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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Fri Feb 28, 2014, 12:12 PM

3. "Officer Anonymous" wrote a sensible reply:


Officer Anonymous Feb 26, 2014 @ 10:33 pm

Here is a link to a Harvard Law study which shows an inverse corellation between gun ownership and homicide/suicide.

And here is a link to an aggregation of statistics on gun ownership, crime distribution, relevant federal and local laws and some interesting issues not covered by law. I find it particularly troubling that the authors note that, as of 2010, federal law did NOT prohibit members of terrorist organizations from purchasing or possessing firearms or explosives. I find the following even more troubling: “* Between February 2004 and February 2010, 1,225 firearm and three explosives background checks for people on terrorist watch lists were processed through the federal background check system. Of these, 91% of the firearm transactions and 100% of the explosives transactions were allowed.”

Some other relevant facts from the website:

1. A 1994 survey conducted by the US CDC foudn that Americans had used firearms to frighten away home-invasion robbers nearly half a million times each year which is approximately 2700% greater than the total number of the CDC’s estimate of gun-related accidents that resulted in death or an ER visit (18,498) in 2001 (the first year such comparisons were possible).


For those skeptics, please see the endnotes which include definitions and details of the relevant studies and date collected.

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