NRA hurting efforts to make country safer

info@islandpacket.comFebruary 26, 2013 

Like most people, I am very disturbed by the frequency of gun deaths in this country. I find myself looking around for people "carrying," something I have never done before. All I knew about the National Rifle Association was that it is an organization that promotes gun safety and education. Then I heard Wayne LaPierre. I discovered some facts about the NRA and guns that I would like to share:

  • Forty percent of gun sales in the U.S. occur without background checks.

  • Two million criminals and dangerous persons are prevented from buying guns at licensed dealers due to background checks.

  • In domestic violence situations, a woman is 500 percent more likely to be murdered by her husband or partner if there is a gun in the house.

  • The NRA lobbied to make sure that domestic violence abusers can keep their guns.

  • On average, 30,000 people die from guns per year in the U.S.; 100,000 people are shot.

  • The NRA is lobbying states to allow concealed weapons in workplaces, schools, day-care facilities, college campuses and bars.

  • The homicide rate is seven times higher in the U.S. than in other high income countries. The number of homicide involving firearms is 20 times higher.

  • Thanks to the NRA, people on the terrorist watch list can pass background checks and buy guns. It also blocked legislation by President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama to prevent sales to terror suspects.

  • Don't believe me? Do the research.

    Maggie Morse

    Bluffton

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