homicides" in which a private citizen used a firearm to kill a felon, compared to 8,275 criminal gun homicides (or, 36 criminal homicides for every "justifiable homicide"). [ 17 ] Of
CRITICAL VIEWPOINTS ESSAY 4 the 84,495,500 property crimes committed between 2007 and 2011, 0.12% of victims (103,000) protected themselves with a threat of use or use of a firearm. [ 16 ] What's interesting or helpful about this view? That the guns used were not used in self-defense but rather more violent homicides. The justifiable homicides were a small portion of the overall deaths caused by firearms. What would I notice if I believed this view? That there were still 230 justifiable homicides in which people were saved by the use of a firearm and that’s 230 people or greater who may have been on the violent homicide list or another statistic. In what sense or under what conditions might this idea be true? In which it allows for the justifiable homicides to be counted not as overall deaths caused by firearms but actually splits the violent and justifiable actions. The two categories are ones that those who believe gun control is not a good idea argue but this statistic would show that there is good but much more bad that comes from guns. 3.) A majority of adults, including gun owners, support common sense gun control such as background checks, bans on assault weapons, and bans on high-capacity magazines. According to a Pew Research survey in Mar. 2013, 83% of all adults surveyed (and 79% of gun-owners; 86% of people living with a gun-owner; and 74% of NRA households) approve of background checks for private and gun show sales. [ 27 ] As much as 40% of all gun sales are undocumented private party gun sales that do not require a background check (aka the "gun show loophole"). [ 28 ] 56% of all adults surveyed approve of assault weapon bans and 53% of all adults surveyed approve of high-capacity magazine bans. [ 27 ] 90% of adults with a gun in the home approve of laws
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- Spring '13
- Gun politics in the United States, Second Amendment