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Shooting from the hip facts and opinions about guns
Shooting from the hip: Facts and Opinions about guns

A Seminar Presentation and Forum brought to you by Amanda Brown, Megan Even, and the IPSSJ at the Adler School of Professional Psychology


Overview
overview

  • Presentation of facts about gun laws and legislation in the United States followed by discussion

  • Opinions are welcomed and we encourage respectful discourse

  • It is our sincere hope to get away and stay away from gun polarization and conduct a constructive listening session/discussion


2 nd amendment
2nd Amendment

  • 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.

    Bill of Rights Transcript Text. (n.d.). National Archives and Records Administration. Retrieved from

    http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights_transcript.html


Guns in the united states
Guns in the united states

  • In the United States in 2009, there were a total of 310 million nonmilitary firearms.

Roberts, A. (2012, August 9). By the numbers: Guns in America - CNN.com. CNN.com - Breaking News, U.S., World, Weather, Entertainment & Video News. Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2012 /08/09/politics/btn-guns- in-america


Guns in the united states1
Guns in the united states

  • According to ATF reports, in 2010 there were 5,459,240 new firearms manufactured in the United States, nearly all (95 percent) for the U.S. market.

    • An additional 3,252,404 firearms were imported to the United States.

      ABC News (2012, August 25). Guns in America, a Statistical Look - ABC News. ABCNews.com - Breaking News, Latest News & Top Video News - ABC News. Retrieved from http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/08/guns-in-america-a-statistical-look/


Number of homicides annually
Number of homicides annually

  • Guns were used in 11,078 homicides in the U.S. in 2010

    • Comprising almost 35% of all gun deaths

    • Over 68% of all homicides

      Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence – Gun Law Information Experts. (2012, November 16). Law Center

      to Prevent Gun Violence – Gun Law Information Experts. Retrieved from http://smartgunlaws.org/gun-deaths-and-injuries-statistics/


Number of homicides annually1
Number of homicides annually

  • On average, 33 gun homicides were committed each day for the years 2005-2010.

    Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence – Gun Law Information Experts. (2012, November 16). Law Center

    to Prevent Gun Violence – Gun Law Information Experts. Retrieved from http://smartgunlaws.org/gun-deaths-and-injuries-statistics/


Number of homicides annually2
Number of homicides annually

  • Regions and states with higher rates of gun ownership have significantly higher rates of homicide than states with lower rates of gun ownership.

    Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence – Gun Law Information Experts. (2012, November 16). Law Center

    to Prevent Gun Violence – Gun Law Information Experts. Retrieved from http://smartgunlaws.org/gun-deaths-and-injuries-statistics/


Number of suicides annually
Number of suicides annually

  • Firearms were used in 19,392 suicides in the U.S. in 2010, constituting almost 62% of all gun deaths.

    • Over 50% of all suicides are committed with a firearm.

    • On average, 49 gun suicides were committed each day for the years 2005-2010.

      Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence – Gun Law Information Experts. (2012, November 16). Law Center

      to Prevent Gun Violence – Gun Law Information Experts. Retrieved from http://smartgunlaws.org/gun-deaths-and-injuries-statistics/


Total number of gun deaths
Total number of gun deaths

  • In 2010, guns took the lives of 31,076 Americans in homicides, suicides and unintentional shootings.

    Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence – Gun Law Information Experts. (2012, November 16). Law Center

    to Prevent Gun Violence – Gun Law Information Experts. Retrieved from http://smartgunlaws.org/gun-deaths-and-injuries-statistics/


Average firearms worldwide
Average firearms worldwide

Khazan, O. (2012). Here’s how U.S. gun violence compares with the rest of the world. The

Washington Post. Retrieved from http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2012/12/14/schoo-shooting-how-do-u-s-gun-homicides-compare-with-the-rest-of-the-world/


Homicides by firearms worldwide
Homicides by firearms worldwide

Khazan, O. (2012). Here’s how U.S. gun violence compares with the rest of

the world. The Washington Post. Retrieved from http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2012/12/14/schoo-shooting-how-do-u-s-gun-homicides-compare-with-the-rest-of-the-world/


