Gun Control Facts You Need to Know

How to Debate Guns

Now, people, you have two bandwagons to choose from.

If you are conservative, you should probably love gun rights, like so much you should think about guns when you masturbate. You have to believe, no matter what anyone says, that they ARE taking your guns. React with fear and outrage. Tell those bastards you have a right to a revolutionary overtaking of the government. It can be the zombie apocalypse you have been waiting for. And of course, you need protection like a man with 17 kids by 17 different baby mama’s do. You will die if you don’t own a gun. The gun guarantees immortality like the gods.

If you are liberal, you are supposed to love gun control, or they will kick you out of their group. Off with your heads! No matter what science says, reducing guns will reduce murders, and we must react with fear and passion in the name of all the lost children. Do it for the children! Plaster images of dead children to get people to understand why we must remove guns from society. You are heartless if you don’t exploit tragedies.

Whatever you do, put emotionally-charged memes ahead of empirical evidence. GET OFFENDED! They say being offended is healthier for you than milk. Don’t forget to build a straw man argument against your opponents for a false sense of victory. “Yo Adrian. We did it!”

Or you can be an outcast. It means you’re probably closer to being right, but it won’t matter because nobody else wants to see it. Nobody wants to solve any problems. People are more concerned about proving their argument right than finding a real solution. People get bored with facts. They need to have a feeling. So none of this matters because majority rules, and the majority doesn’t want gun control facts because those interfere with their stance and hurts their feelings and attacks who they are as a person.

But you should at least peruse this to know better because the more of you who know better, the better off we are going to be culturally and as a society. I hate to bore you with, gasp, scholarly studies.

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But here are some gun control facts….

Lets see what empirical evidence says about guns. Some gun control facts for those who care about actual facts.

Increased Gun Control is Correlated to Increased Homicide Rates

A recent Harvard Study suggests fewer guns doesn’t necessarily mean less crime. They compared homicide and suicide in DEVELOPED countries with gun ownership and found out in many cases, the increased gun control areas had increased homicide rates (for instance, Russia).

Similar studies have been done, usually by people who don’t do studies and just half-assedly compared statistics between Chicago and a small town, but they show where more gun control… more crime.

Most likely, Guns don’t cause people to be violent. Violence causes people to go buy guns.

Some studies that did show a correlation in the past, usually within the United States, has shown a correlation between gun ownership and homicide rates, but one of the studies suggested in its research that people in high crime areas are more apt to purchase guns, as opposed to all the guns causing the violence.

Yes, you people have been looking at it wrong. Guns don’t cause people to be violent. Violence causes people to go buy guns. You see more gun ownership and homicide rates in the larger, more populated cities than you do in suburbia. Face it, if you were going to move from a penthouse to the ghetto you wouldn’t drive through without locking your car doors and ducking, you’d at least think about buying a gun.

Violence is on the Decline

A wonderful article explaining the decline in violence

Let’s delve into human history. I think it’s safe to say we are less violent as a human race, despite Mexico and the Middle East (thank you Father Abraham for the thousands of years of war between religions that sprang from your loins), than we ever have been in the history of the human race. This is why people perceive us to have “evolved,” at some point as a civilization. Even our wars are more humane and less violent, as we just blow shit up instead of raping and pillaging those we didn’t bludgeon with a sword. I’m saying this to give perspective. Humans were much more violent BEFORE the invention of the gun. Crusades. Spanish Inquisition…

We were also much more violent before the invention of gangsta rap… (that was the last bandwagon in cased you missed it). But the fact is studies can’t show a correlation at all between violent music, movies and video games and violent behavior.

BUT…

There are no such thing as protection guns.

MollyAnn Wymer made a video talking about running to the gun store to get herself a protection gun, and the gun shop salesperson must not know much about guns because he didn’t have any protection guns. Most people thought this lady was a moron. What a dumb blond! But she actually is a genius. Because of her video, all the gun rights activists who have been promoting gun use for personal protection were leaving comments like, “There is no such thing as protection guns. Duh.” With one video, this woman single-handedly got some of the most stubborn people to admit they were wrong (of course, they don’t realize that).

