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Here's a look at U.S. data on gun laws and ownership:

Do you think the shooting in Newtown will affect U.S. gun control laws?
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Great infographic. Nicely done!
What I'd really love to see is a list of how much money the lobbyist and gun manufacturers give to each and every elected official. I don't think assault weapons should be band, we have the to right to a militia to protect we the people from an arrant government (and having a few hand guns isn't going to cut it).
Show us how much and how many lobbyists the movie industry employs.
+Bob Flanagan Why? how is that even relevant? What about the finance industry? or the coal industry?
In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. >From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated
In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.
China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated
Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Defencelessly people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million.
You won't see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information.
Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.
Take note my fellow Americans, before it's too late!
The next time someone talks in favour of gun control, please remind them of this history lesson.
With guns, we are 'citizens'. Without them, we are 'subjects'.
During WWII the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED!
If you value your freedom, please spread this antigun-control message to all of your friends.
You can have switzerlands gun policy when we have their health care.
I wasn't going to comment, but +juan alderete that is an utterly inane retort. You're trying to make an "exchange" for basic personal protection from suppressive government with something the government has been ruining for years already. Medicare is on the road to bankruptcy, and you want the same government who led it there to lead a new system of healthcare. It's insane. The point that +Cristian Dicu-Sava is making is that without the ability to protect yourself, you remain defenseless - at which point an evil government can do what it wants without fear of revolution. If we ever get to that point (God forbid), healthcare will be completely irrelavent. 
Or gaming industry... Entertainment is very relative to violence. 
+Cristian Dicu-Sava In 1996, Australia had a massacre by a gun wielding madman using legally obtained weapons. Afterwards we introduced strict gun control. We haven't had another one since.

We also have just as much political freedom, none of us have been rounded up and our government is currently functional unlike the USA.

We also have less gun crime, less gun deaths, a happier population and are not afraid of strangers or our government like many US citizens seem to be.

And yes, Switzerland has high levels of gun ownership and low levels of gun violence. That's because unlike the US their gun ownership is properly REGULATED. So it you are a true supporter of gun rights you should support proper gun regulation. Such as:
1) Every firearm being registered and issued only to a licensed gun owner with records of all gun licences and gun registrations made available to police.
2) Each gun owner being required to have an appropriate gun safe and and ammo safe, ensuring that guns are stored separately from ammunition  And to make sure this is being done have them randomly inspected to ensure that their weapons are stored safely and responsibly and strip them of their gun licence and seize their weapons if they don't.
3) For semi-automatic and assault style weaponry have strict number and ammunition controls for how much they can store at home at any one time and keep records of how much ammo has been issued and used by each licensed owner. Any additional weapons and ammo must be stored in an appropriate armoury such as a police or military facility.
4) Ensure that every citizen is trained in the weapons when they get the gun licence. Such as training in an army or police facility to the same level army or police offices must reach before they are issued with weapons.

There are the type of regulations that mean that Switzerland has very low gun violence. Until you are willing to stand up and accept this kind of regulation on weapons don't dare try to claim the Swiss as a example for lax gun laws.
+Scott Barnden, a quick glance at your records shows your statement to be false. You had two more mass shootings in the interim. Looks like with about the same frequency as before. What's more, pre-1975 it almost flat out doesn't happen, with multiple decades passing in between.

With that in mind, saying the gun laws had anything to do with it is statistically laughable.

Wonder what was different about Australia pre-1975. People didn't commit mass murder except extremely rarely. Similar to the US. Perhaps it's a cultural thing, and we should look there for root causes instead of having irrational fear of inanimate objects. Here, most of our worst mass murders and serial killing didn't even involve firearms.

Just a thought; one that assumes the target is stopping murder, and not just getting rid of guns and then ignoring murder because we feel warm and fuzzy for doing what the news told us was a good deed.

