The Geography of Gun Deaths

Jul 20, 2012 | Posted by: Mr_Bill | Full story: www.theatlantic.com

Terrible tragedies like last week's mass shootings in Tucson cause us to search for deeper answers. Many were quick to blame America's divisive and vitriolic political culture for the violence; others portray the shooter as an unhinged, clinically deranged person with his own unfathomable agenda. Arizona has been ground zero for the battle over immigration. Were the state's political and economic travails a contributing factor? There has been some talk about guns, too. Might tighter gun control laws have made a difference?

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“Headed toward the cliff”

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cjrian wrote:
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Even one more gun, in the hands of a responsible citizen, would have meant there was ONE more death - the shooters - and less innocent deaths.
Being armed and trained means shooting, and hitting, the target - not shooting wildly.
One or two armed citizens could have ended this spree - BEFORE it became a massacre
"A coward dies a thousand deaths, but the valiant taste death but once", Act 1, Scene 2, Line 32, "Julius Cesaer", by William Shakespeare
And just how do you ensure only trained people would be the ones with the guns? How would you know whether they were trying to kill the other shooter or just part of his team?

Face it, you'd have every idiot pulling out their guns shooting at anything & everything.

I can guarantee there would me MORE deaths, not less.

Btw, I'm a 20+ yr veteran & lifelong hunter who owns a dozen guns and has a concealed carry permit.

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WeTheSheeple wrote:
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And just how do you ensure only trained people would be the ones with the guns? How would you know whether they were trying to kill the other shooter or just part of his team?
Face it, you'd have every idiot pulling out their guns shooting at anything & everything.
I can guarantee there would me MORE deaths, not less.
Btw, I'm a 20+ yr veteran & lifelong hunter who owns a dozen guns and has a concealed carry permit.
You cannot guarantee any such thing. We cannot continually punish the innocent, because of the actions of a very few.

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Robert wrote:
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I don't know about the shootings I just know a freshman in a statistics class who got bad grades would easily his lunch in a debate about his methodology.
And you avoid the point, the point you started to make..

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General Robert E Lee wrote:
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You cannot guarantee any such thing. We cannot continually punish the innocent, because of the actions of a very few.
Just who's being "punished"?

Reasonable restictions can be make which would prevent many of these mass shooting. Who needs a 100 round magazine for hunting or home defense?

Most people are idiots and I wouldn't trust them with a BB gun. It's time to start making people prove they can safely and responsibly use guns before they are allowed to own them.

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WeTheSheeple wrote:
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Just who's being "punished"?
Reasonable restictions can be make which would prevent many of these mass shooting. Who needs a 100 round magazine for hunting or home defense?
Most people are idiots and I wouldn't trust them with a BB gun. It's time to start making people prove they can safely and responsibly use guns before they are allowed to own them.
The gun, ammo, magazine, is not the problem. Any regulation, only strengthens the criminal, punishing the innocent. Safety testing will not prevent criminal acts either.

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General Robert E Lee wrote:
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The gun, ammo, magazine, is not the problem. Any regulation, only strengthens the criminal, punishing the innocent. Safety testing will not prevent criminal acts either.
The US has the most lax gun laws and also has the most gun deaths.

Enough said.

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