Recent Connecticut/Sandy Hook and Aurora shootings notwithstanding the Gun Lobby is relentless in thwarting any move to amend or restrict Gun control Laws i n The US.
I posted a Blog on how dangerous the Gun Laws are.
If the Society has not evolved from the fear Psychosis of the Civil War, and has antediluvian Laws Governing Gun Control, one should be happy that there are no shoot outs on a Daily Basis.
Guns and Armaments and The US.
Look at these figures .http://ramanan50.wordpress.com/2012/12/18/gun-laws-surprising-why-more-shootings-are-not-in-us/
The most powerful gun lobby in the United States stood firm on Monday against any additionalrestraints on firearms and ammunition sales - despite a national outcry in the wake of theSandy Hook school massacre.
Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice-president of the National Rifle Association, said on Sundaythat planned legislation to outlaw military-style assault weapons and large-capacity magazineswas ”phony” and would not work.
He repeated the NRA’s call to place an armed guard in every school and argued thatprosecuting criminals and fixing the mental health system, rather than gun control, were thesolutions to America’s mass shooting epidemic.
On Dec 14, a disturbed local man, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, killed his mother in their Newtown,Connecticut, home before embarking on a horrific shooting spree at an elementary school.
He blasted his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School and shot dead 20 6- and 7-year oldchildren and six adults with a military-style assault rifle before taking his own life with a handgunas police closed in.
The bloodshed, the latest in a string of mass shootings in the US, has reopened a nationaldebate on the country’s gun laws, which are far more lax than in most other developed nations.
US President Barack Obama said he would support a new bill to ban assault rifles, and putVice-President Joe Biden in charge of a panel looking at a wide range of other measures, fromschool security to mental health.
Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein has pledged to table a bill on Jan 3 that would ban at least100 military-style semi-automatic assault weapons, and would curb the transfer, importationand the possession of such arms.
“I think that is a phony piece of legislation, and I do not believe it will pass for this reason,”LaPierre told NBC’s Meet the Press. “It is all built on lies that have been found out.”(china Daily.com)
Not content with this Statistics is bandied about as to how Guns are not an important factor in Mass Shootings.
“While the mainstream media obsesses over the possibility of gun control in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, a new study puts such incidents, and the idea of anti-Second Amendment legislation, into stark context.
Statistics on US Homicides.
Research published in USA Today stemming from FBI data, reveals that over a five year period ranging from 2006 to 2010, mass killings accounted for only a tiny fraction of homicides, less than 1% to be precise.
The research found that during that time, there were 156 incidents in which four or more people were killed – the classification of a mass killing.
1. Shooting sprees are not rare in the United States.
Mother Jones has tracked and mapped every shooting spree in the last three decades. “Since 1982, there have been at least 61 mass murders carried out with firearms across the country, with the killings unfolding in 30 states from Massachusetts to Hawaii,” they found. And in most cases, the killers had obtained their weapons legally:
2. 15 of the 25 worst mass shootings in the last 50 years took place in the United States.
Time has the full list here. In second place is Finland, with two entries.
3. Lots of guns don’t necessarily mean lots of shootings, as you can see in Israel and Switzerland.*
As David Lamp writes at Cato, “In Israel and Switzerland, for example, a license to possess guns is available on demand to every law-abiding adult, and guns are easily obtainable in both nations. Both countries also allow widespread carrying of concealed firearms, and yet, admits Dr. Arthur Kellerman, one of the foremost medical advocates of gun control, Switzerland and Israel ‘have rates of homicide that are low despite rates of home firearm ownership that are at least as high as those in the United States.’”
*Correction: The info is out-of-date, if not completely wrong. Israel and Switzerland have tightened their gun laws substantially, and now pursue an entirely different approach than the United States. More details here. I apologize for the error.
4. Of the 11 deadliest shootings in the US, five have happened from 2007 onward.
That doesn’t include Friday’s shooting in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. The AP put the earlyreported death toll at 27, which would make it the second-deadliest mass shooting in US history.
5. America is an unusually violent country. But we’re not as violent as we used to be.
Kieran Healy, a sociologist at Duke University, made this graph of “deaths due to assault” in the United States and other developed countries. We are a clear outlier.
Deaths Due to Assault Graphics
Arguments ping ponging like this, as I said earlier in my post,one is surprised at why there are less killings in the US!
Statistics quoted at the top of the blog is like showing the Statistics of people not affected with Cancer and saying that the threat of Cancer is negligible and medication is unnecessary!