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Saturday, May 4, 2013

"Guns Save Lives"

“Do concealed-weapon laws result in less crime?”  Washington Post Fact-Checker Awards “Three Pinocchios”  

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/do-concealed-weapon-laws-result-in-less-crime/2012/12/16/e80a5d7e-47c9-11e2-ad54-580638ede391_blog.html


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The following website, "Guns Save Lives," "was started to attempt to quantify the number of people who use a firearm to defend themselves and others." http://gunssavelives.net/about-this-site/

Last night, I reviewed all instances of "firearm self-defense" listed for the last three months and discovered that, nationally, Americans use firearms to defend themselves against crime twice a day. (Keep track of how often you see press reports concerning "firearm self-defense." They are vanishingly rare.)

Please explore "Guns Save Lives" to determine for yourself how many of these "cases" are bona fide, and how many resulted in "the death of a petty thief with no violent intent," or the death of an "assailant" involved in ongoing discord with the shooter, or "stand-your-ground paranoia," or even convenient "cover-ups" for murder/manslaughter. 

Almost always, civilians who keep handguns in a location where they can be used for self-defense are bizarre people. 

Always these gunslingers increase the risk that violence - often suicide - will be perpetrated in their homes. (See "Guns Make Homes More Dangerous, Not Less" http://paxonbothhouses.blogspot.com/2012/12/guns-make-homes-more-dangerous-not-less.html)

It is also a fact that 55 Americans use firearms to commit suicide every day and another 27 are killed with handguns. http://paxonbothhouses.blogspot.com/2012/07/gun-cartoons.html

The myth that "guns save lives" (by "forfending threatening criminals") is almost entirely urban legend. 

Yet the number of successful instances of "self-defense with firearm" is routinely touted as "up to 2,500,000 annually." 

Yep! And on those days when I win The Powerball, my annual income is "up to fifty million."

Consider the following Harvard study that concludes: "Virtually No Armed Criminals Report Being Wounded By A Law-Abiding Citizen" - http://paxonbothhouses.blogspot.com/2012/12/harvard-virtually-none-report-being.html


Another rich resource is "Gun Cartoons and Gun Violence Bibliography" http://paxonbothhouses.blogspot.com/2012/07/gun-cartoons.html

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Some of the good Christians who make America possible.



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