More guns no defense for self-defense:

More guns no defense for self-defense:  The FBI says: “Guns are rarely used for self-defense in US.” According to the FBI, “personal firearms are rarely used for self-defense in the US. Americans are far more likely to hurt themselves or others when handling lethal weapons. 259 ‘justifiable homicides’ in 2012 involved a private citizen, compared to 8,342 criminal homicides committed with a gun. In addition, ‘tens of thousands’ suicides and unintentional shootings were committed with a gun. Therefore, the National Rifle Association mantra “guns are necessary for self-defense” is nonsense and nothing but pimp talk for 300 million firearms owned by Americans. The NRA website says firearms were successfully used in self-defense–against an intruder crawling through a doggie door, or a “rabid fox,” but provides no documentary proof that guns save lives. In fact, it’s striking that in the world’s most gun-toting, most gun-violent nation that so few guns are actually used in self-defense. But, gun propagandists don’t care about preventing crime and public danger. If common sense is not enough, the FBI is telling you guns are a danger to your family and children.

In addition the CDC says strong state gun control laws reduce gun violence deaths. Those states with the lowest overall gun death rates have lower rates of gun ownership and the strongest state gun violence prevention laws. Five states with highest per capita gun deaths rates are Louisiana, Mississippi, Alaska, Wyoming and Montana. Each has extremely lax state gun violence prevention laws and higher rate of gun ownership. States with the lowest gun deaths are Rhode Island, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey. Each has strong gun state violence prevention laws and lower gun ownership. “The weaker the state’s gun violence prevention laws and the easier the access to guns results in the highest gun death rates far above the national average. Weak gun control is endangering the safety of families and communities.” Weak gun violence protection laws are defined as adding little to existing federal laws, permissive laws governing the open or concealed carrying of firearms in public, and minimum safety standards for firearms and/or requirements for gun purchases and permits. The rate of gun violence deaths in Louisiana is 18.91 compared to 3.14 in Rhode Island. Nationwide U.S. gun violence is unacceptably high at 10.38 per 100K and far exceeds the gun death rate of Western industrialized nations. Great Britain is 0.23 per 100K and Australia 0.86. diogenes of california


Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.

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