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The Truth About Guns

Schism Wrote: Aug 04, 2012 9:08 PM
Wouldn't it make more sense to come up with legislation that would get or keep guns in the hands of people who would STOP mass murderers at their first or second victim, thereby preventing them from becoming "mass" murderers? Oh, wait, most states have already done that...

The tragedy in Aurora, Colorado, has led to a lot of unfortunate misinformation about firearms. Let's try to add some facts to the justified emotion.

Are Some Guns More Dangerous than Others? The shooter in Aurora had three firearms when he entered the theater: a pump action shotgun, a semiautomatic rifle and a semiautomatic handgun.

In a closed, crowded setting like a movie theater, the shotgun was probably the most lethal of the three. Every shotgun shell can spray a half-dozen or more pellets, each capable of killing or maiming a person. Twelve-gauge shotguns often fire five shells, and...