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Thu Jan 31, 2013, 09:38 AM

10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down -- Mother Jones

http://m.motherjones.com/politics/2013/01/pro-gun-myths-fact-check



Myth #2: Guns don't kill people—people kill people.
Fact-check: People with more guns tend to kill more people—with guns. The states with the highest gun ownership rates have a gun murder rate 114% higher than those with the lowest gun ownership rates. Also, gun death rates tend to be higher in states with higher rates of gun ownership.


Sources: Pediatrics, Centers for Disease Control

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Myth #5: Keeping a gun at home makes you safer.
Fact-check: Owning a gun has been linked to higher risk of homicide, suicide, and accidental death by gun.
• For every time a gun is used in self-defense in the home, there are 7 assaults or murders, 11 suicide attempts, and 4 accidents involving guns in or around a home.
• 43% of homes with guns and kids have at least one unlocked firearm.
• In one experiment, one third of 8-to-12-year-old boys who found a handgun pulled the trigger.

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Myth #9: More and more Americans are becoming gun owners.
Fact-check: More guns are being sold, but they're owned by a shrinking portion of the population.
• About 50% of Americans said they had a gun in their homes in 1973. Today, about 45% say they do. Overall, 35% of Americans personally own a gun.
• Around 80% of gun owners are men. On average they own 7.9 guns each.

Myth #10: We don't need more gun laws—we just need to enforce the ones we have.
Fact-check: Weak laws and loopholes backed by the gun lobby make it easier to get guns illegally.
• Around 40% of all legal gun sales involve private sellers and don't require background checks. 40% of prison inmates who used guns in their crimes got them this way.
• An investigation found 62% of online gun sellers were willing to sell to buyers who said they couldn't pass a background check.
• 20% of licensed California gun dealers agreed to sell handguns to researchers posing as illegal "straw" buyers.
• The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives has not had a permanent director for 6 years, due to an NRA-backed requirement that the Senate approve nominees.

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Thu Jan 31, 2013, 09:56 AM

1. I wonder

if/when the gun aficionados will flood your OP with derisive rebuttals.

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Thu Jan 31, 2013, 02:17 PM

2. knr

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Thu Jan 31, 2013, 02:21 PM

3. K & R. n/t

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Thu Jan 31, 2013, 03:22 PM

4. The biggest one is "Hitler took the guns," where the opposite is actually true. He loosened existing


gun controls that were put in place by the Weimar Republic as a condition of the Treaty of Versailles.

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