It's time to unemotionally look at the real facts around the impact of gun control
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Here's a very interesting read with real statistics:
Time to face facts on gun control
by Fareed Zakaria
Look at the map below. It shows the average number of firearms per 100 people. Most of the world is shaded light green those are the countries where there are between zero and 10 guns per 100 citizens. In dark brown, you have the countries with more than 70 guns per 100 people. The U.S. is the only country in that category. In fact, the last global Small Arms Survey showed there are 88 guns for every 100 Americans. Yemen is second at 54. Serbia and Iraq are among the other countries in the top 10.
We have 5 percent of the world's population and 50 percent of the guns.
But the sheer number of guns isnt an isolated statistic. The data shows we compare badly on fatalities, too. The U.S has three gun homicides per 100,000 people. Thats four times as many as Switzerland, ten times as many as India, 20 times as many as Australia and England.
Whatever you think of gun rights and gun control, the numbers dont flatter America.
I saw an interesting graph in The Atlantic magazine recently. A spectrum shows the number of gun-related deaths by state. Now if you add one more piece of data gun control restrictions you see that the states with at least one firearm law (such as an assault weapons ban or trigger locks) tend to be the states with fewer gun-related deaths.
Good clip. Saw it yesterday on GPS. Gun control sure works in Japan where their constitutional default is that nobody can have guns, (then they apparently make a few exceptions where needed).
Also of note, Piers Morgan had Michael Moore on last night for an hour to talk about the gun issue.
since 1992? We have dropped our murder rate to 1950s levels and they are still dropping - and you consider this a failure?
All we can say is that more guns did not cause more gun violence.
> All we can say is that more guns did not cause more gun violence.
Still a lie, no matter how much you repeat it.
instead of your unsupported "logic" we can talk.
Here are the FBI crime stats - feel free to make your case:
Is there a way to shoot someone without pulling a trigger?
and that there are fewer shootings and fewer gun deaths. Those numbers are continuing to decline.
Basic, undisputed facts. Care to discuss them?
It is where such threads belong
Now I am not an anti gun guy but your argument would do a heck of a lot better if you used homicides per 100,000 then linked a high murder rate to the high number of guns. But when you need to cherry pick statistics like "gun homicides per 100,000" to anyone who notices it sounds something like this
Sam has 4 red cats
Katie has 4 blue cats
katie is 1,000,000x more likely to have a blue cat run away than Sam is.
but that left the building a while ago. I think it left with Elvis.
So urban areas with tougher firearm laws have fewer gun-related deaths than rural areas without such laws?
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You can once again enforce the prohibition against gun threads in GD.
I think it is clear that members' interest in discussing Guns has died down, and we are now focusing on other issues. (Thanks, Mitt!) So you can once again start enforcing the prohibition against gun threads in GD.
Of course, if you do want to lock any threads about guns, you should probably discuss it in here before you do.
FWIW, my personal opinion is that some narrowly-targeted discussion of the tragedy in Colorado might still be on-topic for GD. But we no longer need to provide an open environment in GD for all gun discussion.