Food for thought.
In America an average of 34 people are killed every day by guns. In 2010 9,369 people were murdered with a firearm (http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/cri_mur_wit_fir-crime-murders-with-firearms). The U.S. rate for gun deaths in 1994 was 14.24 per 100,000 people. Japan had the lowest rate, at .05 per 100,000. Know the difference? In Japan people are not allowed to own handguns.
Who thinks it is ridiculous that the accused shooter, Jared Loughner, was able to carry a .45 semiautomatic pistol? Who thinks it is nuts that he was able to buy all of the ammunition he needed for his mission at a nearby Walmart? Who thinks it is insane that he had a clip for his gun that held 30 bullets and that with the bullet in the chamber of his gun that he could shoot 31 bullets as fast as he could pull the trigger without reloading? Why would anyone ever legitimately need such a large number of bullets in a single magazine?
Why did sales of the same Glock handgun (THE WORKHORSE) used in the shooting spike across the country just after the type of weapon was announced? Was it fear of future gun restrictions? (Arizona gun dealers say among the biggest sellers over the past two days is the Glock 19 - the model used in the shooting. One-day sales of handguns in Arizona jumped 60 per cent to 263 on Monday compared with 164 a year ago, the second-biggest increase of any state in the country, according to FBI data. Handgun sales rose 65 per cent to 395 in Ohio; 16 per cent to 672 in California; 38 per cent to 348 in Illinois; and 33 per cent to 206 in New York. Sales increased nationally by about 5 per cent, to 7906 guns.
From “Shooting prompts surge in gun sales across America” http://www.theage.com.au/world/shooting-prompts-surge-in-gun-sales-across-america-20110112-19o6d.html)
Isn’t it pathetic that only car crashes and cancer claim more lives among children in our country than guns?
Why is it that only since the killings in Arizona has Sarah Palin come under intense criticism for having a “target list” on her SarahPAC website that included an image of crosshairs over Gabrielle Gifford’s district. Why would anyone think it is incendiary that Sarah Palin would tweet, “Don’t retreat, reload”?
How is it that gun advocates have assumed the political/patriotic advantage, the moral high ground when police are often outgunned and killed by weapons superior to their own? (Criminologists point to a wide range of contributing factors to the sudden spike in cop killings. The continuing proliferation of military-grade firearms often leaves police outgunned, while some gang initiations now include the express targeting of police. From “A Surge in Cop Killings” http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1666750,00.html)
I'll give you my gun when you take it from my cold, dead hands.