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The gun lobby’s new “recruitment ad” is really a call for white supremacy and armed insurrection, deliberately crafted to stir anger and fear.

Source: Perspectives: Bill Moyers — NRA Issues Call for White Supremacy and Armed Insurrection

 

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After Wednesday’s shooting, some Republicans are saying more people should be armed. That’s not going to help.

Source: Perspectives: Huffington Post — The Solution To America’s Gun Violence Isn’t More Guns

 

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Despite Obama’s fo12524190_1302761273082714_508502343137543679_nrceful, logical, and compelling summary of what gun violence has done to our country, his executive order on tightening gun regulations has been met with lies of violating the Second Amendment, confiscation of guns, and even his passion on the issue has been attacked.

Read article here: President Obama’s Passionate Plea for Tightened Gun Regulations

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With 90 guns for every 100 Americans, the United States has the distinction of having more civilian owned guns than anywhere on earth. Our guns have killed 119,079 children and teens from 1979 to 2010; more than Americans killed in action in all wars since World War II. And, ominously, gun related deaths will likely surpass motor vehicle traffic deaths by the year 2015.
To address the problem…

Read article here: Violence Begets the Very Thing It Seeks To Destroy

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Vice President Joe Biden has reported the recommendations of the federal task force to curb gun violence to President Obama. The recommendations most likely include closing the gun-show loophole, universal background checks that include checks at private sales, reinstating an assault weapons ban, and bans on high capacity ammunition magazines. The task force also explored the impact mental health, and violent games and entertainment may have on gun violence, but gun control proposals will be the focus of Biden’s taskforce recommendations.

The problem is that Biden’s task force seemed focused on mass shootings and simply missed the point that mass shootings are really minor to the increasing overall problem of gun violence in America.

According to the Small Arms Survey of 2007, there were 875 million combined civilian, law enforcement, and military firearms in the world. Of this number, 650 million of the world’s civilians owned a firearm. In the United States, civilians owned 270 million.

That means with a U.S. population in 2007 of 301,139,947 …

Read article here: A Murderer’s Weapon of Choice

 

 

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A 2007 Small Arms Survey reports that private gun ownership in the United States in 2010 averaged 290,000,000. That’s 96 firearms per 100 residents.

GPS’s Fareed Zakaria concludes from the same survey, that “We have 5 percent of the world’s population and 50 percent of the guns.”  He says the United States has “…four times as many [gun homicides per 100,000 people] as Switzerland, ten times as many as India, 20 times as many as Australia and England.” Zakaria makes the point that the United States has no more madmen that commit mass shootings than the rest of the world, yet other countries have much less gun violence.

Since Colorado’s mass shooting, gun control opponents have opined that lack of early detection of mental illness is the cause of such tragedies. It’s essentially their same old fallacious argument that gun advocates have used for years: guns don’t kill people; people do.

Mental illness, of course …

Read article here: Fareed Zakaria: ‘Time to face facts on gun control’

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