Owning a Gun Increases Homicide and Suicide Risk in the Home

According to a study, “results show that regardless of storage practice, type of gun, or number of firearms in the home, having a gun in the home was associated with an increased risk of firearm homicide and firearm suicide in the home.”

Owning a gun puts you at 4.46 times more likely to be shot. Check out other studies on this.

Police, who are often gun right activists, will tell you that the best household protection is to lock your doors, use a deadbolt, and get a dog. There’s a good possibility that a dog has a better chance of knowing what’s threatening and reacting without fear than humans.

Your Right to Take Down a Tyrannical Government with Guns is the FBI definition of Domestic Terrorism

According to the FBI’s website, Domestic Terrorism is defined as follows:

“Domestic terrorism” means activities with the following three characteristics:

  • Involve acts dangerous to human life that violate federal or state law;

  • Appear intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination. or kidnapping; and

  • Occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S.

If you don’t like your government, your best method of overthrowing the government would be Martin Luther King style. Write letters. Form PEACEFUL protests. Try to persuade the public to vote better. You can also start a petition.

 

So now that you know some facts, you can stop the spread of lies by introducing some facts to any debate. Most likely, nobody is going to listen to you. They are very emotionally attached to their myths, and they just simply don’t want to let them go.

This is part of Finish the Sentence Friday.

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8 comments for “Gun Control Facts You Need to Know

  1. October 23, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    I agree with you that people need to be educated on this (and all) issues. The problem with statistical information and empirical studies is that there is at least one out there that can be used to argue any side.

    Your statement about violence causing people to buy guns (instead of guns causing violence) is an interesting point to consider, Michelle. And that begs the question – How do we decrease violence in the U.S.? So many answers, and none of the simple. Thank you for encouraging open dialogue – that is how we can start.
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  2. October 23, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Oh my gosh, THANK YOU for joining us!!! Yes, yes, yes…you nailed it that it isn’t about a meme or being offended it’s about looking at facts and then having a conversation and hopefully effect change. I had this (ahem) argument in my kitchen last night with my husband. He is so very pro NRA and believes that any discussion on gun control means I’m trying to take his gun. It’s not about taking the gun, it’s about making lives safer. His reply was that his are very safe (which believe me they are) and that guns don’t kill people, people do a gun is harmless by itself. My comeback was alcohol doesn’t kill people, left alone on that same porch a glass of wine doesn’t cause a drunk driving accident. It’s what people do with them that is the issue.

    Let’s just say the (ahem) discussion is ongoing at our home. Which is why it is so important that the conversation keeps moving forward so eventually the moderates can out speak the zealots.

    Thank you again for adding your voice to our conversation.
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  3. October 23, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    ‘Am so with you on this!
    Regulations and stricter laws are needed!!
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  4. October 23, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Wow! I love how you addressed each point, for and against, with such clarity and turned each argument on its head! LOVED the video of the ‘protection gun’ – that lady is a genius!!
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  5. October 23, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    I’m so glad you joined in this week Michelle and you make some truly excellent points. I don’t know what the answer is and am not saying that I think we need to get rid of guns but it’s so true that we hear stories about suicides and homicides in homes SO much more than we hear about people protecting their families from the violent bad guys with them. Sigh.
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  6. October 30, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    I agree, we should all be looking at the facts. The difficult thing is that so many issues that have factual evidence are also emotional. Fact and emotion can be a tricky combination.
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  7. November 18, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    I LOVE this post! You nailed it. I can’t stand it that no one is willing to just have a conversation. If you bring up anything about increasing safety and the gun debate, all the crazies start screaming at you! I don’t want to take away your guns! I want you to be responsible with them so three year olds will stop killing themselves!
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  8. January 19, 2017 at 9:25 am

    The facts and things you mentioned in this article are rather true but being a gun owner you can know how to handle guns. you can also teach your children about guns. if owner is careless tragic things can happen. Many Tragic cases happened in US overtime regarding guns. So its its better to have a good safe for your guns. its will ensure safety and will prevent prevent from any misuse. Anyways great article.
    Pat From GunSafesLab.

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