99.999% of guns owned in America are not used for violence. Here are some objective stats.Submitted by ravin30000 on Sun, 12/16/2012 - 16:31
I originally posted this on Facebook, but I thought it might help you guys argue against anti-2nd Amendment folks (and man are there many). That said, I'm not a statistician or a mathematician, so if any of you folks who are see flaws in my logic, please feel free to enlighten me! Here's what I wrote:
"Okay, according to the Guardian (a foreign paper respected by all, yes?), there were 9,146 murders by guns in the U.S. in 2007:
That number was actually lower in 2011, but whatever:
So, divide that by the population of the United States (311,591,917 - 2011 U.S. Census) that amounts to .00003% of U.S. citizens dying at the hand of a firearm in 2007. A number which is lower now.
Oh no! Looks like we have a crazy gun murder epidemic people, time to ban them!
Next, divide the gun murder rate in 2007 by the 2007 total estimated number of civilian-owned firearms in this country (270,000,000). For the sake of argument, let's assume each murder was committed by three guns, (3 x 9146 = 27438), that means that of all the guns owned in this country in 2007 (or at least legally declared), .0001% of all guns owned were used to kill a U.S. citizen.
So really, it makes total sense to punish/over-regulate the hundreds of millions of law-abiding citizens who do not use the other 99.999% of firearms to kill people. (I know I'm excluding gun crimes that do not involve homicide, but that still indicates .0001% of guns are used for violence: http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/glance/tables/firearmnonfat...)
You may believe that no person should die at the hand of a gun and we should repeal the Second Amendment. But personally, I don't think it's worth sacrificing our right to defend ourselves against intruders/tyranny/zombies whatever, for the rare acts of murder perpetrated by criminals. And 80% of criminals in prison didn't even legally purchase their guns anyway: http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/guns.cfm "
I'd love to hear what you guys think, even if it's identifying flaws. Thanks!
More interesting facts:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/interactive/2012/jul... Pretty much all of South America has less citizen gun ownership than the U.S. and way more homicides. So clearly, there's a no correlation gun bans and less murders.
"Whether causative or not, the consistent international pattern is that more guns equal less murder and other violent crime. Even if one is inclined to think that gun availability is an important factor, the available international data cannot be squared with the mantra that more guns equal more death and fewer guns equal less death. Rather, if firearms availability does matter, the data consistently show that the way it matters is that more guns equal less violent crime." - From the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Spring 2007. http://www.law.harvard.edu/students/orgs/jlpp/Vol30_No2_Kate...
This site is great for raw gun facts: http://www.justfacts.com/guncontrol.asp
Just wanted to clarify that some of the conclusions I state in my Facebook post were meant to be sarcasm, in case anyone was confused. I'm definitely pro-2nd Amendment. :)