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If “more guns less crime”, how do gun advocates explain that the EU has less crime than the US?

As a naive European, I thought that the self-defense argument for guns in the US was mostly based on the high number of guns already in the country. In other words, I thought that the argument takes ...
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How are “Red Flag Laws” not a violation of Due Process protection?

Red Flag laws, aka Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO) are state laws that provide for a process of confiscating firearms that are accessible to persons, who by judicial order, are found to be ...
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How often do private-owned guns protect US-Americans

As far as I understand, the main argument for US-Americans having guns is to protect themselves. I am wondering if there are statistics which show How often a civilian US-American person saved his ...
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Why are machine guns not subject to Second Amendment protections? [duplicate]

There is an argument that any control of weapons in private hands is forbidden by the Second Amendment. However there are several gun control laws that are seemingly unchallenged. Getting a tank with ...
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What part of the Firearm Owners' Protection Act prohibits a ballistics database?

An audit by the ATF in 2005 in regard to NIBIN (National Integrated Ballistic Information Network) states: Finally, we found that the ATF had established minimal controls to ensure that ballistic ...
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What reasoning is being used to differentiate firearms in the Jan 2019 proposed law?

The Jan 9, 2019 proposed law (https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/a/4/a46156b5-9337-4193-95db-d381bc3c6fe3/E12DA96F0D3C33D8F714C5E186B1CD38.awb.pdf) is signed by many Democratic ...
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Why do proponents of guns oppose gun competency tests?

Many people on the right who are in favor of the right to own guns do so based on reasons such as safety. For example, in the wake of pretty much any mass shooting, you will have people come out and ...
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How easy is it to get a gun illegally in the United States?

One argument against gun control is: Gun control only hurts law-abiding citizens. A person intent on doing harm will simply just acquire it illegally. And so my question is, how good is this ...
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Is there any regulation meant to limit coverage of mass shootings? Are any politicians pushing for such ideas?

The recent mass shootings in the United States were widely covered by the media. It isn't a new observation that the extensive coverage of such events aid in the popularization of the killer and also ...
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Do any Democratic presidential candidates support banning semi-automatic weapons?

In the aftermath of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida last year, there were a lot of calls on the left to ban all semi-automatic weapons. This post is an example of that. My question is, have ...
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What was the Manchin-Toomey Amendment amending?

Wikipedia says this about the Manchin-Toomey Amendment: The Manchin-Toomey Amendment was a bi-partisan piece of legislation that would require background checks on most private party firearm sales, ...
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Why is gun control associated with the socially liberal Democratic party?

In America, during the past few years (when I started to actually follow politics), gun control has been something that Republican politicians are almost all very strongly against, while it is ...
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Why are US gun laws so lax? [duplicate]

The gun politics in the USA are unusually lax compared to most other first world countries. Why are they like this?
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What arguments do proponents of the second amendment use to conclude that gun ownership helps protect the people against the government?

It is said the reason for the second amendment to the US constitution is protection from an oppressive government. Should push come to shove, although hugely outnumbered in personnel numbers, the US ...
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Could the police be sued for failing to protect citizens in countries where gun ownership is severely restricted?

The US Supreme Court ruled in Town of Castle Rock v. Gonzales and DeShaney v. Winnebago County that the police could not be sued for failing to protect citizens, as no such constitutional obligation ...
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How much of an influence did Port Arthur have on New Zealand?

New Zealand has announced it will change its gun laws in the wake of the massacre against attendees of two mosques. As an Australian, I’m surprised that New Zealand didn’t change its laws after the ...
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What are the motivations for being against the latest House Bill on Gun Reform?

The H.R.8 - Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 cleared the house with some, albeit small, bipartisan support and earned the ire of progressive democrats. The bill started out as, it appears, a ...
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Is gun control in line with EU's principle of subsidiarity?

On a lecture, I've heard the EU institutions don't have the right to change laws already in place in the member states, so I tried to investigate what could it relate to and found that the principle ...
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U.S. constitution 2nd amendment and state militias

Was the Second Amendment right to bear arms intended to preserve state militias?
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Off-duty policewoman shoots armed robber [closed]

Recently in Brazil, an armed thief tried to robber several mothers and children at the exit of a school during Mother's day. However, an off-duty policewoman shoot three times in his chest and he died ...
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Treating gun control like types of driver licenses, i.e. Class A, B, C, D, M, and V

I'm just curious if there is an organization that is active that is trying to implement a gun-control system akin to the hierarchy of driving privileges? For example, an initial level that gives ...
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What is the meaning of $1.05 as seen at March For Our Lives?

At the March for our Lives rally, the podium has a sticker - $1.05. It seems unusual to me, a non-American. What is its meaning?
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How many US states legislatures would currently support an amendment restricting the ownership of guns? [closed]

In order to seriously change the existing gun laws in the US, an amendment would be required for the US Constitution that would partially or fully override the 2nd amendment. But in order to pass such ...
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Is there any data on the % of Americans that have purchased a gun at some point in their lives?

Given the current politically charged conversations going on about guns, ownership, background checks, etc., one would expect knowledge about the issues to be growing. That being said, it seems that ...
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Why did Trump suddenly flip on the gun issue? [closed]

Trump seems to have suddenly changed his position on guns completely (source). What is the cause of this sudden change in position? And why now? In a meeting with lawmakers, President Trump ...
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When was the Second Amendment last used to fight against the US government to protect people's freedom?

