TEN MYTHS ABOUT GUN CONTROL

 

Guns & Ammo has a great article on the Top 10 Gun Control Myths. here they are:

 

Myth No. 1: A gun in the home is more likely to kill a family member than an intruder.

Myth No. 2: Forty percent of guns are purchased without a background check.

Myth No. 3: Fewer people own guns today.

Myth No. 4: Criminals obtain their weapons at gun shows.

Myth No. 5: People hardly ever use guns for self-defense.

Myth No. 6: Your gun is more likely to be used against you by an attacker.

Myth No. 7: We can’t trust people with concealed carry.

Myth No. 8: Urban areas especially need gun control.

Myth No. 9: Guns teach kids to be violent.

Myth No. 10: Gun control prevents crime.
We’ve saved the ultimate myth for last. Here are but a few examples of failed gun control policies in action:

  • Washington, D.C.’s ban on handguns (since repealed, sort of) took effect in 1977 and the city’s murder rate tripled by the 1990’s. According to D.C.’s own police department, every firearm murder was committed with a handgun
  • Chicago copied D.C.’s handgun ban in 1982 and, according to city data, within 10 years its handgun-related murders doubled.
  • Maryland and California have both imposed waiting periods for gun purchases and restricted sales of handguns and semi-auto rifles. Yet according to FBI Uniform Crime Reports, their murder and robbery rates that far exceed the rest of the country.

There are plenty more cases in which gun control has backfired, even as nationwide gun ownership has increased and crime has decreased.


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