U.S. Shooting Deaths Since Sandy Hook Top 100

3 Shot And Killed In Mich... 18-Year-Old Shot Multiple Times, Dies... Man Kills Wife, Teen, Himself... Man Shoots, Kills Own Son... Cops Shoot Teen Dead... Man Gunned Down In Parking Lot... 5 Dead In Spate Of Shootings... 2 Murdered In Philly... 2 Kansas Cops Shot Dead... Shooter Killed... 4 Die In Apparent Murder-Suicide... Ga. Cop Dies From Gunshot... Argument Leads Teen To Shoot Friend... Man Shot To Death... Teen Dies After Being Tied Up, Shot... Man Shot Dead In Street... Drug Deal Leads To Shooting Death... Mother Of 2 Killed In Road Rage Shooting... Man Shoots, Kills Intruder... 1 Killed In Coney Island... Man Dies From Gunshot Wounds... Cops Investigate Gun Death... Shooting Victim's Body Found On Bike Trail... Man Charged With Shooting Own Brother Dead... Man Dies After Being Shot In Chest... Body Of Shooting Victim Found In Pickup... Teen Arrested For Robbery Shooting Death... Man Carrying 2-Year-Old Son Shot Dead... Man Fatally Shot Near Home... Parolee Dies In Shooting... 1 Killed In Buffalo Shooting... Man Shot Dead In Apartment Complex... Street Gun Battle Kills Grandma Bystander... Man, Woman Dead In Apparent Murder-Suicide... Woman Shot Dead By Intruder... 14-Year-Old Arrested Over Fatal Gun Attack... Man Found Shot Dead In Parking Lot... Woman Shot In Face By Ex-Boyfriend... 1 Woman, 3 Men Shot Dead... 2 Die In Attempted Robbery... Army Reservist Shot To Death In Alley... Man Shot To Death In Bodega... 2 Shot Dead In Burned House... Man Shot During Break-In... Man Fatally Shot... 20-Year-Old Gunned Down... Man Shoots Self During Police Pursuit... 1 Killed In Baltimore Shooting... Cops ID Shooting Victim... 60-Year-Old Man Shot Dead... Shot Man's Body Found In Vacant House.... Woman Shot And Killed Outside Her Home... Shooting Victim Was 'Trying To Turn Life Around'... Slain Shooting Victim Found In Street.... Driving Altercation Leads To Shooting, 1 Dies... 3-Year-Old Dies In Accidental Shooting... Man Turns Self In After Allegedly Shooting Wife... Man Shot Dead Outside Home... 3 Slain In Separate New Orleans Shootings... Cops Investigate Shooting Death... Man Shot Dead In Ohio... Teen Shot To Death... Man Dies After Being Shot Multiple Times... Man Charged Over Son's Shooting Death... Cops Find 2 Men Shot Dead... 1 Dies In Shooting... Man Charged Over Gun Killing... 1 Shot Dead In Confrontation... Man Charged With Murder Over Shooting... Motel-Owner Shot And Killed... Husband Shoots Estranged Wife Dead... Suspect Arrested Over Deputy's Shooting Death... Police Probe Fatal Shooting... Cops Kill 2 Suspects In 3 Shooting Deaths... Man Killed Fighting Back Against Robber... Man Killed In Home Invasion.... Nightclub Shooting Kills 1... Child Brain Dead After Drive By Shooting... Man Charged Over Shooting Of Ex-Wife... Body Found In Vacant House... Teen Fatally Shot...
+Nikolas Manak your arguments back at me are laughably false.

You think there were not mass murders pre-1975? I suggest you look at the history books, especially with things like the civil rights movement.

Hell, America's biggest mass school killing happened in 1931 by a disgruntled small town farmer who hated taxes, federal government and loved his guns. Of course he blew up the building rather than going in shooting which is why there is a lot of regulation and police intelligence around explosive materials.

Further more there were many shootings prior to 1975, but there was a distinct LACK of high capacity semi-automatic and concealable weaponry in the community. It the only guns we had were the same as the ones they had back then there would be a lot less fewer casualties from mass shootings.

The statistics speak for themselves. There is a direct correlation between gun control and lower gun violence and mass murders. Now I'll say gun control and not gun prohibition because guns themselves are just tools. Properly regulated and monitored like we do with any other extremely dangerous tools or goods they wouldn't be any problem. But America doesn't do that, it lets any unstable nutter get their hands on weapons without even checking and then blames everything else rather than their incredibly poor regulatory system for responsible gun ownership.

There is not such a clear cut link between gun control and reductions in crime. Crime is opportunistic  removing guns just means its slightly less deadly as they have to use less efficient tools such as knives. But there is a clear link between the deadliness of mass murders and rampages and a clear link between gun control and reductions in accidental death from shooting accidents, especially among children.

