DH-Aug 30th 1997 Josiah - 6/3/02 Isaac 7/31/03
You cannot deduce that if 50% of criminals are repeat offenders that means 50% of crimes are committed by repeat offenders.
Two different things.
15 Things to Know About Australia's Incredibly Effective Gun Clampdown - NationalJournal.com
I guess the big difference between us an Australia is that when Australia saw that guns were making their society unsafe for their youngest members, they reacted with revulsion towards guns and got rid of them. When we see that guns are making our society unsafe, apparently our answer is to stockpile more guns.
I'm leaving now to go start the enrollment process for T to attend kindergarten next year. As both the mother of a soon-to-be public school system, and the wife of a public school teacher, the idea of putting more guns in public schools makes me sick to my stomach. I say this with the absolute belief that if my DH's school were under attack, he would put himself in harm's way to protect his students. That is terrifying to me, but I still don't favor (at ALL) the idea of putting a gun in my DH's hands and putting him in a position to face blame or blame himself if he couldn't stop it, or accidentally shooting a student in the chaos, or even having an unrelated accident in class. No thanks.
Read more: Why I'm against gun control | The Daily CallerGun-control advocates in this country like to cite Australia’s 1996 gun-control law as proof that gun control works. Actually, it’s unclear whether gun control has worked for Australia. Studies show mixed results, and while Australia’s homicide rate has fallen since the late 1990s, so has America’s. In any case, it’s an apples-and-oranges comparison: the personal gun ownership rate in Australia in 1996 was 7%; the personal gun ownership rate in America today is 34%.
http://www.ssaa.org.au/capital-news/...un-buyback.pdfThe 1996-97 National Firearms Agreement (NFA) in Australia introduced strict gun
laws, primarily as a reaction to the mass shooting in Port Arthur, Tasmania in 1996,
where 35 people were killed. Despite the fact that several researchers using the same
data have examined the impact of the NFA on firearm deaths, a consensus does not
appear to have been reached. In this paper, we re-analyze the same data on firearm
deaths used in previous research, using tests for unknown structural breaks as a means
to identifying impacts of the NFA. The results of these tests suggest that the NFA did
not have any large effects on reducing firearm homicide or suicide rates.
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Granddaughters Kylie 10/18/2010 & Aleya 4/22/2013
I never consider a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosopy, as a cause for withdrawing from a friend. --Thomas Jefferson
The United States obsession with guns and violence is sickening to me. The fact that our children are 20 times more likely to be hurt in gun violence makes me physically ill.
Dh and I are actually researching places with stricter gun laws and higher quality of life. We are not ruling out moving. I don't want to live in a country where people try to defend the ownership of assault rifles. The fact that a person in the US gets shot ever 20 minutes is hideous.
DD 8.03, DD 6.05, DS 3.07, DD 5.09, and DS arrived 6.17.12
I do support the right of a sane, law abiding citizen owning a gun or a militia stock piling guns as a defence against a government take over or another country invasion. I just think you need to be very responsible with them.