Firearm deaths in developed world
Firearm deaths in developed world

Fisher, M. (2012). Chart: The U.S. has far more gun-related killings than any other

developed country. The Washington Post. Retrieved from http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/files/2012/12/firearm-OECD-UN-data3.jpg


Gun deaths in the united states
Gun deaths in the united states

Stickings, M. (2012). Horror in Conneticut; a violent, gun-obsessed America gone mad. The Reaction. Retrieved from

http://the-reaction.blogspot.com/2012/12/horror-in-connecticut-violent-gun.html


The brady act
The Brady Act

  • Under the Brady Act, you cannot have a gun for personal or pleasure if you:

    • Were convicted of a crime punishable by being in prison for more than one year

    • Are a fugitive from justice

    • Are addicted to, or illegally use, any controlled substance

    • Have been ruled mentally defective by a court, or are committed to a mental institution

    • Are an illegal alien living in the United States unlawfully

    • Received a dishonorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces

    • Renounced your U.S. citizenship, if you are a U.S. citizen

    • Are subject to a court restraining order that involves your ‘intimate partner, your partner’s child, or children

    • Were convicted of domestic violence in any court of a misdemeanor

      FindLaw (2013). Gun Laws - FindLaw. Accidents and Injuries - FindLaw. Retrieved from http://injury.findlaw.com/product-liability/gun-laws.html?DCMP=GOO-INJ_DefectProdBoardModifier- Gun&HBX_PK=+gun++control++legislation


Conceal and carry
Conceal and carry

  • Shall Issue

    • State sets specified baseline requirements and upon completion, a law-abiding citizen shall be granted a permit to carry a weapon

  • Discretionary/Reasonable Issue

    • State has some discretion but generally grants permits

  • No Permit Required

    • State allows law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms for lawful purposes

  • Rights Restricted- Very Limited Issue

    • Government has complete discretion over issuance, where that discretion is normally used to deny issuance

  • Non-issue

    • State law completely prohibits carrying firearms outside of the home or place of business

NRA-Institute for Legislative Action. (2013). Gun laws. Retrieved from http://www.nraila.org/gun-laws.aspx.


Current legislation
Current Legislation

  • Only 6 states require the registration of a handgun

  • District of Columbia is the only area in the United States requiring the registration of shotguns and rifles

  • Only 12 states require you have a permit to purchase a handgun

  • No states require a permit to purchase a shotgun or rifle

NRA-Institute for Legislative Action. (2013). Gun laws. Retrieved from http://www.nraila.org/gun-laws.aspx.


Grading state gun laws
Grading state gun laws

Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. (2012). Gun laws matter: Understanding the link between weak laws and gun violence. Retrieved from http://smartgunlaws.org/gun-laws-matter-2012-understanding-the-link-between-weak-laws-and-gun-violence/

map of top ten highest


Gun laws and death rates
Gun laws and death rates

Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. (2012). Gun laws matter: Understanding the link between weak laws and gun violence. Retrieved from http://smartgunlaws.org/gun-laws-matter-2012-understanding-the-link-between-weak-laws-and-gun-violence/

map of top ten highest


Castle doctrine stand your ground law
Castle doctrine/Stand-your-ground law

  • CASTLE DOCTRINE (No duty to retreat, if in home)

    • Person must be inside of his or her home

    • Victim must be attempting to commit or have committed an unlawful entry into the defendant’s home

    • Prove that the use of deadly force was reasonable

    • Duty to retreat

  • STAND-YOUR-GROUND LAWS (No duty to retreat, regardless of location)

    • Person has no duty or other requirement to abandon a place in which he or she has the right to legally be

      Free Advice (n.d.). Castle Doctrine. Criminal Law - Lawyers, Attorneys, & Free Legal Information. Retrieved from http://criminal-law.freeadvice.com/criminal-law/violent_crimes/castle-doctrine.htm


