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A gun kept in the home for self-defense is 6 times MORE LIKELY to be used to kill a relative or a friend
than it is to be used against a burglar or unlawful intruder.

Over 100 CHILDREN ages 1-19 die annually from accidental misuse of firearms.
[1.7 million children live in homes with loaded and unlocked guns]

The shooting in Sandy Hook/Newtown is not the first time our children have been targets. Children have also been shot in movie theaters, in their homes, and trick-or-treating:

Mass shootings since 1980 include

  • Stockton, CA. 1989 - 5 children dead and 33 wounded on an elementary school playground

  • Olivehurst, CA. 1992 - 3 children dead and over 20 taken hostage at Lindhurst High School

  • Littleton, CO. 1999 -12 children killed, dozens wounded at Columbine High School

  • Nickel Mines, PA. 2006 - 5 children killed and 7 injured in an Amish girls’ school

America’s murder rate is...

2 times that of Canada
3 times that of the United Kingdom
4 times that of Australia
5 times that of Spain
10 times that of Iceland and Japan

Countries with homicide rates similar to the U.S. include:
Niger, Palestine, Turkmenistan, and Yemen.

America has more guns than anywhere else in the world.

There are
88.8 privately owned guns per 100 Americans.

Countries with the next highest firearm ownership percentages are:
Serbia (58.2 per 100 population) and Yemen (54.2 per 100 population).

The U.S. DOES NOT have an effective, comprehensive system to keep guns out of the hands of those who are likely to use them to kill.

In 2010, firearms manufacturers and dealers reported
over 25,000 guns as lost or stolen, up 30% from the previous year.

1. Drinan, Robert F. “The Good Outweighs the Evil.” The Gun Control Debate ed. Lee Nesbit, 1990. Cited in Spitzer, Robert J. The Politics of Gun Control, 1995. Study is based on FBI statistics.
2. Centers for Disease Control; National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.
3. Spitzer, Robert J. The Politics of Gun Control, 1995.

4. Slate Magazine. “Sandy Hook: A chart of all 137 fatal school shootings since 1980.” 2012.
5. The New York Times. “Major Fatal Campus Shootings” (2007) and related articles.
6. Source: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
7. Christian Science Monitor. “A look at America’s gun industry.” 2013.

8. U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information, 2012.

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