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#1. We have a background check. I'll type it slowly, back-ground check! In order for anyone to actually buy a gun they have to get a background check to see if they have criminal records. Nothing new here. Besides, you mention Chicago, the murder capital of the U.S. You must know that Chicago has the strictest gun control laws in the country yet over Chicago has had over 650 murders this year alone! Look it up.
If you restrict the gun laws to make it would be very difficult for anyone to get a gun, do you know who will follow those laws? Answer - the law abiding citizens. So know it is very difficult for a "good guy" to get a gun so now the criminals have guns because criminals break the laws and now law abiding citizens can't defend themselves.
You mentioned gun-related suicides as well. Here is an article on how many people commit suicide.
So the article says in 2014 the suicide per capita was ~13 per 100,000 people, yet the gun per capita data in the U.S. does not go hand in hand. In the United States there are approximately 88 guns per 100 people or 270 million guns total. So the suicide rate compared to guns in the U.S. is very low. Let's look at South Korea and their suicide rate just as another example. This is a bit older from the Washington Post.
South Korea nearly has 25 suicides per 100,000 people, about double that of the U.S. So South Korea must just have guns spilling out onto the streets. Right? Wrong. According to another article from the Washington post, South Korea has 1.1 guns per 100 people. So that means that the United States has 88x the amount of guns per capita than in South Korea, yet their suicide rate is double the United States. It's a myth, and here is the article to prove that.
Oh, and here is one from Duke with sources and everything proving what I have just spoke about. https://people.duke.edu...
So you see, I have proven that gun control is just myths, no matter what people want to say: people get background checks to get a gun, number of guns in this country to not stimulate the suicide rate, and gun control just doesn't work.
A study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that 'Legal purchase of a handgun appears to be associated with a long lasting increased risk of violent death'. Here's the source where I found this piece of information: David Frum, "Are Gun Accidents 'Very Rare'?," www.thedailybeast.com, Feb. 20, 2013
According to a March 10th, 2016 Lancet study, implementing federal universal background checks could reduce firearm deaths by a projected 56.9%. P. Cummings, T.D. Koepsell, D.C. Grossman, J. Savarino, and R.S. Thompson, "The Association between the Purchase of a Handgun and Homicide or Suicide," American Journal of Public Health, June 1997
Of the 29,618,300 violent crimes committed between 2007 and 2011, 0.79% of victims(235,700) protected themselves with a threat of use or use of a firearm, the least employed protective behavior. Michael Planty and Jennifer L. Truman, "Firearm Violence, 1993-2011," www.bjs.gov, May 2013
A June 2013 Institute of Medicine report states that 'almost all guns used in criminal acts enter circulation via initial legal transaction'. That means that legally owned guns are frequently stolen and used by criminals. Institute of Medicine, "Priorities for Research to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-Related Violence," www.iom.edu, June 5, 2013
So these are the arguments I've just presented: More gun control laws would reduce gun deaths, guns are rarely used in self defense, and legally owned guns are frequently stolen and used by criminals.
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