Regarding the seven-point plan to reduce gun violence proposed by
Aggravated by such events as the
The Uniform Crime Reporting Program, or UCR, reported that 129,741 murders were reported in the U.S. between 2000 and 2008. The UCR defines murder as, "the willful killing of one human being by another." The UCR found that two-thirds of these murder victims were killed by a firearm of some type. Whereas firearms account for 66 percent of murders, the next most common weapon, knives or cutting instruments, only account for 13 percent. These statistics lead back to my point that guns make killing much easier as well as distant and impersonal. Unlike homicides involving knives, gun homicides require no physical investment in the subject, aside from pulling the trigger.
A study by the National Institute of Justice of U.S. Cities found a positive correlation between gun ownership levels and felony murder. Greater gun use does not appear to affect violence levels, but they allow a greater portion of that violence to turn deadly. For these reasons, I am all for gun buyback programs. A buyback program conducted by the
One shortfall is that the people who are attracted to these programs are least likely to commit crimes to begin with. They also end up collecting more hunting rifles than automatic weapons. Additionally, I am a supporter of Gov.
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