Guns: top ten killer, and
maybe a crime-fighter
By: Taliesin L.O. Tyndall
b. Such a reservist (volunteer) is a member of a gun club - may own 1 rifle
c. Professional, licensed public transportation driver, transporting a minimum of 5 passengers - may own 1 handgun
d. Licensed animal control officer- may own 2 hunting rifles, *not* full automatic weapons, or semi-automatic weapons with a limited capacity magazine.
e. Full-time dealer of jewelry or large sums of cash or valuables - may own 1 handgun
After all, the Cato Institute, a right-wing think tank, has this to say:
The 31 states that have “shall issue” laws allowing private citizens to carry concealed weapons have, on average, a 24 percent lower violent crime rate, a 19 percent lower murder rate and a 39 percent lower robbery rate than states that forbid concealed weapons. In fact, the nine states with the lowest violent crime rates are all right-to-carry states. Remarkably, guns are used for self-defense more than 2 million times a year, three to five times the estimated number of violent crimes committed with guns.
The FBI hates the idea of arming more people even more. How are police supposed to know who the killer is when someone else is shooting too? To them it just makes bad situations worse and is more likely to hurt civilians than to stop criminals.
There you have it. But the fact remains, America is an unusually violent country, and we also happen to have the highest rate of gun ownership in the world.