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You just have to love at all those who are in support of a gun ban, who write such drivel, pure propaganda I tell you. As if knives are the only other alternative to a deadly weapon.

The more cerebrally challenged on the Left can't think outside the box, a scenario of detonating a bomb, or blowing oneself up in a crowded place is outside of their understanding, they live in a Utopia.

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Either that, or the bad portion agrees with you.

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2 of 2: Statistics bring little comfort to those good people who are so terribly affected by tragic events like in Connecticut recently. The startling reminder that there are monsters in the world compels them to want to do something. What they really want to do is outlaw the monsters, but they know that monsters do not obey laws. Encouraged by government and media, (who have a different agenda) they fall for the propaganda and lash out at the tool, as though it was the monster. They think that passing laws against them is going to somehow make 300 million guns unavailable to the monsters. Here is a reminder. Monsters don't obey laws. You cannot un-invent guns, and even if it was a good idea (which it is not) we have two porous borders and 300 million guns already in the country. It would be impossible to make guns unavailable to those who would do harm. How good was the government at keeping alcohol out of hands of criminals during Prohibition? How good has the government been at keeping cocaine, crack, meth and marijuana out of the hands of criminals to this day? What makes anyone think the government could ever keep guns out of the hands of criminals? The government can't protect us from criminals having access to guns, no matter how strict the guns laws they wish to pass. So the only choice available to us is whether we understand the PRINCIPLES, and allow good Americans to be armed against criminals and tyrants, or you leave them helpless victims....like they do in England. They say that people who want to keep weapons as a defense to tyranny are paranoid, and that it can never happen here. Really??? TSA, The Patriot Act, FISA, the NDAA,...if the government was not defecating on the Constitution every other week perhaps we could talk (no...we still couldn't), and as they lead us into the very real possibility of a financial collapse, I don't think this is a very good time to consider giving up our weapons. If you look at gun and ammo sales statistics from the last few weeks, I'd say a good portion of America agrees with me.

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1 of 2: America was founded on PRINCIPLES of human rights that are aligned with the laws of nature. The Second Amendment is derived from the principle that every creature has the right to defend itself. If some guy walked in and started punching Piers in the face, no one would argue that he had the right to hit back. If the same guy came in with a bat, no one would argue that Piers could pick up a chair or table leg to defend himself, and would have every right to do so. But if the same guy came in with a gun, then Piers is arguing that you no longer have that same right to defend yourself? You must become a helpless victim? That would be like saying you must tie your hands behind your back when the guy comes in to punch you, or hit you with a bat. You no longer have the right to defend yourself. "But why do you need an assault rifle?" This PRINCIPLE is not affected by time or technology, and it is self-evident that it should apply to whatever the weapons of the day might be. Here is hoping that we never need our modern rifles for anything but 3 gun competitions, but in America we recognize the difference between having and not needing, and needing and not having. You see in England, they have the royalty, who are sovereign, and have all the rights, and the subjects get to live their lives as long as they obey the rules that the sovereignty grants them. In America, we the people are the sovereigns, and we have allowed government the authority to handle certain things, all designed to protect our liberty. We don't like the idea of being subjects. We are a nation of heroes and free thinkers, and the idea of leaving our people helpless to criminals or tyrants is offensive to us. In England they take comfort in the fact that, even though their rape, robbery, and murder statistics are comparable, gun related deaths are low. In America, we would rather think that some of those people who would be helpless victims in Europe, would have a chance to defend themselves here. Piers brought up the statistics of gun related deaths in America compared to England. The statistics have nothing to do with the PRINCIPLE, but let's examine them for a moment. When you consider that there are around 52 million households owning 200 to 300 million guns, the number of gun deaths is amazingly low. It means that over 50 million gun owners (a number that dwarfs every other country in the world) in America harm no one. That means that the good guys outnumber the bad guys by a ridiculous margin, and in an increasingly dangerous world, only a fool would want to disarm the good guys.

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IF you actually own any guns you can turn them into your police dept for a gift card. Since they scare you so much you should hurry before you blow a gasket.

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Or gravity. Or life.

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LOL. Or cars. Don't forget about cars...

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Never bring a knife argument to a gun argument.

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Since the devastating tragedy at Sandyhook Elementary School, I suspect that those of us who’ve never been personally touched by gun violence are giving gun control a whole lot more thought than ever before – particularly if frequenting the online social networks, now plastered with pro- and anti-gun memes.

Of the pro-gun memes and comments, the one you’re most likely to hear is along the lines of “If killers really want to kill, they’ll find a way – knives aren’t against the law.” And then, of course, there are all the statistics of how many people are killed in car accidents annually – as if a mode of transportation was in any way comparable to an instrument designed for killing.

While knives are far more available than guns (in fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find a single household that doesn’t possess a knife), the fact is that guns kill far more people annually than knives. If you remove guns from the equation, the number of knife killings would have to increase tenfold to equal the number of gun killings.

According to the “Futures Without Violence” organization (formerly the Family Violence Prevention Fund), women who suffer from domestic violence are five times more likely to be murdered if there is a gun in the home. That’s a pretty striking statistic and flies in the face of claims that those who kill with guns would find another way to kill. In fact, that statistic almost makes it seem as though it’s the gun that’s creating the killer.

Mass knifings (four or more people killed), on the other hand, are virtually nonexistent. There have purportedly been two in the U.S. (according to Spartan Cops). I’d hazard a guess that the amount of people killed in those mass stabbings was less than 10.

Killing with a knife requires the perpetrator to be in close contact with the victim. It’s highly doubtful that those involved in any of these shootings would have had the stomach to do what they did if not for the relatively easy and impersonal method of killing provided by guns (which is perhaps why many of these mass gun killers wear masks – to further separate themselves from the violence they are inflicting).

Of all the homicides in the U.S., approximately 70% are committed with firearms. From 1999-2010, the Center for Disease Control reports that 364,483 Americans were killed by guns in the U.S. — that averages out to approximately 30,000 gun fatalities per year (compared to less than 3,000 stabbing fatalities.

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