Illinois castle doctrine
Illinois castle doctrine

  • Use of deadly force justified

  • Specific legislation prevents filing claim against defender of dwelling

  • Illinois has no requirement of retreat

Illinois General Assembly (2013). . Illinois General Assembly Home Page. Retrieved from http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs4.asp?DocName=072000050H Art.+7&ActID=1876&ChapAct=720


Obama on gun control
Obama on gun control

  • There are 4 key areas that President Obama’s proposal touches on:

    • Law Enforcement

    • Availability of Dangerous Firearms and Ammunition

    • School Safety

    • Mental Health

      Stein, S., & Rudolf, J. (2013, January 17). Obama Gun Control Proposals Unveiled, Marking Biggest Legislative Effort In A Generation. Breaking News and Opinion on The Huffington Post. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/16/obama-gun-control-proposals_n_2486919.html


Mental health
Mental health

  • Provide $55 million for new initiative (Project AWARE) to make sure students get treatment for mental health issues

  • Provide $25 million for state-based strategies supporting individuals ages 16-25 with mental health or substance abuse issues

  • Provide $25 million to offer students mental health services for trauma or anxiety

  • Provide $50 million to train 5,000 additional mental health professionals serving children and young adults

    White House (2013, January 16). Obama's gun-control proposals - The Washington Post. Washington Post: Breaking News, World, US, DC News & Analysis. Retrieved from http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp- srv/special/politics/obama-gun-proposals/index.html


Anecdotes to think about
Anecdotes to think about

  • A retired New York police captain mistook his 37-year-old son for an intruder, shooting and killing him with his service weapon

  • Shortly after midnight, Leach called 911 to report that he had shot his son Matthew and was said to have been visibly shaken when first responders arrived on the scene.

  • Matthew Leach was rushed to the closest hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

    Ok, C. (2012, July 23). Former Rochester police captain accidentally shoots and kills son, could face charges.

    The Slatest. Retrieved from http://slatest.slate.com/posts/2012/07/23/former_rochester_police_captain_accidentally_shoots_ and_kills_son_could_face_charges.html


Anecdotes to think about1
Anecdotes to think about

  • A 14-year-old Phoenix boy shot an armed intruder who broke into his home

  • The boy was babysitting his younger siblings, ages eight, 12 and 12.

  • The incident started with a woman ringing the doorbell to the residence.

  • A short time later, the boy heard a loud bang, which he correctly assumed was someone attempting to force entry through the door.

  • The boy gathered his siblings and hurried them upstairs as he armed himself with a handgun from his parent’s bedroom.

  • From the top of the stairs, the boy saw a man break open the front door.

  • When the man pointed a gun at the boy, the boy shot the man. The man did not fire his weapon.

    Nance, R. (2012, July 2). 14-Year-Old Boy Shoots Armed Intruder in Home - Guns & Ammo. Guns & Ammo - The

    World’s Most Widely Read Firearms Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.gunsandammo.com/2012/07/02/14-year-old-boy-shoots-armed-intruder-i-home/


What does this all mean
What does this all mean?

  • As a nation?

  • As a city?

  • As a mental health professional?


Shooting from the hip facts and opinions about guns
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  • Mississippi stopped background checks last year. Homicides have risen by 25% since then.

    The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia. (2013, February). Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/


Shooting from the hip facts and opinions about guns
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  • 70% of gun owners support stricter gun control

    NRA. (2013). NRA. Retrieved from http://home.nra.org/#/nraorg


Shooting from the hip facts and opinions about guns
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  • Gun production has doubled in the last five years. Where there are more guns, there are more shootings.

    Gilson, D. (2013, January 31). 10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down | Mother Jones. Mother Jones | Smart,

    Fearless Journalism. Retrieved from http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/01/pro- gun-myths-fact-check


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  • 73,505 Americans were treated in hospital emergency departments for non-fatal gunshot wounds in 2010.

    Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence – Gun Law Information Experts. (2012, November 16). Law Center

    to Prevent Gun Violence – Gun Law Information Experts. Retrieved from http://smartgunlaws.org/gun-deaths-and-injuries-statistics/


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  • Firearms were the third-leading cause of injury-related deaths nationwide in 2010, following poisoning and motor vehicle accidents.

    Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence – Gun Law Information Experts. (2012, November 16).

    Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence – Gun Law Information Experts. Retrieved from

    http://smartgunlaws.org/gun-deaths-and-injuries-statistics/


Shooting from the hip facts and opinions about guns
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  • In the first seven years of the U.S.-Iraq War, over 4,400 American soldiers were killed. Almost as many civilians are killed with guns in the U.S., however, every seven weeks.

    Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence – Gun Law Information Experts. (2012, November 16). Law Center

    to Prevent Gun Violence – Gun Law Information Experts. Retrieved from http://smartgunlaws.org/gun-deaths-and-injuries-statistics/


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  • White males, about 40% of the U.S. population, accounted for over 80% of firearm suicides in 2010.

    Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence – Gun Law Information Experts. (2012, November 16). Law Center

    to Prevent Gun Violence – Gun Law Information Experts. Retrieved from http://smartgunlaws.org/gun-deaths-and-injuries-statistics/


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  • A study of California handgun purchasers found that in the first year after the purchase of a handgun, suicide was the leading cause of death among the purchasers.

    Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence – Gun Law Information Experts. (2012, November 16). Law Center

    to Prevent Gun Violence – Gun Law Information Experts. Retrieved from http://smartgunlaws.org/gun-deaths-and-injuries-statistics/


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  • Firearms were used in nearly 44% of suicide deaths among persons under age 25 in 2010.

    Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence – Gun Law Information Experts. (2012, November 16). Law Center

    to Prevent Gun Violence – Gun Law Information Experts. Retrieved from http://smartgunlaws.org/gun-deaths-and-injuries-statistics/


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  • More than 75% of guns used in suicide attempts and unintentional injuries of 0-19 year-olds were stored in the residence of the victim, a relative, or a friend.

    Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence – Gun Law Information Experts. (2012, November 16). Law Center

    to Prevent Gun Violence – Gun Law Information Experts. Retrieved from http://smartgunlaws.org/gun-deaths-and-injuries-statistics/


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  • The risk of suicide increases in homes where guns are kept loaded and/or unlocked.

    Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence – Gun Law Information Experts. (2012, November 16). Law Center

    to Prevent Gun Violence – Gun Law Information Experts. Retrieved from http://smartgunlaws.org/gun-deaths-and-injuries-statistics/


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  • In 2010, unintentional firearm injuries caused the deaths of 606 people.

    Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence – Gun Law Information Experts. (2012, November 16). Law Center

    to Prevent Gun Violence – Gun Law Information Experts. Retrieved from http://smartgunlaws.org/gun-deaths-and-injuries-statistics/


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  • From 2005-2010, almost 3,800 people in the U.S. died from unintentional shootings.

    Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence – Gun Law Information Experts. (2012, November 16). Law Center

    to Prevent Gun Violence – Gun Law Information Experts. Retrieved from http://smartgunlaws.org/gun-deaths-and-injuries-statistics/


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  • Over 1,300 victims of unintentional shootings for the period 2005–2010 were under 25 years of age.

    Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence – Gun Law Information Experts. (2012, November 16). Law Center

    to Prevent Gun Violence – Gun Law Information Experts. Retrieved from http://smartgunlaws.org/gun-deaths-and-injuries-statistics/


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  • People of all age groups are significantly more likely to die from unintentional firearm injuries when they live in states with more guns, relative to states with fewer guns.

    • On average, states with the highest gun levels had nine times the rate of unintentional firearms deaths compared to states with the lowest gun levels.

      Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence – Gun Law Information Experts. (2012, November 16). Law Center

      to Prevent Gun Violence – Gun Law Information Experts. Retrieved from http://smartgunlaws.org/gun-deaths-and-injuries-statistics/


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  • A federal government study of unintentional shootings found that 8% of such shooting deaths resulted from shots fired by children under the age of six.

    Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence – Gun Law Information Experts. (2012, November 16). Law Center

    to Prevent Gun Violence – Gun Law Information Experts. Retrieved from http://smartgunlaws.org/gun-deaths-and-injuries-statistics/


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  • People with more guns tend to kill more people –with guns. The states with the highest gun ownership rates have a gun murder rate of 114% higher than those with the lowest gun ownership rates.

    • Also, gun death rates tend to be higher in states with higher rates of gun ownership. Gun death rates are generally lower in states with restrictions such as assault-weapon bans or safe-storage requirements.

      Gilson, D. (2013, January 31). 10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down | Mother Jones. Mother Jones | Smart, Fearless

      Journalism. Retrieved from http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/01/pro-gun-myths-fact-check


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  • Drivers who carry guns are 44% more likely than unarmed drivers to make obscene gestures at other motorists, and 77% more likely to follow them aggressively.

    Gilson, D. (2013, January 31). 10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down | Mother Jones. Mother Jones | Smart,

    Fearless Journalism. Retrieved from http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/01/pro- gun-myths-fact-check


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  • Mass shootings stopped by armed civilians in the past 30 years: 0

  • Chances that a shooting at an ER involves guns taken from guards: 1 in 5

    Gilson, D. (2013, January 31). 10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down | Mother Jones. Mother Jones | Smart, Fearless

    Journalism. Retrieved from http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/01/pro-gun-myths-fact- check


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  • Owning a gun has been linked to higher risks of homicide, suicide, and accidental death by gun

    • For every time a gun is used in self-defense in the home, there are 7 assaults or murders, 11 suicide attempts, and 4 accidents involving guns in or around the home.

      Gilson, D. (2013, January 31). 10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down | Mother Jones. Mother Jones | Smart, Fearless

      Journalism. Retrieved from http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/01/pro-gun-myths-fact- check


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  • 43% of homes with guns and kids have at least one unlocked firearm.

    Gilson, D. (2013, January 31). 10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down | Mother Jones. Mother Jones

    | Smart, Fearless Journalism. Retrieved from http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/01/pro-gun-myths-fact-check


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  • In one experiment, one-third of 8 to 12 year old boys who found a handgun pulled the trigger.

    Gilson, D. (2013, January 31). 10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down | Mother Jones. Mother Jones | Smart, Fearless

    Journalism. Retrieved from http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/01/pro-gun-myths-fact- check


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  • In one survey, nearly 1% of Americans reported using guns to defend themselves or their property. However, a closer look at their claims found that more than 50% involved using guns in an aggressive manner, such as escalating an argument.

    Gilson, D. (2013, January 31). 10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down | Mother Jones. Mother Jones | Smart,

    Fearless Journalism. Retrieved from http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/01/pro- gun-myths-fact-check


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  • A Philadelphia study found that the odds of an assault victim being shot were 4.5 times greater if he carried a gun. His odds of being killed were 4.2 times greater.

    Gilson, D. (2013, January 31). 10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down | Mother Jones. Mother Jones | Smart,

    Fearless Journalism. Retrieved from http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/01/pro- gun-myths-fact-check


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  • In 2010, nearly 6 times more women were shot by husbands, boyfriends, and ex-partners than murdered by male strangers.

    Gilson, D. (2013, January 31). 10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down | Mother Jones. Mother Jones | Smart, Fearless

    Journalism. Retrieved from http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/01/pro-gun-myths-fact- check


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  • A woman's chances of being killed by her abuser increase more than 7 times if he has access to a gun.

    Gilson, D. (2013, January 31). 10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down | Mother Jones. Mother Jones | Smart, Fearless

    Journalism. Retrieved from http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/01/pro-gun-myths-fact- check


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  • One study found that women in states with higher gun ownership rates were 4.9 times more likely to be murdered by a gun than women in states with lower gun ownership rates.

