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1. The AR in “AR-15” rifle stands for ArmaLite rifle, after the company which developed it in the 1950s. “AR” does NOT stand for “assault rifle” or “automatic rifle.” “Assault weapon” is a political term created by California anti-gun legislators to ban some semi-automatic rifles in the 1980s. The AR-15-style rifle looks like a military rifle, Much like the M-16, but functions like other semi-automatic civilian sporting firearms, firing only one round with each pull of the trigger, and while these rifles may cosmetically look like military rifles, they do not function the same way. An assault rifle is fully automatic (machine gun) and automatic firearms have been severely restricted from civilian ownership since 1934. The AR-15 is a long gun, and can be tough to maneuver in tight quarters and is no more powerful than other hunting rifles of the same caliber and in most cases are chambered in calibers less powerful than common big-game hunting cartridges. The AR-15 is loud and sounds like a stick of dynamite going off inches away from your head but it doesn’t offer much stopping power for anything other than small game, they are today’s modern sporting rifle.
2. First came the Badges, then the Fences. Now the Automatic Weapons. The terrorists win. We are sacrificing our Freedom and the Freedom of our Children. Thank you regressive’s and HATERADIO for convincing us the “OTHERS” are everywhere waiting to kill us, when for the most part it’s been good White NRA members who have been racking up the mass shooting episodes.
3. Anyone using their 1st Amendment rights on the internet to tell me the 2nd Amendment only covers muskets because the AR was not invented yet get off your computer and write me a letter with a quill pen, then have it delivered to my house by some guy on a horse and then and only then can we start the discussion of why YOU are wrong.
4. Every genocide in history has been preceded by civilian disarmament. Governments murdered 170 million unarmed innocent civilians in the 20th century. This century will be in the billions if the UN is able to disarm the world as they plan.
5. China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.
6. MASS SHOOTING Only a very small percentage of violent acts are committed by people diagnosed with, or in treatment for, mental illness.
Mass Shootings and Mental Illness James L. Knoll IV, M.D. George D. Annas, M.D., M.P.H https://psychiatryonline.org/doi/pdf/10.5555/appi.books.9781615371099
7. MASS SHOOTING MISPERCEPTIONS
a) Mass shootings by people with serious mental illness represent the most significant relationship between gun violence and mental illness.
b) People with serious mental illness should be considered dangerous.
c) Gun laws focusing on people with mental illness or with a psychiatric diagnosis can effectively prevent mass shootings.
d) Gun laws focusing on people with mental illness or a psychiatric diagnosis are reasonable, even if they add to the stigma already associated with mental illness.
8. EVIDENCE-BASED FACTS MASS SHOOTING’s
a) Mass shootings by people with serious mental illness represent less than 1% of all yearly gun-related homicides. In contrast, deaths by suicide using firearms account for the majority of yearly gun-related deaths.
b) The overall contribution of people with serious mental illness to violent crimes is only about 3%. When these crimes are examined in detail, an even smaller percentage of them are found to involve firearms.
c) Laws intended to reduce gun violence that focus on a population representing less than 3% of all gun violence will be extremely low yield, ineffective, and wasteful of scarce resources. Perpetrators of mass shootings are unlikely to have a history of involuntary psychiatric hospitalization. Thus, databases intended to restrict access to guns and established by guns laws that broadly target people with mental illness will not capture this group of individuals. Gun restriction laws focusing on people with mental illness perpetuate the myth that mental illness leads to violence, as well as the misperception that gun violence and mental illness are strongly linked. Stigma represents a major barrier to access and treatment of mental illness, which in turn increases the public health burden.
9. We defend the President with guns
We defend Congressman with guns
We defend Governors with guns
We defend celebrities with guns
We defend sporting events with guns
We defend jewelry stores with guns
We defend banks with guns
We defend office buildings with guns
We defend factories with guns
We defend courts with guns
We defend oil pipelines with guns
We defend our children with a sign that reads “This is a gun free zone” then call someone with a gun if there’s an emergency.