And then they have people like you who see any kind of regulation that ensures responsibly ownership or use of deadly weapons as the same as seizing all weapons and tries to find any scapegoat or excuse to get around the inconvenient fact that America's gun culture and regulation is the primary source of its gun violence. Not video game, not movies, not minorities or poor people or whatever else the scapegoat of the day is. Its the irresponsibility of gun owners and the lack of spine to stand up and make sure gun owners are responsible and their deadly weapons are accounted for.
+Scott Barnden your scapegoating guns to excuse your lack of proper care and treatment of the mentally ill, and your pretending the Monash University shooting doesn't exist doesn't change reality. Neither that nor the Port Arthur massacre would have occurred if you'd be proper care for the mentally ill. Instead gun owners get blamed, and you're perfectly fine with it.

And once again, Adam Lanza, quite mentally ill. We've got the same failing.

You are the one scapegoating to support your politics, and a tool.
+Nikolas Manak Question, how do you know if someone is mentally ill? Or about to snap?

Should there be mandatory annual mental health checks and institutionalize the failures?

Do you rely on the notoriously bad self reporting and require them to step up and ask for help first?

Why are you blaming the mentally ill who are unavoidably sick rather than the gun culture that allows them unrestricted access to deadly weapons?

I'm sorry but there is no correlation between treatment for mentally ill and reductions in gun violence and massacres. But a direct correlation between gun control and reductions in gun violence and massacres.

A mentally ill person without a gun is a lot safer than a mentally ill one with several automatics. And its a lot easier to track and control guns than it is to screen and control mentally unbalanced people. Especially since mental imbalance can be developed at any time. And a lot cheaper too.

And I don't blame all gun owners. I blame the regulatory system that does not verify they are responsible about their gun ownership.
Kenneth Trent, I do not know Medicare, but public health is a must for any nation. Sound socialist, but no healthy population, no population reproduction, no healthy soldiers .....etc. :)
To all gun ban adepts: life is more dangerous than guns because it generates 100% casualties !  :)))
+Cristian Dicu-Sava neither cars nor life's primary purpose are to kill other people. Guns were made to primarily kill things. They are entirely unnecessary to the vast majority of people. The only civilian people with real legitimate uses for guns are hunters, farmers and sports shooters. None of which need high capacity rapid fire weapons.

Its an absolute idiotic fool comparison argument to make.
Killing someone in self defense is a legitimate use for a gun. Maybe your life isn't worth it... But the lives of my loved ones and myself are worth it.
The constitution is about balancing liberty (mine vs yours). NRA representatives have said owning an AR 15 is fun. That is why people own them. On the other hand, assault rifles are used in mass homicides which eliminates the opportunity for life and liberty for those killed. Further, it is an assault on the liberty of the survivors who must live in fear and worry of the next shooter. Seems to me a little fun can not possible out weigh the lost liberty of the slain or survivors.
+Scott Barnden you keep mentioning this "unrestricted" access to guns and lack of regulation in the US. I'm not exactly sure what you mean. To purchase a firearm from a dealer you have to provide plenty of information for the registration of the firearm. This is all on record for government use. Convicted felons and the like cannot purchase firearms through this means. Guns are regulated in the US. Where this doesn't hold up is in the personal sale of firearms from one individual to another. Making this form of gun transfer illegal would do little to reduce gun violence as criminals (and even the mentally ill) are going to break the law anyway. 
none of the government policy would citizens devastated by the policies made.
otherwise the policy made ​​by the government to protect its citizens.
policy of arms control is the best policy so that such incidents do not happen Lanza actions adam anymore
continue the policy for the good of the citizens
So nice .... did not make any statistics, but it seams at least half of gun ban fans are latino. :))) You realy like Chaves, do you ? :)))
+Cristian Dicu-Sava   you can have all the guns you want, but if the government ever wants to try to control you, it will not matter if you have guns of not.  shoot back.. once.  Then duck and get ready for a JDAM or a hail of 20mm rounds that will go through every house in your neighborhood and not even slow their velocity. Organize your neighbors and that same 1960's technology 20mm cannon will put one round through every square foot of your entire neighborhood in 2.5 seconds. The 2012 version will reduce your neighborhood to smoldering splinters the size of toothpicks in that same amount of time.

