Yes of course it's mostly handguns, just as most deaths aren't due to mass shootings. Handguns are more common (cheaper, and easier to conceal if you intend to commit a crime). Firearms cause around 30,000 deaths/year in the US, apparently (plus about 70,000 injuries) - about the same number as car accidents - yet the budget for research into preventing gun deaths is, guess what, only one 20th of the budget for preventing car accidents. It's almost as though there's a conspiracy ... oh, wait, there is!
Apparently there are 315 million people living in the US, who between them own 300 million guns, and 260 million cars. On 8 October 2013 11:25, meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net> wrote: > On 10/7/2013 3:01 PM, LizR wrote: > >> One thing wrong with the US constitution is that the "right to bear arms" >> meant muskets and flintlock pistols at the time, but has been extended to, >> for example, semi-automatic weapons. The people who wrote it were only >> aware of single-shot weapons, even the colt revolver hadn't been invented! >> If they're so keen to extend the original meaning to what are in effect >> weapons of mass destruction, why not, say, let citizens build nuclear bombs >> if they want to? >> > > The second amendment was adopted by people who had just fought as rebels > against the army of an oppressive government. So their intent was plainly > to ensure that any new central government could be overthrown as well > should it become oppressive. So the arms an individual should have a right > to bear would be the same as those issued to individual soldiers in the > military, i.e. assault rifles (which are issued to everyone in > Switzerland). Because of the media coverage of rare multiple shootings and > because assault rifles look scarier, most people don't realize that 97% of > gun deaths in the U.S. involve handguns. The Supreme Court could easily > uphold a ban on handguns and still support the intent of the 2nd amendment > and not interfere with hunting; but no state has tried such a ban. > > I think that the examples of Poland, South Africa, the USSR, India, and > Egypt indicate that overthrow of oppressive governments can be done by > unarmed citizens, and if so that's the better way. But it's clearly not > the example the authors of the U.S. constitution had before them. > > Brent > > > -- > You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups > "Everything List" group. > To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an > email to > everything-list+unsubscribe@**googlegroups.com<everything-list%2bunsubscr...@googlegroups.com> > . > To post to this group, send email to > everything-list@googlegroups.**com<email@example.com> > . > Visit this group at > http://groups.google.com/**group/everything-list<http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list> > . > For more options, visit > https://groups.google.com/**groups/opt_out<https://groups.google.com/groups/opt_out> > . > -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/groups/opt_out.