    Gilson, D. (2013, January 31). 10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down | Mother Jones. Mother Jones | Smart, Fearless

    Journalism. Retrieved from http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/01/pro-gun-myths-fact- check


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  • About 50% of Americans said they had a gun in their homes in 1973. Today, about 45% say they do. Overall, 35% of Americans personally own a gun.

    Gilson, D. (2013, January 31). 10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down | Mother Jones. Mother Jones | Smart, Fearless

    Journalism. Retrieved from http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/01/pro-gun-myths-fact- check


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  • Around 80% of gun owners are men. On average they own 7.9 guns each.

    Gilson, D. (2013, January 31). 10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down | Mother Jones. Mother Jones | Smart, Fearless

    Journalism. Retrieved from http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/01/pro-gun-myths-fact- check


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  • Around 40% of all legal gun sales involve private sellers and don't require background checks. 40% of prison inmates who used guns in their crimes got them this way.

    Gilson, D. (2013, January 31). 10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down | Mother Jones. Mother Jones | Smart, Fearless

    Journalism. Retrieved from http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/01/pro-gun-myths-fact- check


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  • An investigation found 62% of online gun sellers were willing to sell to buyers who said they couldn't pass a background check.

    Gilson, D. (2013, January 31). 10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down | Mother Jones. Mother Jones | Smart, Fearless

    Journalism. Retrieved from http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/01/pro-gun-myths-fact- check


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  • 20% of licensed California gun dealers agreed to sell handguns to researchers posing as illegal "straw" buyers.

    Gilson, D. (2013, January 31). 10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down | Mother Jones. Mother Jones | Smart, Fearless

    Journalism. Retrieved from http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/01/pro-gun-myths-fact- check


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Agresti, J. D., & Smith, R. K. (2013, February 11). Gun

Control. Just Facts. Retrieved from http://www.justfacts.com/guncontrol.as p


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  • 3/5 of polled felons say they won’t mess with an armed victim.

    Wright, J. D., Rossi, P. H., & National Institute of Justice (1985). In The armed criminal in America: A survey of

    incarcerated felons. Washington, D.C: U.S. Dept. of Justice, National Institute of Justice (Washington, D.C.).


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  • Buyers that purchase firearms through private sales in the U.S. don't have to pass a background check before obtaining possession of the weapon.

    • This includes sales to criminals, felons, and people with a history of severe mental illness.

      11 Facts About Guns | Do Something. (n.d.). Do Something | Largest organization for teens and social cause.

      Retrieved from http://www.dosomething.org/tipsandtools/11-facts-about-guns


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  • 88 percent of Americans support background checks on people buying guns at gun shows.

    White House (2013, January 16). Obama's gun-control proposals - The Washington Post. Washington Post: Breaking News, World, US, DC News & Analysis. Retrieved from http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp- srv/special/politics/obama-gun-proposals/index.html


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  • 58 percent of Americans support a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons

    White House (2013, January 16). Obama's gun-control proposals - The Washington Post. Washington Post: Breaking News, World, US, DC News & Analysis. Retrieved from http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp- srv/special/politics/obama-gun-proposals/index.html


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  • 55 percent of Americans support placing an armed guard in every school.

    White House (2013, January 16). Obama's gun-control proposals - The Washington Post. Washington Post: Breaking News, World, US, DC News & Analysis. Retrieved from http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp- srv/special/politics/obama-gun-proposals/index.html


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  • 56 percent of Americans think inadequate treatment of mentally ill people contributes a great deal to gun violence.

    White House (2013, January 16). Obama's gun-control proposals - The Washington Post. Washington Post: Breaking News, World, US, DC News & Analysis. Retrieved from http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp- srv/special/politics/obama-gun-proposals/index.html


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  • Forty-two people were killed in Chicago last month, the most in January since 2002.

    Goudie, C. (2013, February 1). Chicago murder rate far worse than during Al Capone 'gangland' days | abc7chicago.com. ABC Owned Television Stations. Retrieved from http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/iteam&id=8977635


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