10. Obama ordered the CDC to do a study.
a) Armed citizens are less likely to be injured by an attacker:
“Studies that directly assessed the effect of actual defensive uses of guns (i.e., incidents in which a gun was ‘used’ by the crime victim in the sense of attacking or threatening an offender) have found consistently lower injury rates among gun-using crime victims compared with victims who used other self-protective strategies.”
b) Defensive uses of guns are common:
“Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million per year…in the context of about 300,000 violent crimes involving firearms in 2008.”
c) Mass shootings and accidental firearm deaths account for a small fraction of gun-related deaths, and both are declining:
“The number of public mass shootings of the type that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School accounted for a very small fraction of all firearm-related deaths. Since 1983 there have been 78 events in which 4 or more individuals were killed by a single perpetrator in 1 day in the United States, resulting in 547 victims and 476 injured persons.” The report also notes, “Unintentional firearm-related deaths have steadily declined during the past century. The number of unintentional deaths due to firearm-related incidents accounted for less than 1 percent of all unintentional fatalities in 2010.”
d) “Interventions” (i.e, gun control) such as background checks, so-called assault rifle bans and gun-free zones produce “mixed” results:
“Whether gun restrictions reduce firearm-related violence is an unresolved issue.” The report could not conclude whether “passage of right-to-carry laws decrease or increase violence crime.”
e) Gun buyback/turn-in programs are “ineffective” in reducing crime:
“There is empirical evidence that gun turn in programs are ineffective, as noted in the 2005 NRC study Firearms and Violence: A Critical Review. For example, in 2009, an estimated 310 million guns were available to civilians in the United States (Krouse, 2012), but gun buy-back programs typically recover less than 1,000 guns (NRC, 2005). On the local level, buy-backs may increase awareness of firearm violence. However, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for example, guns recovered in the buy-back were not the same guns as those most often used in homicides and suicides (Kuhn et al., 2002).”
f) Stolen guns and retail/gun show purchases account for very little crime:
“More recent prisoner surveys suggest that stolen guns account for only a small percentage of guns used by convicted criminals. … According to a 1997 survey of inmates, approximately 70 percent of the guns used or possess by criminals at the time of their arrest came from family or friends, drug dealers, street purchases, or the underground market.”
g) The vast majority of gun-related deaths are not homicides, but suicides:
“Between the years 2000-2010 firearm-related suicides significantly outnumbered homicides for all age groups, annually accounting for 61 percent of the more than 335,600 people who died from firearms related violence in the United States.”
11. Deaths caused by FDA approved drugs: 106,000 per year. Hospital Errors: cause 195,000 per year. Rifles cause 300 or less deaths per year. Yet you think gun control is going to solve the death problem?
12. Some people defend their slavery as if their freedom depends on it.
13. Gun sales tend to go UP, when gun bans start getting mentioned.
14. The closer people are to a mass tragedy, the greater the impact on gun sales. Studies indicate gun buyers are made up predominantly of people who were White and Hispanic but NOT Black. It also found a bigger jump in handgun purchases by White people who had not previously owned a gun. The boost in gun sales appears to last about six to eight weeks after each shooting before dropping back to normal
15. US gun owners, who make up less than 1% of the world’s population own two-thirds of the country’s guns and up to one-third of guns worldwide.
16. People with mental illnesses are more likely to be victims, not perpetrators, of violence.
17. Since at least 1950, all but two public mass shootings in America have taken place in gun-free zones where citizens are banned from carrying guns.
18. The only gun control we should consider is proper training and safety for all ages. This is the only focus we should be concerned with!!!!
19. Dear “Ban Gun” people. 11 kids die a day from texting and driving. Let’s ban cells phones and cars.
20. If you’re genuinely concerned about saving the lives of children focus your energy on banning processed foods and unnecessary vaccinations instead of banning guns. Processed foods are 28 times more likely to kill children from obesity, and 4,500 severe vaccine reactions including death are reported to the CDC, than these children are to be murdered by a firearm.