Having guns deterring government control in this day and age is a fallacy of reality......
Mike Mac, there more aspects to consider.
First of all US government has nukes. :)))
Second, any government will think twice, if people is armed.
Third, I presume you liked Arab Spring :) and armed arabs putting down some dictators in Libya, Yemen and now Syria.
And not the last, one can live like a rat hoping someone else will make things happen, or act.
I enjoyed shooting at "Securitatea" (state security) members in '89, in Romania. :)
So use a nik, I use my full name and address. :)))
+Cristian Dicu-Sava  there is no comparison to the power if the US military machine as compared to those countries military :)   a "civil" country never gets points when they shoot their own citizens though. that is more of a "think twice" than are the guns really......

so you feel joy about shooting at other human beings  your own country members, likely some of your own relatives...... 
I can not imagine "enjoy" being in my way of ever describing such a horrible ordeal.... 
Dear Mike, as I said, people like you need 10 years in a communist "North Corea" !
But eaven then, some of you will prefere to suck the dick of a dictator, live a miserable live and not fight back !
Is it not true that Connecticut has the third toughest gun laws in the country and their restrictions on assault weapons far exceed the Brday Act?  Making guns illegal will not stop someone from wanting to carry out this type of action, if a person wants to kill, they will find ways to do it.
I don't see what the big deal is with having more restrictive gun laws. Even though their reference in the 2nd amendment has to do with protection from a tyrannical government (which wouldn't really work in the US today, as +Mike Mac explained), we accept them today mostly for hunting and defending ourselves. Arguably, another use is for target practice (for sport/fun), but you can't really say what a valid weapon is based on this because it's too vague.

For hunting, there's no need for the ability to shoot more than a few rounds quickly before animals scatter and you need to blend in again. Defending yourself shouldn't require more than either a shotgun or a pistol. If you really need an AR-15 to defend yourself then you should probably stop pissing off the mafia and go into witness protection or something.

Restrictions can be done gradually too (less economic impact) . For i stance, give manufacturers a year or so to stop making newly outlawed guns, another year or two to stop selling them, and then wait a generation for the ridiculous numbers of guns floating around to die down. Nobody (well almost nobody) is advocating that the police come to your house and take your guns. I suppose if you got caught driving with them and weren't relocating / moving, then they'd take it away.

Guns' primary purpose is to kill. There are accepted reasons for this, but we need to balance them with the unacceptable ones. Sure it's people that kill people, but it would be a whole lot harder and more expensive to try and accurately predict who will do it than just keeping a closer eye on the tool of choice.

I disagree with the argument that this leads to a slippery slope of the US effectively regressing to something like a Soviet Russia. That may have been a valid concern just a few decades ago but technology has allowed the relatively small difference in time lead to significant protection. Everything the government does is almost instantly broadcast around the world in HD. There is also much more of a global community than there used to be, of people and governments. Plus if they really wanted to control us, they have much better weapons than we're arguing about.