I was not born in the USA, and I am trying to understand the Second Amendment. My big question is: When was the last time US citizens made use of the Second Amendment and fought against the US ...
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Possible alternative reasons for the high rate of gunfire victims in the United States

After each massacre conducted with a gun in the US, there is the typical discussion what to do to prevent more of these incidents. Currently, to not much of an avail. From a European perspective (...
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Libertarian perspective: America's gun laws and the Florida high school shooting [closed]

Every time such massacres happen, leftists try to push the gun control debate using emotional appeal and libertarians try to defend the right to bear arms based on reason (ex: tyrannical governments, ...
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Why is the UK so strongly opposed to private ownership of guns?

Here in Czech Republic any citizen can pass a relatively simple test and receive a license to carry a handgun in public in a concealed manner. On the other hand another member of the EU - the UK is ...
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Are concealed carry permit and drivers licenses analogous? [closed]

In the ongoing debate around the National Reciprocity bills moving in Congress, many of the proponents for gun rights attempt to draw an analogy between concealed carry permit and drivers licenses. Is ...
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Official reasons for locking guns and ammunition up separately

In many European countries (like Germany or the UK), gun owners are legally required to store their guns unloaded and lock their guns and ammunition up in separate safes. In some of those countries, ...
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Why is there no effective anti-gun lobby in the United States?

The National Rifle Association appears to be a very powerful lobby in the United States which seems to be very successful at preventing anti-gun legislation. Nevertheless, it would appear to be quite ...
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What do gun opponents in the US say regarding the balance between security and the freedom to own guns? [closed]

Right-wing gun activists in America are constantly talking about how banning guns is against the 2nd amendment and how America needs even more guns to help people defend themselves in case of an armed ...
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Do any Republicans oppose banning bump fire stocks?

A bump fire stock, also known as a bump stock, is a device that effectively turns a semiautomatic weapon into an automatic weapon, also known as a machine gun. Automatic weapons are banned in the ...
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Is gun violence in the US mostly limited to people involved in property/violent crime?

This follows a question of mine on expatriates.SX: I may move to the US, but I'm kind of scared of the gun violence One of the answers there suggests that US gun violence is not as bad as the ...
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Under the US 2nd Amendment, are there limits to the size or type of firearm? [closed]

Are state of the art artillery pieces included, ICBMs, or the private ownership of nuclear weapons? If not, where is the limit in size and firepower drawn?
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What motives do those supporting gun control assign to the NRA?

Related to this question, asking about the motivations of the NRA, it seems appropriate to look into what the opposition says about the NRA. What motivations have those who support gun control assign ...
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What is the motivation for the NRA

After watching the Veep episode, where the NRA helps Jonah win an election, I wanted to know what the real motivation behind the NRA is. Is it driven by a true belief in the second amendment or are ...
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Why are Weapon Restriction Laws considered Liberal?

Why are Weapon Restriction Laws, such as Gun Control Laws, considered liberal, while a lack of restrictions is considered conservative? In most cases, it appears that laws and policies which grant ...
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Could the second amendment be, well, amended? [duplicate]

Considering the criticism from some regarding the Second Amendment and gun control laws, supposing Americans voted that they didn't want the second amendment anymore or wanted it changed (by majority ...
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Why is there a gun amnesty in Australia? (2017)

There is currently a gun amnesty run by the federal government. What motivated the gun amnesty? Who motivated it? What is the objective? Is it likely to achieve the objective? How much is it likely ...
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Why don't governments recognize each other's gun permits?

Even the world's most gun-favoring country (the USA) doesn't have full reciprocity for gun permits between its states. Likewise none of the EU states recognize each other's gun permits, even though ...
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Are there any government policies that meaningfully influence mass shootings per capita?

Which states have the most mass shootings per capita? Which states have the least? Mass Shooting: FOUR or more shot and/or killed in a single event [incident], at the same general time and location ...
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Why are gun restrictions based on terror watch list and mental health so controversial in the US?

The latest (but not recent) episode I remember is this vote from June 2016, when the US senate rejected restrictions on sale of weapons to people on the terror watch list. These are people that the ...
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How many people were saved by guns? [closed]

One of the arguments for (more) gun legalization is that it saves many people, or at least it prevents many many crimes. Although this is not the end of the argument, it needs to be considered. Is ...
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State law placing gun owners in a database

As per the article regarding Hawaii placing its gun owners in a database and some of the below quoted text from it, I could see this being a growing trend on a state by state basis. Question Could ...
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What are the political obstacles for gun control legislation in the United States?

Why do efforts to reform rules about buying and selling firearms in the U.S. always fail after mass shootings?
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Does substantive due process apply to the Second Amendment?

The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution states, in part, "No person shall be ... deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law." Since the 1930's, the Supreme Court ...
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What is the distribution of small arms in civil populations?

Based on the number of questions that come up about gun control (c.f. Has gun violence decreased in states with open carry laws?, Gun prevalence vs homicide rates - correlation and causation, and Same ...
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When was the last American political convention that allowed people to bring guns?

There is a petition to allow guns at the Republican convention. When was the last political convention (Democrat or Republican) that allowed people to bring guns?