Soundbytes for Anti-Gunners

The next time you get into an argument about guns, here’s all you need to know:

  • Every 13 seconds an American gun owner uses her or his fire-arm in defense against a criminal. If you’re only counting hand-guns, it’s every 16 seconds.
  • Women use handguns 416 times each day in defense against rapists, which is a dozen times more often than rapists use a gun in the course of a rape. Handguns are used 1145 times a day against robbers. Handguns are used 1510 times a day in defense against criminal assaults.
  • A gun kept in the home for protection is 216 times as likely to be used in a defense against a criminal than it is to cause the death of an innocent victim in that household.
  • The U.S. cities with the strictest gun-control laws also have higher homicide rates than U.S. cities with less gun control. Switzerland and Israel both have highly armed civilian popula-tions, and have extremely low rates of gun-related homicides.
  • Gandhi once said, “Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of Arms as the blackest.” (M. Gandhi, An Autobiography or The Story of my Experiments With Truth, Volume 2, Published 1927, M. Desai, Translator, Page 666)
  • Hitler once said, “The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. His-tory shows that all conquerers who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so do-ing.” (Hitler's Secret Conversations – 1941 - 1944, Farrar, Straus

Source: Stopping Power: Why 70 Million Americans Own Guns - J. Neil Schulman - June 1994

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