Ideally, I think we should start out with what valid uses of guns are, define limitations of what characteristics they can have for ordinary citizens (power, size, rounds, delay between rounds), and say everything else is for killing on an unacceptable scale. That is of course ideally and in reality we'll probably just ban some guns with little effect. There are so many floating around out there only drastic actions that violate people's rights would get short term results. We just have to draw a line in the sand (it really shouldn't be that hard to agree on where) and help them slowly fade away. 
Anything that is done with gun control or mental illness, needs to be done with common sense. From what I've seen and read regarding members of our congress, this is lacking. There are too many cooks in the DC kitchen, so nothing gets accomplished.
+Cristian Dicu-Sava   you do not know me well enough to characterize me in any way. I can not relate to the events in your life that would cause you to have such anger,  I do hope some day you find your peace from the darkness it created in your soul.
It was not about you. It was about the 99% of any populations, fomed by useful idiots, beliving governments care for them ! It is not anger, it is perception of reality.
Darkness ... ? ...ok. Even in Bible, God appreciates people standing up and fighting ! Darkness is the absence of will ! :)
The reason gun ownership is in the Constitution is for the people to be able to defend themselves from ANY threat. This is the second right right after free speech because it is necessary to ensure that the an oppressive government can be stopped. These rights are Not Given To Us by the government they are ours and the government is NOT to infringe upon them. Secondly I know of NO country in the world no matter how restrictive or oppressive that can guarantee ANYONES safety it cannot be done by any means and people that want a life with out any peril are just asking for no life at all, because to have freedom you must accept responsibility and be able to deal with tragedy as well as joy. In my opinion it is depraved to think that you can be shielded from all of life's danger because if you are I can most assuredly guarantee that you will also be shielded from its rewards and joys. We have grown weak while enjoying the benefits of the strength of our predecessors that lived and died so that the freedom they enjoyed may be used to defile their sacrifice, sad very sad. 
UN Treaties as a Means of Treason?
   If a person of power and influence in the US government or military is discovered to be working in behalf of a foreign government, that person is deemed a traitor.  When an American bureaucrat, politician or military officer tries to usurp, overthrow or significantly alter the mechanisms of our Constitutional republic so that our government or military serves the interest of a cabal of foreigners wishing to dominate or control America, those acts are deemed treason.  To willfully conspire to diminish the authority of elected representatives and replace that authority with that of  domestic or foreign plutocrats, oligarchs, aristocrats or military leaders is the most reprehensible crime against the nation.  This is the crime of Benedict Arnold, Alger Hiss, Ethel and Julius Rosenburg.  This is why espionage is a crime.  By this definition, is not turning over authority and sovereignty of our elected officials, with their Constitutional restraints, to that of foreign bureaucrats and plutocrats in the UN, WTO, NAFTA, etc. be an act of betrayal of our country and Constitution?   If anyone works to usurp the interests of our nation, and works to impose poverty and restrictions of freedom upon one’s fellow American citizens or usurping power from the voters and giving it to non-elected despots treachery?  Is not giving dictatorial authority to bureaus and agencies the act of a person conspiring to overthrow our republican form of government?  Would not working for a global government that nullifies and abrogates our Constitution, with its Bill of Rights for citizens also be considered the crime of a traitor? 
     It is apparent all those who work against the national interest of America and its Constitution and would rather have our foreign and military policies benefit the governments of Tel Aviv, Riyadh, Moscow, Beijing or the United Nations also guilty of the crime of Treason.
     Many of us have taken a sacred oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic”. Now duty demands that we now contend against those who wish to replace our republican government and our guaranteed American freedoms and sovereignty.
Michael Guy
The ultra-wealthy Saudi Sheike ( as well as the plutocratic emirs of Bahrain , Yemen) control the influx of oil and also have western governments  addicted to the T-Bills and other loans to Western  governments to finance their "hope and Change{ Sybaritic socialists , progressive welfare states.The entilements coproductive  industries and workers and these businesses and citizens need petroleum for energy and transportation. Eersince the 1973 arab oil embargo, the sheiks of Riyadh realized they had power over Western politicians by threat of withholding oil and the bribery ( or in America it is called "lobbying") that influences policies.  And Riyadh wants to eradicate every Shia rival .
  The Zionist, plutocrats of Manhattan ( most of whom are dual Israeli American citizens and AIPAC members)  have been working on theodor herzl's ideals ever since 1914 when the privately ( and mostly Jewish) owned was founded at Jeckyl Island .  He who control the pursestrings is the true king, said Simon DeMontefort at Runneymede in 1215.  And the control of the Fed, Goldman Sachs and its subsidiary-The US Treasury, IMF, World Bank, and the" too big to fail" bail out recipients have been disproportionately Jewish.  And these AIPC plutocrats support Tel Aviv, and so Israel seems to have a Faustian alliance with the Saudis, after they bullied their way into American government  when they bombed the World Trade Centers.  For example the Saudi sheiks are intimates with the Bushes in the Carlyle Group,   And for some bizzare , unfathomable reason, Israel feels threatened by a nuclear Iran  but not by wahabi-radical infested Pakistan with its nuclear weaopns..  Considering how many Sunni wahabi terrorist sympathizers are in Pakistan  I would think Pakistan is a greater threat of releasing a nuclear attack.
 Mabe because IRAN is Pharsi for Aryan and the Iranians are part of the INDO European race?
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