Six facts about guns, violence, and gun control
Posted in the Jonesboro Forum
#1 Dec 15, 2012
When political actors construct a political argument that threatens political consequences if other political actors pursue a certain political outcome, that is, almost by definition, a politicization of the issue. It’s just a form of politicization favoring those who prefer the status quo to stricter gun control laws.
1. America is an unusually violent country. But we’re not as violent as we used to be.
2. The South is the most violent region in the United States.
3. Gun ownership in the United States is declining overall.
4. More guns tend to mean more homicide.
5. States with stricter gun control laws have fewer deaths from gun-related violence.
6. Gun control is not politically popular.
“The map overlays the map of firearm deaths above with gun control restrictions by state,” explains Florida.“It highlights states which have one of three gun control restrictions in place – assault weapons’ bans, trigger locks, or safe storage requirements. Firearm deaths are significantly lower in states with stricter gun control legislation. Though the sample sizes are small, we find substantial negative correlations between firearm deaths and states that ban assault weapons (-.45), require trigger locks (-.42), and mandate safe storage requirements for guns (-.48).”
Arkansas is near the top in deaths from gun related violence.
Let's do something about.
#2 Dec 15, 2012
Four more facts about guns and mass shootings in the United States
1. Shooting sprees are not rare in the United States.
2. 15 of the 25 worst mass shootings in the last 50 years took place in the United States.
3. Lots of guns don’t necessarily mean lots of shootings, as you can see in Israel and Switzerland.*
( Israel and Switzerland have tightened their gun laws substantially, and now pursue an entirely different approach than the United States.)
4. Of the 11 deadliest shootings in the US, five have happened from 2007 onward.
#3 Dec 15, 2012
Note gun control can mean requiring trigger locks instead of taking away guns. Makes a lot of sense. Might have prevented the latest shooting.
#4 Dec 16, 2012
Unless the 2nd Amendment is repealed, you gun control folks have nothing but hot air.
#5 Dec 16, 2012
Yea gun control will work much like drug control keeps illegal drugs out if the country. I love living in a drug free country.
#6 Dec 16, 2012
have you people not noticed that all of the shootings from the d.c. sniper to the conn. shooting have took place in gun free zones. gun control is the problem. i think that if those teachers had of been armed those those people would be alive to day. these crazy shooters knew they would not have anybody shoot back because they we in a gun free zone.
#7 Dec 16, 2012
Virginia is the opposite of a gun free zone. It's notorious for selling guns to anyone and many of the guns that cross the border come from Virginia.
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#8 Dec 16, 2012
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