yellowstone national park 1904, gun lore for beginners

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park by Henry Wellge, c1904. I am not sure whether it was a commission by or a gift to the Northern Pacific Railway Company.

I’ll used this link to correct the way I in artfully stated some the other day about owning a gun. There are some good statistics showing that a higher density of gun ownership is related to a higher incidence of gun deaths: Fact-checking some of the gun lobby’s favorite arguments shows they’re full of holes.

Myth #2: Guns don’t kill people—people kill people.
Fact-check: People with more guns tend to kill more people—with guns. The states with the highest gun ownership rates have a gun murder rate 114% higher [6] than those with the lowest gun ownership rates. Also, gun death rates tend to be higher in states with higher rates of gun ownership. Gun death rates are generally lower in states [7] with restrictions such as assault-weapons bans or safe-storage requirements.

If you stay at home a lot it is easy to get the impression from TV dramas that random violence of the stranger on stranger variety is the most common form of violence. Male or female if you are assaulted or shot the odds are the perpetrator was friend or family. Not many people hold their friends or partners at gun point, you know, just in case. Trusting people and having relationships is what humans try to do. It can also make it difficult to know when things have shifted into deadly violence mode,

Myth #7: Guns make women safer.Fact-check: In 2010, nearly 6 times more [33] women were shot by husbands, boyfriends, and ex-partners than murdered by male strangers.• A woman’s chances of being killed by her abuser increase more than 7 times [34] if he has access to a gun.• One study found that women in states with higher gun ownership rates were 4.9 times [35] more likely to be murdered by a gun than women in states with lower gun ownership rates.

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