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  •  The increase in guns comes at a decrease in owners (0+ / 0-)

    There are more guns in the hands of fewer people.

    The number of households owning guns has declined from almost 50% in 1973 to just over 32% in 2010, according to a 2011 study produced by The University of Chicago's National Opinion Research Center. The number of gun owners has gone down almost 10% over the same period, the report found
    This explains, in part, how you can tout more guns and less violence.  

    I still claim (and you haven't responded to) that more guns means more chances for accidental shootings, injuries and deaths.  Fewer guns means fewer kids shot by other kids, people shot while cleaning their weapons, and people shot through the wall of their apartment because someone else mishandled a firearm.  

    •  So (0+ / 0-)

      No matter how many people have guns, there are more guns. Along with that fact, there is less gun violence. Minimal conclusion: more guns does not correlate with or cause more gun violence.

      Turning to accidents, there are surely many, although the statistics are poor see here:. There is no evidence that I can find demonstrating that any form of gun control has led to fewer accidental shootings, injuries and deaths. Have you got something?

      There are already plenty of laws about how to treat weapons; I am skeptical that any more legislation would be of great benefit. That said, just as we try to teach people to drive safely, I don't suppose there could be much objection to trying to teach people more about gun safety. Can't be any less effective than public safety campaigns to stop texting while driving and just saying no.

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