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samsingh

(17,512 posts)
Mon Jul 30, 2012, 10:23 AM Jul 2012

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

This discussion thread was locked as off-topic by SunsetDreams (a host of the General Discussion forum).


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 – 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 isn’t an isolated statistic. The data shows we compare badly on fatalities, too. The U.S has three gun homicides per 100,000 people. That’s 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 don’t 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 – gun control restrictions – 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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It's time to unemotionally look at the real facts around the impact of gun control (Original Post) samsingh Jul 2012 OP
One would think this would be obvious to most people. HopeHoops Jul 2012 #1
K/R moondust Jul 2012 #2
So what about the facts that show a 50% decline in murder and manslaughter deaths due to firearms hack89 Jul 2012 #3
And do you think that's because we have so many guns? N/T mcranor Jul 2012 #6
No. The causes of violent crime are complex hack89 Jul 2012 #7
LOL bongbong Jul 2012 #9
As soon as you can present some actual evidence to the contrary hack89 Jul 2012 #15
LOL UnrepentantLiberal Jul 2012 #12
The fact remains that our murder rate has decline to 1950 levels hack89 Jul 2012 #14
Why did you not post this in the RKBA forums? ProgressiveProfessor Jul 2012 #4
Why not homicides per 100,000? clffrdjk Jul 2012 #5
It is also a matter of common sense nadinbrzezinski Jul 2012 #8
Host lock in 3.....2......1..... aikoaiko Jul 2012 #10
Interesting kctim Jul 2012 #11
Yep. UnrepentantLiberal Jul 2012 #13
IBTL and LOL @ "...getting automatic weapons has become easier." slackmaster Jul 2012 #16
Locking SunsetDreams Jul 2012 #17
 

HopeHoops

(47,675 posts)
1. One would think this would be obvious to most people.
Mon Jul 30, 2012, 10:39 AM
Jul 2012

moondust

(19,832 posts)
2. K/R
Mon Jul 30, 2012, 10:39 AM
Jul 2012

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.

hack89

(39,171 posts)
3. So what about the facts that show a 50% decline in murder and manslaughter deaths due to firearms
Mon Jul 30, 2012, 10:42 AM
Jul 2012

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

 

mcranor

(92 posts)
6. And do you think that's because we have so many guns? N/T
Mon Jul 30, 2012, 11:01 AM
Jul 2012

hack89

(39,171 posts)
7. No. The causes of violent crime are complex
Mon Jul 30, 2012, 11:03 AM
Jul 2012

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

 

bongbong

(5,436 posts)
9. LOL
Mon Jul 30, 2012, 11:10 AM
Jul 2012

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

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

hack89

(39,171 posts)
15. As soon as you can present some actual evidence to the contrary
Mon Jul 30, 2012, 11:40 AM
Jul 2012

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

 

UnrepentantLiberal

(11,700 posts)
12. LOL
Mon Jul 30, 2012, 11:27 AM
Jul 2012

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

hack89

(39,171 posts)
14. The fact remains that our murder rate has decline to 1950 levels
Mon Jul 30, 2012, 11:39 AM
Jul 2012

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

Basic, undisputed facts. Care to discuss them?

ProgressiveProfessor

(22,144 posts)
4. Why did you not post this in the RKBA forums?
Mon Jul 30, 2012, 10:45 AM
Jul 2012

It is where such threads belong

 

clffrdjk

(905 posts)
5. Why not homicides per 100,000?
Mon Jul 30, 2012, 11:01 AM
Jul 2012

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.

 

nadinbrzezinski

(154,021 posts)
8. It is also a matter of common sense
Mon Jul 30, 2012, 11:05 AM
Jul 2012

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

aikoaiko

(34,074 posts)
10. Host lock in 3.....2......1.....
Mon Jul 30, 2012, 11:12 AM
Jul 2012
 

kctim

(3,575 posts)
11. Interesting
Mon Jul 30, 2012, 11:18 AM
Jul 2012

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

 

UnrepentantLiberal

(11,700 posts)
13. Yep.
Mon Jul 30, 2012, 11:36 AM
Jul 2012
 

slackmaster

(60,567 posts)
16. IBTL and LOL @ "...getting automatic weapons has become easier."
Mon Jul 30, 2012, 11:42 AM
Jul 2012

SunsetDreams

(8,571 posts)
17. Locking
Mon Jul 30, 2012, 11:48 AM
Jul 2012

Locking

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