Okay...Here is my problem. I understand the obvious desire to own a gun for self delfense and efense of loved ones.
..but statistics show that a gun is 2.5 times more likely to accidentally kill someone innocent, most often a family member than a be used for lawful
defense....33 times more likely to use that gun in an unlawful homicide than lawful etc..
One child is killed by a gun about every 3 hours in the USA.
Everyone says well that is "not me"...I am safe and smart with my guns..but then it happens to them.
* I get both sides of the issue....but would have much more respect for the right to bear arms crowd if they were more vocal about stricter saftey and
The NRA sucks. They should be front and center pushing for tighter restrictions on gun safety and careless and illegal gun sales. They should be
taking the position...we have the right to bear arms AND let's support any laws furthering gun safety as well as any laws keeping guns out of the
hands of criminals and children.
Instead the NRAs stance pushes back hard on any laws what-so-ever reducing the availability of guns or safety measures like requiring trigger
In the U.S. for 2001, there were 29,573 deaths from firearms, distributed as follows by mode of death:
Legal Intervention 323;
Undetermined 231.(CDC, 2004)
Children and Gun Violence
In a single year, 3,012 children and teens were killed by gunfire in the United States.
That is one child every three hours;
every year, at least 4 to 5 times as many kids and teens suffer from non-fatal firearm injuries.
America and Gun Violence
American children are more at risk from firearms than the children of any other industrialized nation.
In one year, firearms killed no children in Japan, 19 in Great Britain, 57 in Germany, 109 in France, 153 in Canada, and 5,285 in the United States.
(Centers for Disease Control)
Guns in the Wrong Hands
Faulty records enable terrorists, illegal aliens and criminals to purchase guns. Over a two and a half-year period, at least 9,976 convicted felons
and other illegal buyers in 46 states obtained guns because of inadequate records. (Broken Records, Americans for Gun Safety Foundation)