posted on Jul, 24 2012 @ 09:54 AM
reply to post by longlostbrother
Could you provide some sources? I have done that with my claims.
According to the 1994 survey National Survey on Private Ownership and Use of Firearms, 35% of Americans owned guns. So, that is a bit more than a
quarter of Americans. A gallup poll from 2005 showed that 47% of men and 13% of women reported owning a gun. Their findings in their "Gun Ownership
and Use in America" article from 2005 shows that 30% of Americans own a gun. That is still more than a quarter of Americans. That actually puts the
number of gun owning Americans at over 90 million.
What you are ignoring is that the vast majority of people being shot each year are actually criminals being shot by other criminals. As I stated
before only about one precent of defensive gun uses result in any one being shot. (National Crime Victimization Survey, 2000, Bureau of Justice
) That means the number of people shot defensively would be about 8,908. (The actual rate was 0.9%)
According to studies done by the cities of Charlotte and Milwaukee, 71% of gun shot victims
had a previous arrest record, 64% had been
convicted of a crime and on average they had 11 previous arrests. (Richard Lumb, Paul Friday, City of Charlotte Gunshot Study, Department of
Criminal Justice, 1994 Homicides and Non-Fatal Shootings: A Report on the First 6 Months Of 2009, Milwaukee Homicide Review Commission, July 13,
According to a study in San Francisco, 63% of victims have criminal histories and 73% of the time they know their assailant (twice as often as victims
without criminal histories). (Firearm-related Injury Incidents in 1999 – Annual Report, San Francisco Department of Public Health and San
Francisco Injury Center, February 2002
The majority of people getting shot are criminals either in the act of committing a crime or being shot by the criminals thy associate with. They are
not being shot by your average gun owner.
According to the above mentioned Gallup poll 40% of Americans report living in a home where a gun is owned. So, that is a little more than 120 million
Americans with ready access to guns.
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