Gun death statistics project a grisly picture of the effect of uncontrolled gun ownership. But gun crime statistics seem to have no impact on the anti gun control lobby. Take for example the American Rifles Association (NRA) who seems to be leading the attack on the protagonists of stronger gun control. The activities of NRA on the anti gun control front make one wonder whether it is an association of sportsmen as claimed by its members or it is a highly paid lobby as alleged by its critics. Countering all the claims made by the NRA, the gun death statistics show that gun ownership has a strong positive correlation with gun crime. Otherwise, how will one explain the fact that the number of murders in any country has a direct variation with the number of privately owned guns in that country? Gun death statistics also go to show that the ratio of gun ownership is very high in America with 89 guns for a population of 100. If we combine both these findings based on gun control facts, we can easily conclude that it is the uncontrolled gun ownership in our country that contributes to its high rate of gun death. One more startling fact revealed by gun death statistics is that the number of suicides in an area is also related to the number of guns owned in the area. The message conveyed by these figures is very simple. If you have more guns, you are likely to have more murders or suicides! But none of these gun death statistics will matter to the NRA which has been adopting an intransigent attitude towards gun control, who is unwilling to consider the gun control pros and cons. The NRA goes all out to prevent any meaningful anti gun legislation being enacted by threatening the legislators that they would be defeated even in the primaries if they fail to toe the line of the NRA. It is not surprising therefore, to see several legislators joining the anti gun control lobby unmindful of the disturbing outlook presented by the gun death statistics.
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