21. Nobody has assault rifles. No school shooting in US history has been done with an “assault rifle”. Assault rifles are select fire weapons capable of burst fire. A semi-auto Armalite 15 (aka AR15) is not capable of burst fire. Automatic weapons are highly regulated and you cannot walk into a regular gun store and buy one. If you’re talking about “assault weapons”, that is a made up political term referring to a firearms cosmetic features and nothing at all to do with its power or mechanical functions. A semi auto World War 2 rifle from 1945 has the same rate of fire and power as a modern AR15. People who don’t know anything about guns wouldn’t know this stuff though. They just parrot what the news and media has told them and ban the scary AR15. Why is it that people who push the most gun regulations are the ones who know the least about guns?
And no I’m not pro-gun, don’t own a gun, have never even fired a gun. I’m just a person who takes the time to research a subject prior to so I don’t sound uneducated when I post comments.
22. The AR in “AR-15” rifle stands for ArmaLite rifle, after the company which developed it in the 1950s. “AR” does NOT stand for “assault rifle” or “automatic rifle.” “Assault weapon” is a political term created by California anti-gun legislators to ban some semi-automatic rifles in the 1980s. The AR-15-style rifle looks like a military rifle, Much like the M-16, but functions like other semi-automatic civilian sporting firearms, firing only one round with each pull of the trigger, and while these rifles may cosmetically look like military rifles, they do not function the same way. An assault rifle is fully automatic (machine gun) and automatic firearms have been severely restricted from civilian ownership since 1934. The AR-15 is a long gun, and can be tough to maneuver in tight quarters and is no more powerful than other hunting rifles of the same caliber and in most cases are chambered in calibers less powerful than common big-game hunting cartridges. The AR-15 is loud and sounds like a stick of dynamite going off inches away from your head but it doesn’t offer much stopping power for anything other than small game, they are today’s modern sporting rifle.
23. The “Target Hardening” approach actually makes things worse by changing students’ experience of school in ways suggesting violence rather than preventing it. Situational approaches, i.e. calling for increased security measures and surveillance, including armed police officers, stricter access control measures, and metal detectors would be expected to reduce such events in the future; however, as evidenced by having armed police officers who did absolutely nothing to thwart off the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. As it was, Deputy Scott Peterson resigned and subsequently retired after being suspended without pay as well as several other Broward County sheriffs’ deputies being investigated for having waited outside the building while an active shooter allegedly gunned down multiple people. Also, it’s important to note two of the deadliest school shootings, Columbine and Virginia Tech were not deterred by the presence of armed police.
These “Target Hardening” measures show they have little to no effect on school crime, and can increase the fear and anxiety of students and staff. Simply placing officers in a school adopting traditional law and order role has proven counterproductive transforming the school from a warm nurturing environment into a prison-like setting. Students’ perceptions of trust and caring decline, while perceptions the school is unsafe increase substantially.
24. The Bill of Rights and the Second Amendment are intended to guarantee certain rights be free from government infringement. Nothing in Article I, Section 8 grants the federal government the authority to regulate the private ownership of guns. The Second Amendment could vanish and the federal government would still NOT have the authority to regulate the right to bear arms.
25. After Columbine over 10,000 school police officers were hired just in case another school shooting happened. Two decades later, they haven’t stopped a single school shooting. Instead they’ve arrested over 1 million kids, mostly students of color for routine behavior violations.
26. There seem to be three kinds of people who want government to have all of the high-powered guns:
1) People who haven’t read history and don’t know about all the terrible, oppressive things done to disarmed populations;
2) People who have read history, but don’t think our government would ever do such terrible, oppressive things;
3) People who are okay with terrible, oppressive things being done (whether because of actual cruelty or the belief that those things won’t be done to them personally).
-Right now, in America people are marching to have their natural, inalienable rights revoked. Think about it, every tyrant in history is cheering from their graves and laughing at their stupidity.
-Most people advocating more gun control seem to fall into the category of #2, which is weird given how much that group also overlaps with the group focused on how terrible and oppressive Trump is. A lot of those folks are also quick to condemn endless war, mass incarceration, police brutality, and other notable bad government behavior.
27. Just a reminder: The same government that wants to disarm you is also involved in human trafficking abuse, drug smuggling, selling guns to terrorists, killing its own citizens and stealing all your money, labor and property.