posted on Apr, 15 2003 @ 09:51 PM
Did I just step in BS? Posted by Mokou-Royou
I can only agree with this statement.
The people who legally buy firearms are law abiding, responsibly shooters. Those who willfully break the law are *NOT* getting thier firearms through
As far as the oppressive anti-gun regime of Illinois, I would highly recommend that you move to another, much more realistically minded state.
About 3,000 criminals are lawfully killed each year by armed civilians - about three times the number killed by police.
Another 9,000 to 17,000 criminals are wounded by civilians each year.
Women faced with assault are 2.5 times less likely to suffer serious injury if they respond with a firearm than if they defend themselves with less
effective weapons or offer no resistance.
According to the Department of Justice, only one-fifth of the victims who defended themselves with firearms suffered injury, compared to almost half
of those who defended themselves with weapons other than firearms or who had no weapon.
Even using the statistics most favorable to proponents of lawsuits against the gun industry, the benefits to society of defensive gun use are greater
than the costs of firearm crimes by at least $90.7 million and perhaps as much as $3.5 billion per year.
Using more reasonable estimates, the benefits of defensive gun use exceed the costs of firearm crimes by as much as $38.9 billion - an amount equal to
about $400 per year for every household in America.
Concealed carry laws reduce murder by 8.5 percent, rape by 5 percent and severe assault by 7 percent.
Had liberalized concealed carry laws prevailed throughout the country in any given year, there would have been 1,600 fewer murders, 4,200 fewer rapes
and 60,000 fewer severe assaults.
What more is there to say? The truth speaks.