LEAD Action News vol 4 no 4 Spring 1996
Incorporating Lead Aware Times ( ISSN 1440-4966) and Lead Advisory Service News ( ISSN 1440-0561)
The journal of The LEAD (Lead Education and Abatement Design) Group Inc.
Guns: Myth vs. Reality
Reprinted with the kind permission of the Coalition for Gun Control
Myth 1: Guns are mostly used by crazies, unlicensed shooters or criminals to kill people
Myth 2: Apart from isolated incidents, deaths by shooting are not a
really big problem in Australia.
Myth 3: The only guns you really have to worry about are those that can be concealed, and machine guns that are not available in this country.
Reality: The vast majority of gun violence involves the most common and least regulated types of guns - ordinary rifles and shotguns. The type of guns subject to the most restriction, the handgun, causes fewest deaths.
Myth 4: You need a gun in your house for self-defence against intruders
Reality: Acquiring a gun for self-defence is both illegal and dangerous. In households with guns, the person most likely to get shot is a family member.
Myth 5: Its not guns that kill people, its people. Why blame guns?
Reality: People assaulted with a gun are 12 times more likely to die than when they are assaulted by other means. Look at America, where there are 220 million guns in circulation. It has 14 times our population but 65 times our gun deaths, and 200 times our gun homicides.
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