L/D – Jan/Feb ’16 – Handgun ban

See the articles posted Jan 14th for some useful numbers. The Blow article has the racial percentages for gun deaths. The Kristof article, p.2, has a gun homicide rate comparison between the U.S. and Australia. Same article p. 3 has the state/state comparison numbers.

More on the racial percentages:

The shocking difference in how blacks and whites are killed by guns

The 2013 numbers:

Waldman – We’re ignoring the real gun problem

Black market numbers:

Blow – Focus on Illegal Guns

Suicides – U.S. numbers and details, plus the Australia 650k/20% figures for the buyback:

To Reduce Suicides, Keep the Guns Away

Australia, from an Australian – note that his numbers are 1M from buyback, about 1/3 of the total number of guns. This is higher than the other number I cited.

Alpers – An Australian gun expert critiques America – You’ve lost control

Gun violence – and the reasons aren’t increases or decreases in guns:

We’ve had a massive decline in gun violence in the United States – Here’s why

Where does the question of domestic abuse enter into our discussion?

Keep Guns Away From Abusers

Smart guns – The opening and closing paragraphs of The Atlantic article are worth quoting:

Hirsch – These are the weapons that could prevent gun violence

The gun lobby maddeningly prevents development of safer, childproof weapons

Is There Such a Thing as a Safe Gun – The Atlantic

So much for the self-defense argument:

Collins – Wanted – Straight Shooters

(In NYC a while back, police confronted an armed disgruntled employee in front of his former place of employment. Something like 7 bystanders were subsequently injured by bullets. All from police firearms.)

Are bullets the avenue to gun safety?

Brown – America should regulate bullets

Another one from Kristof –  he makes the gun control vs. gun safety argument, and has some good statistics (concealed carry, homicide rate, intimate partner violence).

Kristof – Some Inconvenient Gun Facts for Liberals

Read this one carefully – it’s hardly all sheriffs calling for this, and there are some qualifying statements that should be noted.

Sheriffs issue a call to arms – ‘Take advantage of your legal right to carry a firearm’


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