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THE TRUTH ABOUT GUNS,
Jan 18, 2016
CRIME AND VIOLENCE
Guns make it easier to kill and injure people. Therefore, it is obvious to any fool that reducing the prevalence of guns will reduce the prevalence of death and injury.
But, what about people who aren't fools?
As with many issues, if a person cares enough about the issues of violence and liberty to actually make the effort of getting all the relevant facts about gun possession, it's no longer so obvious that guns are the bane of humanity. And there are a lot of really technical facts related to the costs and benefits, to us all, of private citizens possessing firearms.
As with other matters, the only way to clarify in the midst of a lot of confusing facts is to put in some effort to analyse the facts, and correlate them, and understand them.
This site is for people who care enough about violence, life, death, liberty and slavery to put in the effort to get the facts about gunsand then understand those facts. If you don't care enough to learn, please have the decency to avoid doing things that might eliminate the ability of others to protect themselves, their families, their neighbors, and youor might steal the liberty of our descendants.
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INTRO & SUGGESTIONS FOR USE (1/9/99) | WHAT'S NEW? | SITE INDEX
Generic description of CDC antigun propaganda mill studies by the U.S. medical community.
THE TRUTH ABOUT GUN CONTROL IN AUSTRALIA (unique to GunsAndCrime.org, including results and how it happened) (5/10/09, now that there is plenty of info to know for sure)
"ELIMINATE THOSE CROOKED GUN DEALERS!" (unique info updated 9/23/2k)
PREVALENCE OF UNSAFE GUN STORAGE (unique, updated 9/22/2k)
WHAT MOTHERS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT GUNS (6/23/99) [Spanish version].
The GOOD & BAD OF PRIVATE GUN POSSESSION (1/09/99)
WHY NOT BAN GUNS, LIKE ENGLAND? (5/3/99)
HIGHLIGHTS OF US DoJ STUDY ON CRIME IN THE US & IN ENGLAND & WALES (5/12/99)
See or download this report (pdf, 451kB) on a study by criminologist Gary Mauser of the Simon Fraser Inst. in BC, Canada. The study addressed the impact of extreme gun control measures in Australia, Canada & England, and compares those impacts with the situation in the US.
WHY NOT PREVENT ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING DEATHS BY REQUIRING GUNS TO HAVE "CHILDPROOF" SAFETIES AND "LOADED" INDICATORS? (unique to GunsAndCrime.org)
HOW OFTEN DO PEOPLE USE GUNS FOR PROTECTION? (rev 1/09/99)
THE ROLE OF STATISTICS IN THE GUN CONTROL DEBATE (3/12/99)
HOW MANY OF US HAVE GUNS? (1/17/2016) (More important to the debate than you would think!)
HOW SERIOUS IS THE VIOLENT CRIME PROBLEM (and what are the real causes and solutions)? (1/9/99)
AN ORIGINAL STUDY OF RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN"DEMOGRAPHIC" FACTORS & VIOLENT CRIME IN BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA (unique to GunsAndCrime.org)
AN ORIGINAL STUDY ADDRESSING SOME FACTORS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO THE PREVALENCE OF CCW PERMITS, AND TO THE PREVALENCE OF PERMIT REVOCATIONS, IN FLORIDA. (unique to GunsAndCrime.org)
HOW WELL DID THE 1994 FEDERAL CRIME LAW "ASSAULT WEAPONS" BAN WORK? (11/4/98) (dims talking in 2013 about bringing it back even more onerous)
TYPES OF GUNS (rev 1/09/99) | GUN "CALIBERS" (1/26/00)
ANALYSIS OF A GUN CONTROL GROUP(4/30/2k)
1/17/16 Updated and corrected the page on prevalence of firearms in the USA.
3/01/13 The medical community has probably managed to turn out some "studies" with the same fatal defects as for those studies done before congress slashed CDC's funding for gun studies. Added descriptions of generic medical community studies to illustrate their main, common problems.
6/22/09 Added & updated page on academic studies relating to the '96/'97 gun changes in Australia
6/22/09 Updated and augmented the page on the history of imposition of extreme gun control in Australia following the '96 "Port Arthur massacre" and updated the page on impacts of the changes now that enough "after" data is available to tell for sure what the impacts were.
5/7/09 Added info on the statistics page about "risk" and "risk factors" used in medical studies and medical gun control literature.
We once had a request for "who is the author of this site."
Most people choose to believe those who are part of their camp and disbelieve those who aren't. A "liberal" will believe whatever you say if he thinks you are part of a liberal organization. A "conservative" will believe if he thinks you are in a conservative organization. It's easier than reading and thinking for oneself.
People who can't or won't read our explanations and try to understand them will do like most and agree or disagree based on whether they think the authors are part of the "pro" camp or the "anti" camp. If the reader is anti-gun, he/she will know that anyone pro-gun must be biased and wrong.
Who authors this site is irrelevant. If you really care about truth, study the material and try to understand it. The logic stands on its own, but we will try to answer any question you ask. If you are honest with yourself and have enough sense to understand, you will agree or disagree based on the arguments, not upon who wrote them.
One of the original potential benefits of the internet was that someone producing a web site could incorporate content already published by someone else on a website simply by linking to it. This would enable a website author to provide good coverage of a topic without having to write it all. Unfortunately, the web masses constantly re-organize their sites so that linking to their content can't work for long. We will check our links and replace any that don't work with links only to the site home pages.
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