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Response to rrneck (Reply #6)

Thu Jul 11, 2013, 02:22 AM

7. I guess it's too much to expect you would actually read the editorial?

The rate of gun homicide by those owning or carrying guns is exponentially higher than those who don't. That point is obvious. No one without a gun shoots someone.


Myth #6: Carrying a gun for self-defense makes you safer.
Fact-check: In 2011, nearly 10 times more people were shot and killed in arguments than by civilians trying to stop a crime.
In one survey, nearly 1% of Americans reported using guns to defend themselves or their property. However, a closer look at their claims found that more than 50% involved using guns in an aggressive manner, such as escalating an argument.
A Philadelphia study found that the odds of an assault victim being shot were 4.5 times greater if he carried a gun. His odds of being killed were 4.2 times greater.

More evidence at: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/01/pro-gun-myths-fact-check

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