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They don't. While there are a lot of half-assed arguments (on both sides, to be fair), any serious statistical analysis that actually controls for variables comes down on the side of gun control. A good example of this is a recent meta-analysis of 130 studies from 10 countries which found: Evidence from 130 studies in 10 countries suggests that in ...


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There definitely are organizations that are counter. Brady is nearly as famous. The reason it's not as seemingly effective is due to the fact that - due to political structure of the United States - it is far more work to pass sweeping arms control legislation: any efforts that are pro-2d-amendment automatically have the "this is what Constitution says" ...


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In America gun ownership is a right with enshrined protections from government infringement established in the constitution. Now pause for a moment and consider how you might feel if something you consider to be a right was going to have competency requirements e.g. the vote or water. Going beyond the mindset and considering more practical matters An ...


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Americans hold that they have a right to bear arms. This is codified in the Second Amendment to the Constitution (the first ten amendments are called the "Bill of Rights") A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. In general, the government is not ...


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That's a somewhat specious argument, because the ability to illegally obtain weapons is made easier by lax gun laws, and the guns that make it to the illegal market, by and large, start out as firearms that are legally sourced from the manufacturer. The patchwork of gun laws means that states with the least restrictive laws for purchasing guns become the ...


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Labels like "conservative" versus "liberal" or "left" versus "right" are often applied to larger-scale political movements, parties or ways of thinking, without every single detail being thrown into the mix. The labels mean different things in different environments anyway: what is called "right wing conservative capitalist" in some European countries might ...


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The real problem with questions like this is in assuming that gun ownership is a cause rather than a symptom. I answered a similar question a year or two ago, but comparing Canada and USA, and mass killings rather than crime in general. But I think the same explanation applies. Why does the USA have mass killings in a seemingly scheduled basis, and ...


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As Vox explains it is directed at Senator Rubio, who has opposed the March and their movement, representing the value they believe he has placed on their lives by dividing the number of dollars he has received from the NRA by the number of school children purportedly harmed by his pro-gun stance: [T]hey came up with it by dividing the amount the National ...


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Whenever there is a test, there is someone who will administer the test. And there is a long history of abuse of such tests, e.g. literacy tests to restrict the franchise. How do you stop Jim Crow from saying "you failed" because he doesn't like your skin color? Follow-Up: As one might have guessed, the topic caused plenty of comments. Some have already ...


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Since Ronald Reagan, the Republican party has had three main pillars: A low tax, somewhat libertarian group. A pro-military group. A moral majority, pro-life group. The moral majority group is heavily based in rural areas where gun ownership is common. The pro-military group includes many current and former service members who own guns. The ...


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The short cynical answer? There is money to be made selling Guns. There is no money to be made by not selling guns. Money is what lobbyists are all about.


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It is very easy to get a gun illegally. Be a non-citizen/resident, minor, felon, or have been adjudicated to be insane Go to Texas Look for "deer stick", "bangs", "outdoor toy" on craigslist. Meet the seller on a gun range with cash and test that the gun works properly Don't tell him that you are 1. I did actually encounter someone who forgot 5) and told ...


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This has happened as recently as 2014 in Bunkerville, Clark County, Nevada. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bundy_standoff The 2014 Bundy standoff was an armed confrontation between supporters of cattle rancher Cliven Bundy and law enforcement following a 21-year legal dispute in which the United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM) obtained court orders ...


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It hasn't happened. The Second Amendment is a doomsday provision. It exists to protect the American people from government tyranny and oppression. The U.S. government has not exercised its power against the American people in what would be considered mass tyranny and oppression (e.g., Hitler's Germany, Stalin's Soviet Union, Castro's Cuba, Ceaușescu's ...


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From the details in the The Violence Project database. The following can be seen. In six incidents, armed civilians were present at the location. (Armed Police were present in 19 Incidents) out of 175 recorded incidents. The average number of people who were killed and injured in these 175 incidents are 7.18 dead and 11.6 injured. For shootings with an ...


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Yes, the constitution can be amended. In fact the second amendment is just that: an amendment. You can continue to add new amendments, even on existing amendments. This has actually already happened. The 18th amendment established Prohibition. After a short time the 18th amendment was repealed by the 21st amendment. So it is entirely possible to create a ...


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This mostly had to do with (as usual, confusing) political terminology and branding. "Liberal" in USA has several meanings, mainly, either (1) "classical liberal" (which in USA is typically branded as "libertarianism" - although it's still called plain "liberalism" in Europe where the term originated); and, wholly independently, (2) "political liberal" - ...


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I think you actually asked the wrong question. What you really want to know isn't how hard is it to get an illegal gun in the United States, but how hard is it to get a gun in a country with strict gun control laws. The answer is that buying an illegal handgun in Australia can cost as much as $15,000. So while you can get them, I wouldn't worry about ...


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Unfortunately, statistics based on actual events are not able to answer this question. A working hypothesis is that a higher rate of gun ownership among targets will discourage potential shooters from trying. Similarly, easier access to guns will encourage potential shooters to try. The policy can clearly be counter-productive if only partially implemented, ...


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Other answers addressed watchlist, but not "mental health" initiative. Basically, because "mental health" is entirely too subjective, politicised, and also fails due process. Examples: Up until 1987, homosexuality was considered a mental health disorder under DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the gold standard in USA). To make up ...


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The printable PDF on marchforourlives.com explains the meaning behind this symbol: There are 3,140,167* students enrolled in Florida. Marco Rubio has received $3,303,355** from the NRA. That comes out to $1.05 per student. ON MARCH 24TH WEAR THIS PRICE TAG TO PROTEST POLITICIANS WHO ACCEPT NRA BLOOD MONEY AND DEMAND THEY PASS MEANINGFUL GUN CONTROL ...


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There's a lot of panicked buying going on in general It's become a joke how much people are hoarding toilet paper (in the US, in particular, it wasn't hard to find before this). But hoarding things is part of a broader issue (emphasis mine) Australia has also suffered from panic buying of toilet paper despite plentiful domestic supply. A risk expert in the ...


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If you compare the European Union to the United States, the EU has less crime, including crimes that have nothing to do with guns. For example, there are fewer domestic knife assaults. These are crimes that are unlikely to be prevented by guns (unless one spouse would be walking around the house with a gun just in case the other spouse pulls a knife). ...


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The most recent event I can identify is the Battle of Athens. It was a direct confrontation with the corruption of the local government and efforts to rig the election to ensure the continuity of power. Recently returned veterans used their personal firearms to secure the ballot boxes and the court house, ensuring a free election.


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First off, the technical answer is "Because they don't have enough political support in Congress to pass". So now, let's explore some reasons why that is so, which is a far more interesting question. TL;DR: There are multiple reasons. Some are: Those efforts mostly don't solve the problem. They aren't likely to be effective if they are common sense and ...


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There are several factors that make this a very difficult question to answer definitively. What exactly is a "mass shooting"? What exactly does it mean to stop a mass shooting? How to account for mass shootings that are prevented by armed citizens, or even by the possibility that armed citizens will be present? Should other similar violent crimes ...


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I've listed 2 reasons in my answer which are probable reasons but may not be the only reasons. Firstly, gun rights are protected under the United States Constitution. The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution states that: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, ...


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