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Dr Dominic Pimenta @juniordrblog
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#Jacksonville happens and it’s time to re-hash the same gun facts to counter the same arguments and expect the same absence of action. Here they are anyway. /thread
“Criminals don’t pay attention to gun laws”. Except where do they get guns from in the first place? >300,000 guns are stolen every year. Reducing the availability of guns, especially assault rifles, protects everyone. /2
“We need guns for self-protection”.
You are far more likely as a gun owner to be killed by your own gun than to kill an attacker in self-defence.
Every year >1000 children are injured accidentally by guns, many fatally. /3
“We need “good guys with guns””
Vigilantism issues aside mass shootings often do not allow opportunity for armed citizens to “fire back.” The Las Vegas shooting is a prime example.
“It’s not about guns, it’s about mental illness”.
No it’s about guns. 60% of gun deaths in the USA are suicides.
We know successful suicide attempts are impulsive acts based on availability of means. Hence why the U.K. paracetamol regulations reduced drug overdose rates.
This argument also suffers when you look at the sheer number of gun related deaths in the US vs the world.
Is it suggesting there’s more mental illness in the US than elsewhere?
I’d disagree that’s likely, unless you count the obsession with guns.
“It’s too late to introduce gun law in the USA”
Australia had a similar problem in the early 90s, especially with assault rifles and mass shootings. The government introduced a gun amnesty and buyback programme which dramatically reduced gun ownership and availability.
“It’s a human right to own a gun”. No it isn’t. It isn’t a human right to own a tank or a grizzly bear or a ballistic missle. The constitution gave the right for citizens to bear arms in militias, before there was a US army.
“The NRA is funded by big business” while there is a powerful gun Lobby the NRA donation size is reportedly typically tiny, <$10. Unfortunately Congress recently passed a law to prevent the NRA disclosing funding sources, just after being accused of funnelling foreign donations.
“This will just keep on happening, for ever”.
While we treat this as a political issue and not the devastating public health issue it is than probably, sadly, yes it will.
See you next time. /end
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