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Gun Facts

The information used for the facts about gun control come from http://www.gunfacts.info/. This is a website that debunks common myths about gun control. It is intended as a reference guide for journalists, politicians and anyone interested in learning about gun control facts.

Gun Facts

Myth: The availability of guns causes crime

  • Though the number of firearms owned by private citizens has been increasing steadily since 1970, the overall rate of homicides and suicides has not risen. 1 As the chart shows, there is no correlation between the availability of firearms and the rates of homicide and suicide in America.
  • Five out of six gun-possessing felons obtained handguns from the secondary market and by theft, and “[the] criminal handgun market is overwhelmingly dominated by informal transactions and theft as mechanisms of supply.”

Myth: Gun availability is what is causing school shootings

  • Schoolyard shootings have been occurring since at least 1974, so it is not a new phenomenon due to increases in gun ownership.
  • More than 50% of these terrorists started thinking about their assaults two or more weeks before the shooting, and 75% planned-out their attacks.
  • Myth: Guns are not a good deterrent to crime

  • Guns prevent an estimated 2.5 million crimes a year or 6,849 every day. 5 Often the gun is never fired and no blood (including the criminal’s) is shed.
  • 60% of convicted felons admitted that they avoided committing crimes when they knew the victim was armed. 40% of convicted felons admitted that they avoided committing crimes when they thought the victim might be armed.