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Gun facts

Gun facts

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Published by Chris Walker
Gun Facts is a free e-book that debunks common myths about gun control. It is intended as a reference guide for journalists, activists, politicians, and other people interested in restoring honesty to the debate about guns, crime, and the 2nd Amendment.

Gun Facts has 98 pages of information. Divided into chapters based on gun control topics (assault weapons, ballistic finger printing, firearm availability, etc.), finding information is quick and easy.

Each chapter lists common gun control myths, then lists a number of documented and cited facts (with nearly 500 detailed footnotes). Thus when a neighbor, editor or politician repeats some sound bite about firearm control policy, you can quickly find that myth then rebuke with real information.
Gun Facts is a free e-book that debunks common myths about gun control. It is intended as a reference guide for journalists, activists, politicians, and other people interested in restoring honesty to the debate about guns, crime, and the 2nd Amendment.

Gun Facts has 98 pages of information. Divided into chapters based on gun control topics (assault weapons, ballistic finger printing, firearm availability, etc.), finding information is quick and easy.

Each chapter lists common gun control myths, then lists a number of documented and cited facts (with nearly 500 detailed footnotes). Thus when a neighbor, editor or politician repeats some sound bite about firearm control policy, you can quickly find that myth then rebuke with real information.

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Published by: Chris Walker on Sep 18, 2010
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents..................................................................................................... i
 
Introduction..............................................................................................................v
 
Acknowledgements................................................................................................. vi
 
Assault Weapons......................................................................................................1
 Myth: Assault weapons are a serious problem in the U.S..........................................................1Myth: Every 48 Hours, An Analysis Of Assault Rifles Traced To Crime In Maryland............2Myth: One out of five police officers killed are killed with assault weapons............................3Myth: Assault weapons are favored by criminals.......................................................................3Myth: Assault weapons can be easily converted to machine guns.............................................4Myth: Assault weapons are used in 16% of homicides..............................................................4Myth: The 1994 (former) Federal Assault Weapons Ban was effective....................................4Myth: Nobody needs an assault weapon.....................................................................................5
Guns in other countries...........................................................................................6
 Myth: Countries with strict gun control have less crime............................................................6Myth: Britain has strict gun control and a low crime rate..........................................................8Myth: Gun control in Australia is curbing crime......................................................................11Myth: Japan has strict gun control and a less violent society...................................................11Myth: Gun bans elsewhere work..............................................................................................12Myth: The United States has the highest violence rate because of lax gun control.................12Myth: The United States is the source of 90% of drug syndicate guns in Mexico...................12Myth: Mexico seizes 2,000 guns a day from the United States................................................13Myth: Thousands of guns go into Mexico from the U.S. every day.........................................13
Licensing and registration.....................................................................................14
 Myth: Other countries register guns to fight crime...................................................................14Myth: Gun registration works...................................................................................................14Myth: Gun registration will help police find suspects..............................................................15Myth: Registration does not lead to confiscation.....................................................................15Myth: Licensing will keep bad people from obtaining or using guns......................................16Myth: Guns from the U.S. create crime in other countries.......................................................17
Ballistic “fingerprinting”.......................................................................................18
 Myth: Every firearm leaves a unique "fingerprint" that can pinpoint the firearm used...........18Myth: A database of ballistic profiles will allow police to trace gun crimes...........................19Myth: Ballistic imaging is used in Maryland and New York and solves many crimes............19Myth: A ballistic database is inexpensive to create/maintain...................................................20Myth: Police want a ballistic database......................................................................................20
Microstamping .......................................................................................................21
 Myth: Independent testing by forensic technologists shows the technology is reliable..........21Myth: Filing the firing pin will make the gun inoperable.........................................................21Myth: The cost per firearm will be cheap.................................................................................21Myth: The numbers will let police find the gun’s owner.........................................................22
Gun Facts Version 5.1 Page iCopyright 2008, Guy Smith www.GunFacts.info All Rights Reserved
 
 
The availability of guns .........................................................................................23
 Myth: The availability of guns causes crime............................................................................23Myth: Gun availability is what is causing school shootings.....................................................25Myth: Gun ownership is linked to higher homicide rates.........................................................25Myth: Handguns are 43 times more likely to kill a family member than a criminal................26
Guns and crime prevention...................................................................................27
 Myth: Private ownership of guns is not effective in preventing crime.....................................27Myth: Only police should have guns........................................................................................28Myth: You are more likely to be injured or killed using a gun for self-defense......................28Myth: Guns are not effective in preventing crime against women...........................................28
Crime and guns ......................................................................................................30
 Myth: Guns are not a good deterrent to crime..........................................................................30Myth: Private guns are used to commit violent crimes............................................................31Myth: High capacity, semi-automatics are preferred by criminals...........................................32Myth: Banning “Saturday Night Specials” reduces crime........................................................32Myth: Criminals prefer "Saturday Night Specials"..................................................................32Myth: Gun shows are supermarkets for criminals....................................................................33Myth: 25-50% of the vendors at most gun shows are “unlicensed dealers”.............................34Myth: Regulation of gun shows would reduce “straw sales”...................................................34Myth: Prison isn't the answer to crime control.........................................................................34Myth: Waiting periods prevent rash crimes and reduce violent crime rates............................35Myth: Gun makers are selling plastic guns that slip through metal detectors..........................35Myth: Machine guns are favored by criminals.........................................................................36
Police and guns.......................................................................................................37
 Myth: Police favor gun control.................................................................................................37Myth: Police are our protection - people don't need guns........................................................37Myth: The supply of guns is a danger to law enforcement.......................................................38Myth: “Cop Killer” bullets need to be banned.........................................................................38Myth: Teflon bullets are designed to penetrate police bullet-proof vests.................................38
Children and guns..................................................................................................39
 Myth: 13 children are killed each day by guns.........................................................................39Myth: School yard shootings are an epidemic..........................................................................40Myth: Trigger locks will keep children from accidentally shooting themselves......................40Myth: More than 1,300 children commit suicide with guns.....................................................41Myth: Guns in America spark youth violence..........................................................................42Myth: Stricter gun control laws could have prevented the Columbine massacre.....................42Myth: Children should be kept away from guns for their own safety......................................43Myth: More children are hurt with guns than by any other means...........................................43Myth: If it saves the life of one child, it is worth it..................................................................44
Accidental deaths...................................................................................................46
 Myth: Accidental gun fatalities are a serious problem.............................................................46Myth: Handguns are unsafe and cause accidents......................................................................47Myth: Innocent bystanders are often killed by guns.................................................................47
Gun Facts Version 5.1 Page iiCopyright 2009, Guy Smith www.GunFacts.info All Rights Reserved
 

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