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You are not the same person carrying a firearm as you are without one. A device that can extinguish a life with the flick of a finger places inordinate power in the hands of an individual. That power – whether exercised or simply imagined – can be addictive...Those of us who advocate for stronger gun control measures must understand that we are dealing not just with an obsession, but an addiction. And addictions are notoriously hard to break. Meanwhile, the death toll keeps rising.
And the murder figures themselves are astounding for Brits used to around 550 murders per year. In 2011 - the latest year for which detailed statistics are available - there were 12,664 murders in the US. Of those, 8,583 were caused by firearms.
The figures are not complete
• If you look at the firearms murder rate per 100,000 people, District of Columbia comes out top - with 12 firearms murders per 100,000 men, women and children in the state. There were 77 firearms murders in DC in 2010, down 22% on 2009
This thread is going to wind up a lot of really "special" people
originally posted by: projectbane
originally posted by: StallionDuck
originally posted by: Subaeruginosa
originally posted by: 3NL1GHT3N3D1
a reply to: seagull
I'd definitely rather be shot than stabbed. Instant death or slow bleeding out? I'll take the former.
Point is, none of these mass shootings would have had such a high number of dead victims, if the shooter had a knife, instead of a gun.
Just ask that army vet who coped 7 bullets, after charging the shooter in this most recent mass shooting, just ask him if he wishes the shooter had a knife instead of a semi-automatic firearm... I guarantee you he would have been able to put a stop to it right there, if it was a knife, rather than a gun.
Ever hear of the 21 foot rule? It goes something like this.
Distance... < 21 feet
= You dead...
Ever heard of that you all have guns and love them because its drilled into your culture.....
The rest of the civilized world NO guns accessed anywhere as easily and culture not moronic...
US gun culture bred from young....Massive amount of morons with guns KILLING KIDS.....
Could it be that you are in fact in league with the terrorists yourself and trying to trick people into disarming so the terrorists can take over with your help?