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Old 09.12.2015, 10:06
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Re: A shooting just happened in ( *fill in the blank * )

I heard that it's because each time there is a shooting there is talk about gun control and people go to stock up before they stop gun sales.
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Old 09.12.2015, 12:12
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Sorry, that's nonsense. The blank corners of the chart are so because of the close correlation with the trend line!
Interesting that in the tri-state area (NY,NJ,CT) with the neighboring states of MA and RI (i.e. where I come from), the trend is the higher the gun ownership, the lower the homicide rate!

I always knew that the rest of the country was full of nutters!

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Old 09.12.2015, 12:23
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Well, memory's a bit faulty, but I don't recall them being sold there when I was a kid back in the late 50s/early 60s. Only knew one person who had a gun and that was Brit expat who went hunting.
I was in Phoenix in the early 70's in a supermarket (called Smiths maybe?) and a guy was buying a hand gun with a circa 50 round magazine; he was asking the store clerk if this gun would really stop somebody and if he should buy a bigger magazine?
Quite a shock for an English guy not used to seeing guns openly on sale.
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Old 09.12.2015, 12:28
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Re: A shooting just happened in ( *fill in the blank * )

A man was firing into a crowd and someone stopped him with a gun?

He probably needn't have bothered stopping the gun man.

A man was firing into a crowd and no one gets hurt doesn't seem much of a threat to me.

How can you miss, firing into a crowd?
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Old 09.12.2015, 23:10
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Re: A shooting just happened in ( *fill in the blank * )

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...up-for-debate/

From the Washington Post.

There was also an article yesterday discussing how liberals talk about guns because they don't want to talk about Islamic extremism. (Think it was the Post too)
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Old 09.12.2015, 23:12
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A man was firing into a crowd and no one gets hurt doesn't seem much of a threat to me.
No one got hurt because the criminal got shot by a law-abiding gun-owner.

Looks like a win to me.
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Old 09.12.2015, 23:51
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Re: A shooting just happened in ( *fill in the blank * )

This is the only case I can recall of a normal citizen using their gun to stop a shooter, and a very inept shooter at that.

Maybe I'm wrong, but if there were actually cases of people being saved by having a gun I'm pretty sure the gun supporting groups would be making more noise about them.
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Old 09.12.2015, 23:56
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No one got hurt because the criminal got shot by a law-abiding gun-owner.

Looks like a win to me.
... after the criminal fired several shots "into the crowd", supposedly without hitting anyone. How is it possible to fire a bullet in the direction of a mass of humanity without hitting anyone?

Looks odd to me.

I'm not saying the Über driver was in the wrong, as I don't have anywhere near enough information to make a judgment. But I suspect the reporting of the incident is a little dodgy — some hyperbole has been employed, or some facts have been left out.
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Old 10.12.2015, 00:08
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This is the only case I can recall of a normal citizen using their gun to stop a shooter, and a very inept shooter at that.

Maybe I'm wrong, but if there were actually cases of people being saved by having a gun I'm pretty sure the gun supporting groups would be making more noise about them.
According to John Lott estimates, Defensive Gun Use occurs 2.5 million times per year. His study is well respected amongst criminologist, and has been cited by judges when deliberating in favor of gun ownership.

I think gun control/ownership is a topic for criminologist, and it is really in that field that you want to find expert opinions or objectivity about the topic.
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Old 10.12.2015, 00:17
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According to John Lott estimates, Defensive Gun Use occurs 2.5 million times per year. His study is well respected amongst criminologist, and has been cited by judges when deliberating in favor of gun ownership.

I think gun control/ownership is a topic for criminologist, and it is really in that field that you want to find expert opinions or objectivity about the topic.
That's certainly true - so why quote an economist?
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Old 10.12.2015, 00:26
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That's certainly true - so why quote an economist?
Excuse me, I meant to cite Gary Kleck:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Kleck
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Old 10.12.2015, 00:55
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Excuse me, I meant to cite Gary Kleck:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Kleck
Interesting, thanks.

However, I'm actually wondering about real cases where someone has stopped a criminal who had a gun - the case normally quoted as a reason for gun carrying.

None of these surveys make that distinction (from the limited underlying data available), they could be pulling a gun to deter a minor crime.
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Old 10.12.2015, 01:06
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Re: A shooting just happened in ( *fill in the blank * )

So the terminology is Defensive Gun Use? From time to time, stories will be published of such case. I recall seeing a website that chronicles DGU cases, from newspaper clippings to police reports. And then there are gun control activists that attempt to debunk or discredit any notion of DGU. Although it does occur, and police reports attest to them, but facts rarely change the minds of those predisposed one way or another.

