurance.

Somthing to think about as your argue to ban behavior, regardless of which side you are on.
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