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Guns and Crime

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"If gun laws in fact worked, the sponsors of this type of legislation should have no difficulty drawing upon long lists of examples of crime rates reduced by such legislation. That they cannot do so after a century and a half of trying--that they must sweep under the rug the southern attempts at gun control in the 1870-1910 period, the northeastern attempts in the 1920-1939 period, the attempts at both Federal and State levels in 1965-1976--establishes the repeated, complete and inevitable failure of gun laws to control serious crime." (Senator Orrin Hatch, Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution, 97th Cong., 2d Sess., The Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Committee Print I-IX, 1-23 (1982).)

Every year, 2,500,000 people in the United States use a gun to defend themselves against criminals. This means that firearms are used 60 times more often to protect the lives of honest citizens than to take lives. -- (Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology)

"25 States allow anyone to buy a gun, strap it on, and walk down the street with no permit of any kind: some say it's crazy. However, 4 out of 5 US murders are committed in the other half of the country: so who is crazy?" -- (Andrew Ford )

Prohibiting law-abiding people from owning guns because they might be stolen by criminals is like prohibiting women from going out at night because they might be raped. - (Unknown)

Lt. Lowell Duckett: "Gun control has not worked in D.C. The only people who have guns are criminals. We have the strictest gun laws in the nation and one of the highest murder rates. It's quicker to pull your Smith & Wesson than to dial 911 if you're being robbed." (Special Assistant to DC Police Chief; President, Black Police Caucus, The Washington Post, March 22, 1996.)

60% of convicted felons admitted that they avoided committing crimes when they knew the victim was armed. 40% of convicted felons admitted that they avoided committing crimes when they thought the victim might be armed. -(James Wright and Peter Rossi, "Armed and Considered Dangerous: A Survey of Felons and Their Firearms",

New York: Aldine, 1986)

In 1982, Kennesaw, GA passed a law requiring heads of households to keep at least one firearm in the house. The residential burglary rate dropped 89% the following year. -(Dr. Gary Kleck, "Crime Control Through the Private Use of Armed Force", Social Problems, February 1988)

This is where the whole gun debate is centered. While the true reason gun control advocates want to ban guns is because of misplaced fear, or because they want to control people, they will always say it is because they want to reduce violent crime. They will site numerous crime statistics, and accidental death statistics, but they will never show true evidence that gun control measures have actually reduced these statistics. This is because it never has, and never will. If it in fact did, they would show you how major gun bans in other countries reduced the crime rate. They would show you how The states in America with the strictest gun laws have the lowest crime. They would show you how the ten year "assault weapons" ban reduced crime in the ten years it was in effect. The problem is, those statistics show just the opposite. They show that criminals love gun control because it makes their jobs safer.

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