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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Connect The Dots On Gun Control And CNN Polling Results (VIDEO)

Connect The Dots USA...Gun Control?


After more than three years since 20 first-graders were gunned down at Sandy Hook and the do-nothing, NRA-bought Republicans (along with a few Dems) continuing to block any small effort to curb gun violence, President Obama recently announced some common-sense executive actions to promote firearm safety:
• Expand the background check requirement to include more sellers — especially online and gun show sellers.
(95% of Democrats, 87% of Republicans and 92% of gun owners support closing this gigantic, illogical loophole).

• Hiring more ATF agents to enforce our existing gun laws (because having a law on the books does not mean you have enough resources to enforce it adequately).
• Tightening rules to report and track stolen guns.
• Make it easier to include mental health records in background checks.
pld keep bad guys or children from being able to fire a gun that isn't theirs.

As with most complex societal problems, there won’t be any full-proof solution that will end all gun violence, but we can and must do a lot better than the status quo. It's a routine tragedy that every day in the U.S., an average of 90 people die from gun violence — 31 from intentional homicide, 58 from suicide, and at least one from accidents. Eight of those 90 gunshot fatalities are children or teenagers. Then there are the average 219 non-fatal gun injuries per day, which often still wreak havoc on people’s lives and livelihood.

America is awash in guns. We have almost as many civilian firearms as people. While there is no official registry keeping count, estimates range from 270 million to 320 million firearms. The U.S. comprises only 5% of the world’s population but owns 50% of the world’s civilian guns. If more guns were the answer...

Gun ownership is now concentrated in only 34% of U.S. households, down from 50% of households in the 1970s. The fact that two-thirds of the guns are owned by only 20% of the households shows that gun manufacturers are marketing and selling to an ever shrinking base of repeat customers. Remember that when you hear that gun and ammunition sales are soaring. It’s not that a lot of new people are running out to get a gun for protection. Rather, it’s the same ol’ paranoid crowd stockpiling for “black helicopter” day. And as we’ve recently seen with the armed, right-wing terrorists in the Oregon wildlife refuge standoff, they are hardly “good guys” with guns. On the contrary, they are criminal thugs/terrorists threatening to shoot police and federal authorities if they try to enforce the law.

Also shocking is the sheer number of bullets and amount of carnage that an AR-15 type weapon and/or high-capacity ammunition clip can accomplish. Compare 45 shots in a minute to the 3 to 4 rounds that a musket could fire at the time the Second Amendment was written.

CNN on American polling results related to President Obama's executive action on gun control.

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