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July 25th, 2012
11:30 PM ET

Armed in the USA


Picture a group of 100 people. Now imagine 89 of them have a gun. That's the average ratio of firearms to people in the U.S. according to 2007 figures from the monitoring group Small Arms Survey.

Now consider this: the country with the second-highest rate of gun ownership is Yemen. And it has an average of 55 guns per 100 individuals.

The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is commonly quoted as "the right to bear arms," though its meaning is frequently debated. The recent massacre in the state of Colorado has put new attention on gun control laws.

But skeptics doubt anything will change... and point to past tragedies as proof. The Columbine school shooting of 1999 happened in Littleton, Colorado. That's just 18 miles (30 km) from Aurora.

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  1. DavidT

    So would you rather live in Yemen, with virtually no laws? Please realize that legally owned firearms are used up to 2.5 million times per year, usually with no shots fired, to prevent crime. Would have us give in to all criminals and let them rule the streets? The police can't be there to protect you and indeed have no duty to do so. Your safety is your responsibility, not the governments.

    July 26, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Reply
  2. TSgt B

    And your point would be? Based upon your logic, or lack thereof, one could easily assume that to be safe one should be considerably further away from Columbie.
    Columbine and Cimema 16 have 2 things in common: both wore the sites of massacres, and the killers were able to conduct their slaughters BECAUSE NO ONE AT EITHER SITE COULD POSSESS THE ONLY EFFECTIVE MEANS OF COUNTERING SUCH AN ATTACK, A FIREARM.
    The Commie News Network is nothing but a shill for the leftists. Any degree of integrirty, fairness, or accuracy has long since left the network.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Reply
  3. RickB

    We need to work on those last 11 slackers.

    July 26, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Reply
  4. Gordon

    I can see where that is a problem, we really need to work on getting that ratio above the 95 in 100. The reason "nothing will change" is because disturbed individuals killing people has nothing to do with the Second Amendment, it has to do with disturbed individuals killing people, other than the fact that the killing may have been substantially less had there been someone else there with a weapon who could have stopped the shooter. Unfortunately, theatre management had it posted with a sign that said essentially: "Welcome, kill as many as you want, no one can stop you".

    July 26, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Reply
  5. In alaska

    So, 89 out of 100 eh?
    Now the only question is: how do we arm the other 19?

    July 27, 2012 at 5:02 am | Reply
    • Nook

      That's really thkniing at a high level

      September 8, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Reply
      • DavidT

        Well, he's just using math like they do in DC. Numbers mean what you want them to, who cares about what they really mean.🙂

        September 11, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
  6. Vince

    Melissa, there is some information on the net I hope you can help me debunk. Some nut claims that Washington DC has the most extreme gun control laws of any American city. He also claims that in 2010 DC had twenty seven times more murders than the larger city of El Paso, Texas. He further claims that in Texas any responsible adult citizen can carry a loaded, concealed handgun.

    I pointed out to the guy that there is a lot of difference in the two cities, that DC consists of a majority minority. He said the same is true for El Paso. Then I pointed out there are probably a lot of knife killings in El Paso. He was it didn't matter, killing is killing and the comparison is about total murders, not gun murders. I told him that it is untrue that everyone can carry concealed in Texas, one has to get a permit. He said I was correct but that every responsible adult (over 21) citizen had the option of getting the permit since Texas is a "shall issue" state. He defines responsible as someone who is not a felon.

    I am having problems proving this guy is wrong. Perhaps you can look into this and help me out Melissa. Twenty seven times more murders sure is a lot, especially for the city with the most gun control. Do you suppose Texas is on to something by allowing honest citizens to arm themselves?

    July 27, 2012 at 7:07 am | Reply
  7. Jim

    Stock up now if you have not already. Bury a few thousand rounds where no one else can find them. Don't trust the feds.

    August 2, 2012 at 5:58 am | Reply

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