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Wednesday, April 03, 2013

States with weakest gun laws have highest rates of gun violence. Duh.

The math seems simple enough: weaker state gun laws equal more gun violence, so says a report released by the Center for American Progress.
According to the report, states with easier access to legal guns rank higher on an aggregated scale of indicators that includes gun-related homicides, suicides and the shooting deaths of women and children.
“Across the key indicators of gun violence that we analyzed, the 10 states with the weakest gun laws collectively have an aggregate level of gun violence that is more than twice as high—104% higher, in fact—than the 10 states with the strongest gun laws,” the report, America Under the Gun, reads.
“I think the report confirms what I experienced during my 25 years as a federal agent — firearms laws work,” David Chipman, a former official with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, told “What also struck me is that the release of such a report is news.

“It is a sad state that through pressure from the gun lobby, attempts to prevent the CDC and the Department of Justice from publishing similar annual reports has been largely successful,” he added.

When your argument is so weak that you literally work to ban knowledge from entering the conversation, you’ve got to wonder what it is that you’re protecting.  When the truth is an impediment to your position, then your position is bullshit. And when that bullshit is about how many people your position is killing every year, your position is just plain evil.

The NRA are not good people. They’re no different than tobacco lobbyists who knew they were killing people, but lied and said their product was harmless, because there was no money saving lives.

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