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ABC's 20/20 " If I only had a gun"

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by Quick Action Jackson, Apr 14, 2009.

  1. Quick Action Jackson

    Quick Action Jackson Portlandistan Member

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    You will kill yourself and others if you use a handgun in self defense. running and hiding appearently makes you immune to bullets.

    Don't worry about the facts though...just mindlessly absorb the information that the experiment presents...


    Myth: Private ownership of guns is not effective in preventing crime

    Fact: Every year, people in the United States use a gun to defend themselves against criminals an estimated 2,500,000 times – more than 6,500 people a day, or once every 13 seconds.112 Of these instances, 15.6% of the people using a firearm defensively stated that they "almost certainly" saved their lives by doing so.
    Firearms are used 60 times more often to protect lives than to take lives.

    Fact: In 83.5% (2,087,500) of these successful gun defenses, the attacker either threatened or used force first, proving that guns are very well suited for self-defense.

    Fact: Of the 2,500,000 times citizens use guns to defend themselves, 92% merely brandish their gun or fire a warning shot to scare off their attackers.

    Fact: Less than 8% of the time does a citizen wound his or her attacker, and in less than one in a thousand instances is the attacker killed.113

    Fact: For every accidental death, suicide, or homicide with a firearm, 10 lives are saved through defensive use.
    114Fact: When using guns in self-defense:
    • 83% of robbery victims were not injured.
    • 88% of assault victims were not hurt.
    • 76% of all self-defense use of guns never involve firing a single shot.

    Fact: After the implementation of Canada's 1977 gun controls prohibiting handgun possession for protection, the “breaking and entering” crime rate rose 25%, surpassing the American rate.115

    Myth: Only police should have guns

    Fact: “...most criminals are more worried about meeting an armed victim than they are about running into the police.”116

    Fact: 11% of police shootings kill an innocent person - about 2% of shootings by citizens kill an innocent person.117

    Fact: Police have trouble keeping their own guns. Hundreds of firearms are missing from the FBI and 449 of them have been involved in crimes.118

    Fact: People who saw the helplessness of the L.A. Police Department during the 1992 King Riots or the looting and violence in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina know that citizens need guns to defend themselves.

    Myth: You are more likely to be injured or killed using a gun for self-defense

    Fact: You are far more likely to survive a violent assault if you defend yourself with a gun. In episodes where a robbery victim was injured, the injury/defense rates were:119
    Resisting with a gun 6%
    Did nothing at all 25%
    Resisted with a knife 40%
    Non-violent resistance 45%

    Myth: Guns are not effective in preventing crime against women

    Fact: Of the 2,500,000 annual self-defense cases using guns, more than 7.7% (192,500) are by women defending themselves against sexual abuse.

    Fact: When a woman was armed with a gun or knife, only 3% of rape attacks are completed, compared to 32% when unarmed.120

    Fact: The probability of serious injury from an attack is 2.5 times greater for women offering no resistance than for women resisting with a gun. Men also benefit from using a gun, but the benefits are smaller at 1.4 times more likely to receive a serious injury.121

    Fact: 28.5% of women have a gun in the house.122

    Fact: 41.7% of women either own or have rapid access to guns.123

    Fact: In 1966, the city of Orlando responded to a wave of sexual assaults by offering firearms training classes to women. Rapes dropped by nearly 90% the following year.
    Rape Rates 1995–2003 (per 100,000 pop.)
    % Change
    United Kingdom

    Fact: Firearm availability appears to be particularly useful in avoiding rape. Australia and the United Kingdom virtually banned handgun ownership. During the same period handgun ownership in the United States steadily rose. Yet the rate of rape decreased in the United States, and skyrocketed in the other countries.

    Fact: More Americans believe having a gun in the home makes them safer. This belief grows every year the survey is taken.124

    Fact: Arthur Kellerman, a researcher whose work is often cited by gun control groups said “If you've got to resist, you're chances of
    being hurt are less the more lethal your weapon. If that were my wife, would I want her to have a .38 Special in her hand? Yeah.”125

    111 J. Gayle Mericle, 1989, Unpublished report of the Metropolitan Area Narcotics Squad, Will and Grundy Counties
    112 Fall 1995, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology
    113 FBI, “Critical Incidents in Policing”, 1991
    114 National Crime Victimization Survey, 1979-1985
    115 Pat Mayhew, Residential Burglary: A Comparison of the United States, Canada and England and Wales (Nat'l Inst. of Just., Wash., D.C., 1987)
    116 Wright and Rossi, “”Armed and Considered Dangerous: A Survey of Felons and Their Firearms”, 1986
    117 Cramer C and Kopel D. "Shall issue: the new wave of concealed handgun permit laws." Golden CO: Independence Institute Issue Paper. October 17, 1994
    118 ABC News, July 17, 2001
    119 British Home Office – not a “pro-gun” organization by any means
    120 U.S. Department of Justice, Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, Rape Victimization in 26 American Cities, 1979
    121 Department of Justice's National Crime Victimization Survey
    122 Smith, T: 2001 National Gun Policy Survey of the National Opinion Research Center: Research Findings. National Opinion Research Center, University of Chicago, December 2001.
    123 Ibid
    124 Gallup Poll, " Americans by Slight Margin Say Gun in the Home Makes It Safer", October 20, 2006
    125 “Gun Crazy”, S.F. Examiner, April 3, 1994

  2. Shadow

    Shadow Conyers, Georgia, United States Member

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    But wait...these are the stats that 20/20 said aren't credible or contradict themselves....
  3. Fobos

    Fobos Montana/Oregon Member

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    Pure propaganda. Notice that both "students' sat in the same spot and the " shooter" came in the room targeting them primarily. Not only that, but most folks with a permit will practice drawing their weapon. These two did not practice drawing under fire. And FYI, if your going to carry a weapon, don't have an extra long tee shirt that obstructs the draw.