Beckley, WV

#1 Mar 10, 2013
I think the things that are happening is more of a Mental Heath issue than gun issue! In time with our Politicians taking our rights away we will have no means to defend ourselfs from our Government. That would be a dictatorship! I am against any form of gun control except background checks including Mental Health. The killings that happened with the movie theater and school are a Mental Health Issue and needs to be addressed as so! NO need for gun control, our Media is out of control!..
Fact: In 1994, before the Federal “assault weapons ban,” you were eleven (11) times more likely to be beaten to death than to be killed by an “assault weapon.”
Fact: Guns prevent an estimated 2.5 million crimes a year or 6,849 every day. Often the gun is never fired and no blood (including the criminal’s) is shed.
Fact: Every year, people in the United States use guns to defend themselves against criminals an estimated 2,500,000 times – more than 6,500 people a day, or once every 13 seconds. Of these instances, 15.6% of the people using firearms defensively stated that they “almost certainly” saved their lives by doing so.
Fact: 54% of these deaths are suicides (80% in Canada). Numerous studies have shown that the presence or absence of a firearm does not change the overall (i.e., gun plus non-gun) suicide rate.
Fact: Guns are used for self-defense 2,500,000 times a year in the United States.
• 71% of gunshot victims had previous arrest records.
• 64% had been convicted of a crime.
• Each had an average of 11 prior arrests.62,63
• 63% of victims have criminal histories and 73% of the time they know their assailant (twice as often as victims without criminal histories).
“Passing a law like the assault weapons ban is a symbolic, purely symbolic move... Its only real justification is not to reduce crime but to desensitize the public to the regulation of weapons in preparation for their ultimate confiscation.”- Charles Krauthammer Syndicated Columnist The Washington Post, April 5, 1996
All Quotes are from Gun Facts by Guy Smith 2011
Fact: Guns prevent an estimated 2.5 million crimes a year or 6,849 every day. Often the gun is never fired and no blood (including the criminal’s) is shed.

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