American gun owners are far more likely to injure themselves or someone else with their firearm than to stop a criminal, according to a new study from a group calling for tighter gun control.
study, released Wednesday by the Violence Policy Center, found there
were 258 justifiable homicides involving civilians using firearms in
2012, compared with 8,342 murders by gun. Even if a criminal isn't shot
down, the study found that civilians rarely use guns to protect
"Intended victims of property crimes engaged in
self-protective behavior with a firearm" only 0.1 percent of the times
they were targeted by a crook.
The report, titled "Firearm Justifiable Homicides and Non-Fatal Self-Defense Gun Use"
relied on FBI and Bureau of Justice data. The Violence Policy Center
said the report disproves the premise of arguments by the National Rifle
Association that more guns in the hands of regular people will reduce
The NRA has staked its entire agenda on the claim that guns are
necessary for self-defense, but this gun industry propaganda has no
basis in fact,” the group's executive director, Josh Sugarmann, said in a
statement. “Guns are far more likely to be used in a homicide than in a
justifiable homicide by a private citizen. In fact, a gun is far more
likely to be stolen than used in self-defense.”
In addition to the thousands of annual murders, roughly 22,000 people die accidentally from a gun or use one to commit suicide.
rights advocates, however, have long armed themselves with contrarian
statistics, saying people are safer thanks to the Second Amendment.
The Cato Institute, which advocates against restrictions on gun ownership, maintains a map showing
where a firearm has successfully stopped a crime. The group says there
are many unreported incidents in which a would-be criminal flees when a
civilian brandishes a gun in self-defense.
"Gun control proponents
cannot deny that people use guns successfully against criminals, but
they tend to play down how often such events take place," the Cato
The Gun Owners of America maintains a section on its website "just for skeptics" that cites reports that Americans each year use guns 2.5 million times in self-defense.
that guns are used millions of times each year in self-defense are
untrue, however, according to the Harvard Injury Control Research
Center, which also found that "firearms are used far more often to intimidate than in self-defense."
a gun may help enrich the firearms industry, but the facts show it is
unlikely to increase your personal safety,” Sugarmann said. “In fact, in
a nation of more than 300 million firearms, it is striking how rarely
guns are used in self-defense.”
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Posted by FriedaBatLMvH at 6:35 PM
by Jeff Guo
In the early ’90s, gang shootings gripped Connecticut. Bystanders, including a7-year-old girl, were getting gunned down in drive-bys. “The state is becoming a shooting gallery, and the public wants action,” an editorial in theHartford Courant said at the time.
So in the summer of 1994, lawmakers hustled through a gun control bill in a special session. They hoped to curb shootings by requiring people to get a purchasing license before buying a handgun. The state would issue these permits to people who passed a background check and a gun safety training course.
At the time, private citizens could freely buy and sell guns secondhand, even to those with criminal records. Connecticut’s law sought to regulate that market. Even private handgun sales would have to be reported to the state, and buyers would need to have a permit.
Critics scoffed at the plan. They argued that a permit system would hassle lawful citizens, while crooks would still get guns on the black market. If the problem was criminals with guns, why not clean up crime instead of restricting guns?
“This will not take one gun out of the hands of a single criminal,” State Rep. Richard Belden complained to the New York Times in 1994.
Even some supporters of the law, which took effect in 1995, called it a “small step” — a gesture to placate residents alarmed at the gun violence.
Now, two decades later, researchers at Johns Hopkins University and the University of California, Berkeley, say that Connecticut’s “permit-to-purchase” law was actually a huge success for public safety.
In a study released Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health, they estimate that the law reduced gun homicides by 40 percent between 1996 and 2005. That’s 296 lives saved in 10 years.
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Posted by FriedaBatLMvH at 6:07 PM
Heeding God’s Call
Inspiring Hope, Raising Voices,
Taking Action to End Gun Violence
Yesterday, yet another horrific gun massacre of innocents. This time the setting was all-too-familiar those of us in the faith community. A small group had gathered at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C. to pray. Knowing the civic leadership of their pastor, Rev. Clem Pinckney (also a state senator), they were no doubt praying for peace, in their lives, their community and the world. Rev. Pinckney and 8 other members were shot by a young man who had been out on bail, yet was reportedly given a gun by his father. Whatever our faith tradition, we are in prayer today for the families of the victims and perpetrator, and for the congregation and community of Charleston as they try to heal and make sense of the senseless.
We at Heeding God’s Call are shocked, but not surprised by yesterday’s events. This slaughter was sadly predictable, and makes patently clear that the American faith community MUST step up to confront our the epidemic of gun violence, wherever it occurs, be it in an historic African American church, every day in the streets and neighborhoods of cities and towns across the nation, in a formerly peaceful elementary school or in homes beset with domestic violence or those in despair seeking to end their lives.
It is the responsibility of the American faith community to confront gun violence with God’s love and compassion, but also with human commitment and steadfastness. It is time for all houses of worship, all clergy, all faith traditions and all of the faithful to stand, walk, march, advocate and vote to bring down the idolatry of guns and to save the lives of all of our families, neighbors, fellow citizens.
We must pray and grieve, but God demands more of us. We must act. We must mobilize. We must confront the evil of gun violence and those who would profit by it. NOW.
Heeding God’s Call has been devoted to action to end the evil of gun violence since we began six years ago. We work daily to ‘change the game’ and to enlist people and institutions of faith get into the street and confront the evil that is killing so many Americans. We ask you to join us in this sacred campaign, by letting us know how you feel today and supporting us. Please contact us on Facebook and let us know what you are thinking. Please join us by using the Contact tab on our webpage.
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Posted by FriedaBatLMvH at 5:46 PM
From the American Academy of Pediatrics -- The best preventative against injuries and deaths to children is not to have a gun in the home
Handguns in the Home
Posted by FriedaBatLMvH at 5:43 PM