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View Diary: Daily Kos/PPP Poll: NRA and GOP grossly out-of-step with America ... including Republicans (235 comments)

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  •  please (5+ / 0-)

    a real assault weapons ban would work (as it has in Australia, for example).
    The Connecticut ban had more holes in it than a window screen. There were especially loopholes for Colt, which is based in that state.

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    •  It isn't as cut and dry as you might think (0+ / 0-)

      Apparently, 85% of firearms used to commit murder in Australia between 2002-2003 were simply unregistered and 80% were never legally purchased.

      It is also worth noting that as suicide rates by gun declined there, suicide rates by hanging/other methods increased.

      Note that every time you see a news article quote the success of the Australian ban, they always are very careful with their wording.  Drop in suicide rates by assault weapons.  Drop in murder rates by assault weapons.

      Apparently, the trends don't mirror drops in overall suicide or murder rates, indicating that the tools may have changed, but the under lying criminality/mental illnesses still results in the same damage to society.

      •  and whenever you see gun users citing Australia (0+ / 0-)

        they tend to ignore the fact that the "increases" in non-gun violence recorded there are actually increases in the percentages of violent acts that did not use a gun. As the numbers of violent crimes decreased, the NUMBER of those crimes committed with other weapons stayed about the same, but the percentages increased (because many of the guns were not in the hands of citizens any more.)

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