Less than 20% of guns used in violent crimes are store purchased. Studies other than the one linked sometimes put this figure as low as 3%. 89 percent of federal firearm offenders were legally disqualified from owning guns, typically because of a felony record.
Bladed weapons are used about three times more often to commit homicide.
Murders and self-defense killings by police and civilians combined are less than suicides.
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Gun prohibition would be less effective than abortion, alcohol, drug, and prostitution prohibition. Worse is that violent criminals would be the least impacted and those trying to lawfully protect themselves would be more disadvantaged
Gun Control has a long colorful history in the USA. By which I mean a very racist history. From the Dredd Scott decision, to the Black Codes, to the massacre at Wounded Knee, to the Mulford Act of 1967 in response to armed Black Men. In the 1990s after Koreans defended their property and their lives in Los Angeles riots we saw more proposed gun control. Now we have soaring first time gun ownership rates among women and black americans and the conversation once again turns to gun control.
When did gun control stop being racist? When did gun control organizations distance and differentiate themselves from racist attempts to disarm minorities?
As I doorbell across our communities I see it similarly. Our less urban conservative neighborhoods and our urban communities of color share longer police response times and they want access to the tools of self-defense. In wealthier and whiter neighborhoods police response times are fast and people ask for me to restrict non-police officers from having firearms. Two years ago there were protests in the streets about police violence and we just watched the Uvalde police stand outside a school for an hour and assisted the murder of children. So I unequivocably stand against the idea that "only the police should have guns". I will take a strong stance against criminals who inititate violence and I will be an ally to those who want the tools to defend their communities from those who would initiate violence.
It provides additional safety for our communities when people with evil intent are afraid that those they would victimize could fight back.
The Right of the Individual to keep and bear arms in defense of their self and their community is an essential right. Which ever group controls the government by majority has the weapons of government to defend themselves with. But the right to bear arms is one of the most essential rights of minorities.
I oppose the prosecution of individuals for exercising their rights of self-defense. I accept that people may restrict I oppose government restricting, registering, or monitoring the ownership, manufacture, or transfer of firearms, ammunition, or firearm accessories except to determine that the individuals doing so are not known to have aggresive intent.