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Old 11-07-2015, 08:47 PM
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What are your views on gun control? Legal aspects as well as personal and psychological ones.


My textbook states
"Berkowitz was not surprised that in the United States, a country with some
200 million privately owned guns, half of all murders are committed with handguns,
or that handguns in homes are far more likely to kill household members
than intruders.

“Guns not only permit violence,” he reported, “they can stimulate it
as well. The finger pulls the trigger, but the trigger may also be pulling the finger.”
Berkowitz is further unsurprised that countries that ban handguns have lower
murder rates. Compared with the United States, Britain has one-fourth as many
people and one-sixteenth as many murders.

The United States has 10,000 handgun
homicides a year; Australia has about a dozen, Britain two dozen, and Canada 100.
When Washington, D.C., adopted a law restricting handgun possession, the numbers
of gun-related murders and suicides each abruptly dropped about 25 percent.
No changes occurred in other methods of murder and suicide, nor did adjacent areas
outside the reach of this law experience any such declines (Loftin & others, 1991)."

"The ironic and
tragic result was that those who kept a gun in the home (often for protection) were
2.7 times as likely to be murdered—nearly always by a family member or a close
acquaintance (Kellermann, 1997; Kellermann & others, 1993).

Another study found
that the risk of suicide in homes with guns was 5 times as high as in homes without
them (Taubes, 1992). A newer national study found a slightly weaker, but still significant,
link between guns and homicide or suicide. Compared with others of the
same gender, age, and race, people with guns at home were 41 percent as likely to
be homicide victims and 3.4 times as likely to die of suicide (Wiebe, 2003). A gun in
the home has often meant the difference between a fight and a funeral, or between
suffering and suicide."



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What are your guys opinions on the shooting and the factt that the senate blocked all four measures?



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