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Gun Violence -- Let's Shift the Odds in Favor of the Good Guys!

Dr_Zinj Wrote: Dec 20, 2012 9:14 AM
America is a violent environment. Ownership, and use, of private fireams acquired and used under current rules keeps a lid on that violence. The absence of firearms invites criminal activity in firearm free or restricted zones, and inhibits prevention of violence. Mark my words. If we increase regulation and restrictions on ammunition and firearm ownership and use, we WILL increase the number of deaths from firearms AND other forms of criminal violence. We've been dropping the homicide rate for over a decade with massively increased gun ownership. Don't give in to fear and knee-jerk reaction to condemn guns. Unless you'd rather see nearly half a million dead each year instead of only 14,000.

The unimaginable horror of Sandy Hook jumpstarts another "national conversation" about firearm violence. President Barack Obama, promising "meaningful action," said: "We will have to change. ... We can't tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end."

Let's examine four of the "commonsense" measures frequently proposed by "gun control advocates":

One, closing the "gun show loophole." What gun show loophole? Restricted from selling at guns shows prior to 1986, a licensed dealer today requires a background check whether he sells guns at a store, a gun show or the back of his SUV.

Two, banning "high-capacity" magazines. One of...