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Mon Jul 30, 2012, 11:23 AM

It's time to unemotionally look at the real facts around the impact of gun control

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Here's a very interesting read with real statistics:

Time to face facts on gun control
by Fareed Zakaria


Look at the map below. It shows the average number of firearms per 100 people. Most of the world is shaded light green Ė those are the countries where there are between zero and 10 guns per 100 citizens. In dark brown, you have the countries with more than 70 guns per 100 people. The U.S. is the only country in that category. In fact, the last global Small Arms Survey showed there are 88 guns for every 100 Americans. Yemen is second at 54. Serbia and Iraq are among the other countries in the top 10.

We have 5 percent of the world's population and 50 percent of the guns.

But the sheer number of guns isnít an isolated statistic. The data shows we compare badly on fatalities, too. The U.S has three gun homicides per 100,000 people. Thatís four times as many as Switzerland, ten times as many as India, 20 times as many as Australia and England.

Whatever you think of gun rights and gun control, the numbers donít flatter America.

I saw an interesting graph in The Atlantic magazine recently. A spectrum shows the number of gun-related deaths by state. Now if you add one more piece of data Ė gun control restrictions Ė you see that the states with at least one firearm law (such as an assault weapons ban or trigger locks) tend to be the states with fewer gun-related deaths.

link:
http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2012/07/27/time-to-face-facts-on-gun-control/

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Reply It's time to unemotionally look at the real facts around the impact of gun control (Original post)
samsingh Jul 2012 OP
HopeHoops Jul 2012 #1
moondust Jul 2012 #2
hack89 Jul 2012 #3
mcranor Jul 2012 #6
hack89 Jul 2012 #7
bongbong Jul 2012 #9
hack89 Jul 2012 #15
UnrepentantLiberal Jul 2012 #12
hack89 Jul 2012 #14
ProgressiveProfessor Jul 2012 #4
clffrdjk Jul 2012 #5
nadinbrzezinski Jul 2012 #8
aikoaiko Jul 2012 #10
kctim Jul 2012 #11
UnrepentantLiberal Jul 2012 #13
slackmaster Jul 2012 #16
SunsetDreams Jul 2012 #17

Response to samsingh (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 11:39 AM

1. One would think this would be obvious to most people.

 

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Response to samsingh (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 11:39 AM

2. K/R

Good clip. Saw it yesterday on GPS. Gun control sure works in Japan where their constitutional default is that nobody can have guns, (then they apparently make a few exceptions where needed).

Also of note, Piers Morgan had Michael Moore on last night for an hour to talk about the gun issue.

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Response to samsingh (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 11:42 AM

3. So what about the facts that show a 50% decline in murder and manslaughter deaths due to firearms

since 1992? We have dropped our murder rate to 1950s levels and they are still dropping - and you consider this a failure?

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Response to hack89 (Reply #3)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 12:01 PM

6. And do you think that's because we have so many guns? N/T

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Response to mcranor (Reply #6)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 12:03 PM

7. No. The causes of violent crime are complex

All we can say is that more guns did not cause more gun violence.

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Response to hack89 (Reply #7)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 12:10 PM

9. LOL

 

> All we can say is that more guns did not cause more gun violence.

Still a lie, no matter how much you repeat it.

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Response to bongbong (Reply #9)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 12:40 PM

15. As soon as you can present some actual evidence to the contrary

instead of your unsupported "logic" we can talk.

Here are the FBI crime stats - feel free to make your case:

http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/ucr

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Response to hack89 (Reply #7)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 12:27 PM

12. LOL

 

Is there a way to shoot someone without pulling a trigger?

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Reply #12)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 12:39 PM

14. The fact remains that our murder rate has decline to 1950 levels

and that there are fewer shootings and fewer gun deaths. Those numbers are continuing to decline.

Basic, undisputed facts. Care to discuss them?

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Response to samsingh (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 11:45 AM

4. Why did you not post this in the RKBA forums?

It is where such threads belong

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Response to samsingh (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 12:01 PM

5. Why not homicides per 100,000?

Now I am not an anti gun guy but your argument would do a heck of a lot better if you used homicides per 100,000 then linked a high murder rate to the high number of guns. But when you need to cherry pick statistics like "gun homicides per 100,000" to anyone who notices it sounds something like this

Sam has 4 red cats
Katie has 4 blue cats
katie is 1,000,000x more likely to have a blue cat run away than Sam is.

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Response to samsingh (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 12:05 PM

8. It is also a matter of common sense

but that left the building a while ago. I think it left with Elvis.

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Response to samsingh (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 12:12 PM

10. Host lock in 3.....2......1.....

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Response to samsingh (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 12:18 PM

11. Interesting

 

So urban areas with tougher firearm laws have fewer gun-related deaths than rural areas without such laws?

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Response to kctim (Reply #11)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 12:36 PM

13. Yep.

 

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Response to samsingh (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 12:42 PM

16. IBTL and LOL @ "...getting automatic weapons has become easier."

 

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Response to samsingh (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 12:48 PM

17. Locking

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I think it is clear that members' interest in discussing Guns has died down, and we are now focusing on other issues. (Thanks, Mitt!) So you can once again start enforcing the prohibition against gun threads in GD.

Of course, if you do want to lock any threads about guns, you should probably discuss it in here before you do.

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