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Response to rock (Reply #12)

Tue Aug 25, 2015, 09:45 PM

55. The guns that they are fighting hardest to ban are involved in less than 300 murders/yr.

"Wouldn't heavier gun-control go a long way towards preventing that from happening. That is heavy gun-control would decrease gun-deaths and take away an argument for the banning of guns What do you think?"

I'd like to point out that the guns they are fighting hardest to ban are involved in less than 300 murders a year nationwide, out of 12,000+, despite being some of the most popular guns in U.S. homes.

https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2013/crime-in-the-u.s.-2013/tables/table-20/table_20_murder_by_state_types_of_weapons_2013.xls

Or look at the vitriol they direct at holders of concealed carry licenses, who have a lower rate of homicide than even the police, and far lower than the population at large. So, no, low rates of violence wouldn't stop them from pushing more bans, I think. It has become an idealogical crusade, not a pragmatic one.

I'd also point out Australia, where their always-low homicide rate has never stopped the prohibitionists from calling for more bans. They've already banned pump shotguns (!) and their laws would put a lot of British gun owners in jail, yet the Australian gun-control lobby is now talking about banning 1860's-style lever actions and straight-pull bolt-actions. It never ends.

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