You might try googling Defensive Gun Use. There are lots of cases of it out there. For the most part, they don't get reported as there isn't an incident to report.
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Old 11.12.2015, 19:26
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According to an article in the Guardian here, there were 90,000 gun deaths in the US in the last 3 years.

If ISIS want to kill more Americans they should just try opening some discount gun shops?
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Old 12.12.2015, 01:44
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Re: A shooting just happened in ( *fill in the blank * )

Sadly, home invasions are becoming more and more common in the US, there's many, many cases where armed homeowners saved their own lives. Calling 911 and waiting is an option too I guess, but I'd prefer to be armed if possible

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(CNN)A man has been charged in the home invasion and shooting of a North Carolina mom last week.

Semantha Bunce, 21, a combat medic in the National Guard, was in her Charlotte home breast-feeding her 4-month-old son in her bedroom when intruders barged in Tuesday, November 3, according to CNN affiliate WSOC.
As the intruders broke into the home and opened fire, Bunce fired back with her own weapon.
"I think it was a shock to the intruders just as much as it was to her," her husband, Paul Bunce, told the affiliate.
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/11/09/us...ers-charlotte/

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An elderly North Carolina man opened fire on three assailants who forced their way into his home, robbed the family, tried to rape his granddaughter and stole his car, reports the Fayetteville Observer.


The home invaders — all three brandishing handguns — corralled Byrd, his wife Judy, 65, and their 19-year-old granddaughter into the back of the home and demanded the couple open their safe.
When the men tried to rape the couple’s granddaughter, Byrd grabbed a gun and exchanged shots with the assailants, Sheriff Kenneth Sealey said in a news release.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/10/wounded-m...b7sJW15wxSV.99
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A 13-year-old South Carolina boy fatally shot one burglary suspect and scared off a second with his mother's gun, police said.
The unidentified teenager told the Charleston County Sheriff's Office that he was alone on Tuesday afternoon in his family's home, north of North Charleston, when someone tried to break in, according to NBC affiliate WCBD.
The boy grabbed his mother's gun, and then waited at the back door of the home, the station reported. Police say the boy fired repeatedly through the door, and someone outside shot back.



The suspect was hit three times, and a getaway driver rushed him to a hospital in Charleston, where he died of his gunshot wounds, according to an affidavit.
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/...uspect-n462006

...or just Google for yourself:
https://www.google.ch/search?q=gun+o...homeowner+shot
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Sadly, home invasions are becoming more and more common in the US, there's many, many cases where armed homeowners saved their own lives. Calling 911 and waiting is an option too I guess, but I'd prefer to be armed if possible

I think he only thing worse than stats is anecdotical evidence used as stats. Gimme the numbers.
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Old 12.12.2015, 12:04
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Sadly, home invasions are becoming more and more common in the US, there's many, many cases where armed homeowners saved their own lives. Calling 911 and waiting is an option too I guess, but I'd prefer to be armed if possible
Looking at both sides of this, how many homeowners brandishing their own guns in an attempted burglary have ended up dead - because they shot back?
(or shot some innocents too).

You said you'd prefer to be armed? Do you even know how to handle a gun? And could you do it under stress?
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Calling 911 and waiting is an option too I guess, but I'd prefer to be armed if possible
Just make sure you dont shoot through a bathroom door.
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Old 12.12.2015, 12:24
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Just make sure you dont shoot through a bathroom door.
In general, one should follow the rule of "dolus eventualis".
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Looking at both sides of this, how many homeowners brandishing their own guns in an attempted burglary have ended up dead - because they shot back?
(or shot some innocents too).
How many have died because they didn't shoot back?

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Two men were charged Monday with murder in the fatal shooting of a pastor's pregnant wife during an apparent break in of their Indianapolis home, court records show.

Blackburn, 28, was shot in the head during the Nov. 10 attack at she and her husband's Indianapolis home and died the next day. The couple's 15-month-old son, Weston, was at home upstairs in a crib but was not harmed in the attack.

Her husband, Pastor Davey Blackburn, had gone to the gym that morning and returned home to find his wounded wife, who was 13 weeks pregnant at the time.
http://abc13.com/news/2-men-charged-...-wife/1095839/


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You said you'd prefer to be armed? Do you even know how to handle a gun? And could you do it under stress?
Yes, everyone who owns a gun should be trained how to use it properly, and in different situations.

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Just make sure you dont shoot through a bathroom door.
You should never shoot a target that you can't identify. Anyone who has had proper gun training would know that.
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