Monday, 21 January 2013

25 facts pro-gun advocates do not want you to know

1. To the enormous benefit of gun lobbyists and armaments manufacturers, and to the great detriment of the public interest, many basic facts about the proliferation of firearms, and its effects on American society, remain obscured or unavailable.

2. Most countries are not "disarmed"- in most of the E.U. you can still buy certain firearms with a license.

3. There have been at least 62 mass shootings in America in the last 30 years-and most of the killers got their guns legally.

4. Recent homicide rates suggest around 1 in 133 Americans will be a murder victim, the figure rises to 1 in 30 for black males.

5. Switzerland is no comparison to the United States, Switzerland is one of the richest countries in the world and their last war was almost 200 years ago. They do not have a conventional military so they need a militia; the US did not have a military when they wrote the Second Amendment and now they do not need a militia.

6. Yemen has more guns per capita than Switzerland, they are second in gun ownership only to the U.S., when they banned guns in their capital their crime figures dropped by 43%. 

7. The Mexican homicide rate is no comparison to the U.S.: the U.S. has 4x the GDP per capita, the majority of Mexicans live below the poverty line, a better comparison is a state with a similar economic situation, like much of Europe.

8. There has been less gang crime in the U.K. since the handgun ban, the murder rate is down to 1 per 100,000 population, and in the US it is around 5 per 100,000. So you are 5x more likely to be murdered in the U.S.

9. According to official statistics, since the U.K. banned handguns the crime rate has steadily dropped since 2002 and in 2011/12 the murder rate was the lowest in 30 years in England and Wales.

10. The Daily Mail - a sensationalist tabloid like the Sun - called the U.K. the crime capital of Europe in 2009, this is one of the most oft-cited sources by pro-gun advocates, but specific sources were not revealed by this study and it was sponsored by the Conservative Party who released a speech on crime the day it came out.

11. There are far lower rates of robberies, rapes and murders in the U.K. than the U.S., despite Americans being allowed to own machine guns to defend themselves. The U.K. has a far broader definition of "violent" crimes than the U.S, including purse-snatching and bicycle theft.

12. China has a gun ban and has thousands less murders per year than the United States, not bad considering they have over three times the population of the U.S.

13. Strict gun control laws have successfully reduced violent crime in cities like New York and Chicago.

14.  According to 2012 data, Houston, Texas, has twice the homicide rate of New York City.

15. Guns did not save the millions of dead in Iraq or Afghanistan from American tanks and bombers.

16. There have not been any dictators in Germany or Japan since the U.S. took their guns.

17. Smoking and drinking cause self-inflicted disease, but how often are people murdered by alcohol or tobacco? Never.

18. The number of deaths by cars has been reduced by strict regulation, licenses, registration and seat-belts.

19. Guns are not defensive tools, they are weapons only designed to harm and kill. Guns do not save lives: guns end lives.

20. Pro-gun advocates like to claim that guns stop 2.5 million crimes a year, this estimate comes from one study and is highly disputed as other studies estimates vary to as low as 50,000.

21. In the 18 years prior to Australia buying back and banning semi automatic rifles and pump-action shotguns in 1996, there were 13 gun massacres, and since then there have not been any. Firearm homicides dropped 59 per cent between 1995 and 2006 and there was no offsetting increase in non-firearm-related murders.

22. Thomas Jefferson said "Every constitution, and every law, naturally expires at the end of nineteen years. If it be enforced longer, it is an act of force, and not of right."

23. The Second Amendment was written by slave owners who used the fear of slave rebellion to pass it.

24. At the time of the Second Amendment the most powerful gun was a 1 shot musket.

25. Hitler did not ban guns, and Stalin did not ban guns. Ironically, Hitler actually relaxed gun laws in 1938.






















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