Statistics on an issue such as gun control are not hard to come by. The numbers seem to sway in the favor of gun control being ineffective against the epidemic of gun violence that is facing this nation today. There is evidence to support that many guns used for illegal activities are obtained by illegal means anyway, making laws to restrict the purchase of said guns ineffective at keeping firearms out of criminals hands. Evidence also supports the statements that guns are used in defense more often than not, that the age old statistic that “13” children die each day by guns is inaccurate, and that there are numbers that show the direct relationship between the loosening of gun laws and the lowering of the crime rate.
-Crime victims are more than twice as likely to walk away from an assailant unharmed if they use a gun in self defense (source 5)
-Women are 2.5 times less likely to be seriously injured if they resist attack with guns than if they do not resist (source 3)
-Potential victims use guns more than 2 million times a year to stop violent crimes (crimes are stopped by defensive use of guns more than five times as frequently as crimes are committed with guns) (source 2)
- Eighty-eight percent of violent crimes do not involve firearms. (Source 6)
-Most people that die looking down the barrel of a gun are killed by themselves, not by criminals (source 5)
-It is widespread that 13 children die per day from guns when the figure is closer to 1.9 children per day (source 2)
-Accidental deaths, though rumored to be frequent, are in actuality quite rare. 138 children under the age of 15 died from accidental gun deaths in 1996. (However, when you consider the fact that 80 million people own 240 million guns- 138 is really a small number) (source 2)
-Lott** studied crime rates in the 10 states that passed laws during the period of 1977 to 1994 allowing residents to carry concealed handguns. Violent crimes fell in nine out of the ten.
-45% of 4,000 recent arrestees in 11 cities in 1995 reported having obtained their guns through
the illegal firearms market (source 4)
-Despite Chicago’s 1982 ban on every type of gun, except shotguns and rifles, and the fact that it
has some of the most strict gun laws in the nation, it also boasts the highest number of murders in
the country, including New York, with nearly three times the population. (Source 3)
**: refers to John R. Lott Jr., a professor at the University of Chicago School of Law, and author of More Guns, Less Crime” Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws.
E.) The anecdotal evidence of this problem make it clear that those in favor of gun control laws are only hurting those who go by the rules, those who abide by the law.
-an 81 year old man named Bruno Kosinski. He was approached and attacked by two teenagers. They shoved him to the ground (pavement), sprayed him with pepper spray, and ripped his wallet from his pants. He...