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Hey Lockergnome,

A friend of mine just posted this to his Facebook

"If you combine the populations of Great Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark and Australia, you get a population roughly the size of the United States, where, last year, there were 32,000 gun deaths. Those other countries, which all have a form of gun control, had a total of 112." - Aaron Sorkin

It's quite frightening to see that with around the same amount of people there are 35,840% more deaths by gun purely because of the lack of laws preventing people to gain access to a gun.

Should the USA start to ban all firearms? Obama is already attempting to ban assault weapons, which is a good thing in my mind. People 'might' be responsible with their guns, but there are always crazy maniacs who don't; just think of the recent school shooting at Connecticut.

asked Dec 19 '12 at 05:14

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edited Dec 19 '12 at 17:47

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In Switzerland, half of all adults are issued a gun. They have the lowest gun-related crime in the world.

How would these events have gone differently if gun bans hadn't been in place?

  • 9/11: Passengers or airline security could have subdued or killed the hijackers
  • Jews could have defended themselves against the German SS
  • Teachers could kill or disable the gunmen at school shootings

Criminals don't obey the law, so stricter laws won't prevent them from carrying out their desires. Stricter laws, especially outright bans, would only take the guns away from the good guys.

The many should not be punished for the actions of the few. The areas with the most gun bans (e.g. New York, Washington D.C., etc.) have the highest crime rates. The areas with the most guns (e.g. the deep south) have the lowest crime rates.

If someone invades your home, you can shoot them or you can call the police. One has an effect in a fraction of a second. The other might have an effect within 15 minutes if the criminal is really slow.

Guns prevent crime.

answered Dec 19 '12 at 10:55

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edited Dec 19 '12 at 10:57

I am calling Bull crap on that statistic. I goggled it and i cannot find one reputable source of it.

The person who stated the quote is a screen writer, has no authority to write on this topic.

Your math is wrong, it would be a 285%

The population of Great Britain, France, Germany, Japan is greater then the US, no need for the rest

Don't believe everything you see on fb

answered Dec 19 '12 at 06:58

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In light of what happened in Connecticut the crazy people that want guns will always be able to get guns. That is not the problem only the people that are good normal people that want guns cannot get to them if there is a ban. I personally do not like guns; however, I think that people that want them to protect themselves.

answered Dec 19 '12 at 07:30

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No currently proposed regulation or any current or expired gun law would have prevented the atrocity that happened as the loser did not have the guns legally to begin with... If you want to prevent these things why not allow law abiding citizens to carry weapons where the happen... Everywhere these mass shootings happen it is not legal for people to have weapons so the perpetrators know there will be nobody to end their killing spree until they are done.

answered Dec 19 '12 at 08:53

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I don't think I need to explain my reasoning on why I think guns are important for preventing crime, just look at the picture:
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answered Dec 19 '12 at 13:48

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In a short answer; YES!!!

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answered Dec 19 '12 at 21:34

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