Disputed Facts in the Gun Debate

Disputed Facts in the Gun Debate

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Would another law make us safer? U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- The gun debate is difficult for many reasons. It is often an emotional issue. Unfortunately, there isn’t one gun debate, but perhaps dozens of “gun debates.” Even the questions that seem simple are difficult to answer well. Are guns too easy to get? Does a firearm in your home put you at greater risk? How often do ordinary citizens defend themselves with a firearm? A simple answer is easy to find.. and often wrong. There are questions hidden within questions as we look for the truth. Is the US violent because of civilian gun ownership? For some people, the gun issue is one of appearance. Many legal residents own guns here in the USA. We also see lots of news coverage when innocent people are shot. We don’t read about the violence in other countries, so we assume that other countries are peaceful. We put these facts together and conclude that guns cause violent crime here in the USA. It turns out that our news is biased in favor of reporting local violent crime. Other countries have violent crime also, but you have to look to find it. What is unusual, is that only a few cities in the USA cause most of our murders. To be precise, two percent of our counties have 51 percent of our murders. 54 percent of our counties have no murders at all. The stereotype of gun owners is a rural farmer, but it […]

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