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Originally posted by Neo Christian Mystic
reply to post by Stormwind
It should also be laws forcing people who have guns to have them in a locked safes with the bolt in another locked place. And people should rather learn defensive marshal arts if they are so paranoid that they feel a need to own guns for protection. That's a few ideas, and I guess it won't be popular among most people on this board.
Fact: Half of all murders are committed by people on “conditional release” (i.e., parole
or probation).142 81% of all homicide defendants had an arrest record; 67% had a felony
arrest record; 70% had a conviction record; and 54% had a felony conviction.143
142,Probation and Parole Violators in State Prison, 1991: Survey of State Prison Inmates, Robyn Cohen,
U.S. Dept. of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, 1995.
143 Felony Defendants in Large Urban Counties, 1998, Brian Reaves, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of
Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, November 2001
Originally posted by Neo Christian Mystic
reply to post by Obinhi
You go ahead carrying arms. You are much more likely to be killed if anyone confronts you, since you pose a serious threat to the person attacking you. How about some comon sense?
In 2005, agencies reported 1,400 arrests of persons denied a firearm or permit; but
the U.S. Department of Justice accepted only 135 of those denial cases for prosecution.99
Given the poor performance of the Federal government in prosecuting felons identified
by an instant background check trying to buy firearms, there is little to support firearm
licensing as a crime prevention measure.
99 Background Checks for Firearm Transfers 2005, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs,
Fact: During the Clinton administration, federal prosecutions of gun-related crimes
dropped more than 44 percent.335
335 Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University covering 1992 through
Originally posted by Stormwind
reply to post by SeventhSeal
Obviously your not paying any attention to the facts and figures presented here. You can let someone enter your home and threaten your family and possibly kill them with a clear conscience but I cant. The research here is given to you without having to do it yourself, why dont you do some yourself to see for yourself that they are accurate.
Originally posted by SeventhSeal
However, the gun crisis in America is out of control. Citizens should've Never had such easy access to weapons of mass destruction but of course, they use the Second Amendment as an excuse for guns in their homes.
Fact: Though the number of firearms owned by private citizens has been increasing steadily since1970, the overall rate of homicides and suicides has not risen.132
Targeting Guns: Firearms and Their Control, Gary Kleck, Aldine de Gruyter, 1997. (With supporting
data from the FBI Uniform Crime Statistics, 1972 to 1995.)
Ironically, firearm use in crimes has doubled in the decade after the U.K. banned handguns.140
140 Weapons sell for just £50 as suspects and victims grow ever younger, The Times, August 24, 2007
Fatal gun accidents for children ages 0-14 declined by almost 83% from 1981 to 2002 264 – all while the number of handguns per capita increased over 41%.265
264 264 National Center for Health Statistics
265 BATF estimates on handguns in circulation, BATF, Firearms Commerce in the United States 2001/2002
International evidence and comparisons have long been offered as proof of the mantra that more guns mean more deaths and that fewer guns, therefore, mean fewer deaths.1 Unfortunately, such discussions are all too often been afflicted by misconceptions and factual error and focus on comparisons that are unrepresentative. It may be useful to begin with a few examples. There is a compound assertion that (a) guns are uniquely available in the United States compared with other modern developed nations, which is why (b) the United States has by far the highest murder rate. Though these assertions have been endlessly repeated, statement (b) is, in fact, false and statement (a) is substantially so.
Yet, manifest success in keeping its people disarmed did not prevent the Soviet Union from having far and away the highest murder rate in the developed world.6 In the 1960s and early 1970s, the gun‐less Soviet Union’s murder rates paralleled or generally exceeded those of gun‐ridden America. While American rates stabilized and then steeply declined, however, Russian murder increased so drastically that by the early 1990s the Russian rate was three times higher than that of the United States. Between 1998‐2004 (the latest figure available for Russia), Russian murder rates were nearly four times higher than American rates.
WOULD BANNING FIREARMS REDUCE MURDER AND SUICIDE? A REVIEW OF INTERNATIONAL AND SOME DOMESTIC EVIDENCE DON B. KATES* AND GARY MAUSER**
The same pattern appears when comparisons of violence to gun ownership are made within nations. Indeed, “data on firearms ownership by constabulary area in England,” like data from the United States, show “a negative correlation,”10 that is, “where firearms are most dense violent crime rates are lowest, and where guns are least dense violent crime rates are highest.”