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Re: Really? 11 Facts about guns in the U.S.

Posted by Jay_Original1 on December 24, 2013, at 13:48:02

In reply to Really? We can't do anything?, posted by sleepygirl2 on April 18, 2013, at 22:14:10

> Just a little regulation on guns.... Something
> But that might say that, ya know what?
> Guns can be really dangerous. That's right, they don't send just people to war, they send them with guns.
> I personally knew someone who bought a rifle at a gun show. He was delusional, thought he was being shot at.
> I mean you can't say no to assault weapons?? Well.... Wow
> But you can't even say yes to background checks??
> Leaving that aside.....
> It's really disturbing that almost all of those senators receive campaign contributions from the NRA. And so, with the general public, is this truly a debate??? Or just a distraction while lawmakers are bought and sold?

Well, I have a bit of a different perspective on Guns, and not just because I am Canadian. I honestly don't mean this in a smug way. But I think the entire question of violence in U.S. (and increasingly Canadian) society must be addressed. I am not talking about censorship or anything close. But, the use of aggression should not be tolerated so much. Kids are raised in a black and white world, with only a 'good' and a 'bad'. And violence is promoted with 'toy' guns, and military 'toys'. Very aggressive competition, with a 'winner' and a loser' is promoted in sports. I don't claim to have THE answer, but I think we should be looking in this direction. are 11 Facts about gun violence.. (from

In America, there are approximately 270 million firearms possessed by civilians, and only 897,000 carried by police.

Approximately 20 percent of gun owners own 65 percent of the guns.

The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms reports that about 5.5 million new firearms were manufactured in America in 2010. 95 percent of it was for the U.S. market.

Close to 33,000 Americans were victims of gun-related deaths in 2011.

In 2011, 10.3 in every 100,000 people in the U.S. were victims of gun-related deaths.

Buyers that purchase firearms through private sales in the U.S. don't have to pass a background check before obtaining possession of the weapon.

This includes sales to criminals, felons, and people with a history of severe mental illness.

In the first 11 months of 2012, the federal government performed 16.8 million background checks on legal gun purchases, which was a record high since the system was founded back in 1998.

The Brady Campaign to prevent gun violence reports that an average of 268 people are shot every day in America. That's 97,820 per year.

Trigger locks are used to make a firearm more difficult to discharge and act as a safety precaution in carrying and owning guns. However,
only 9 states in America (NY, NJ, CA, OH, MI, RI, MD, PA, MA) have trigger lock laws that enforce this precautionary measure.

Since 1950, every public mass shooting (with the exception of just one) in the U.S. has occurred in a place where civilians are banned from carrying firearms.
51 gun shows banned attendees from bringing loaded guns to events in January 2013, to promote a safe, recreational environment.

In January 2013, President Obama presented his comprehensive plan to prevent gun violence in the U.S. His plan includes:

improving the background check system
banning assault weapons and large capacity magazines of ammunition
creating and enforcing stricter trafficking laws
increasing our study and knowledge of the gun violence epidemic

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