Gun Control vs. Gun Violence In The USA
Comments: Considering the amount of debate there is on gun control do any states with lenient gun control laws have less violent crimes involving guns?
Gun sales surge after Aurora massacre
Firearms sales in the United States are surging in the wake of the Colorado movie theatre massacre as buyers express fears that anti-gun politicians may use the shootings to seek new restrictions on owning weapons. Ref. Source 8
President Barack Obama said today that Vice President Joe Biden will lead an administration effort to develop recommendations no later than January for preventing another tragedy like last week's school shooting in Connecticut that left 20 young children and six adults dead.
The president said the vast majority of gun owners in America are responsible, but the more than 10,000 Americans killed every year by guns was "Violence we cannot accept as routine." "We won't prevent them all, but that can't be an excuse" not to try, the president added. Ref. CNN
52% of Americans favor major restrictions on guns or making all guns illegal, according to a CNN/ORC poll. The poll was taken December 17-18, just days after a gunman killed 27 people, including 20 children, in Newtown, Connecticut. 53% of people polled also say they believe attacks will continue regardless of any action taken. Ref. CNN
Gun Control But Not On Assault Weapons
A majority of Americans support stricter gun laws in the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, but most oppose banning assault weapons, a move that is backed by President Obama as a step to curb gun violence, according to a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll.
Makes no sense, either they want control on weapons or they don't. Most gun owners will tell you its not guns that kill people its people that kill people. How people get access to assault weapons is what needs to be controlled and even then in the Sandy shooting inncident it was the boy take his mother's guns and not him going out and buying it, so how do you control that?
International Level: Activist / Political Participation: 29 2.9%
What Researchers Learned About Gun Violence Before Congress Killed Funding:
What the research showed was not only did having a firearm in your home not protect you, but it hugely increased the risk that someone in your family would die from a firearm homicide. It increased the risk almost 300 percent, almost three times as high. Ref. Source 4
Gun deaths down 49% since 1993: Pew
US Gun Related News
One would think this good news about gun homicides would be spread far and wide and that the American people would realize that the increase in gun ownership over the last decades hasn't resulted in an increase in firearm deaths. But that's not the case. Fifty-six percent of Americans believe the death rate from guns is higher today than it was 20 years ago. And only 12% think it is lower.