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ProVega 2013/02/20 01:15:39
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We just spent this weekend with a set of incredibly brave UltraViolet members who have survived gun violence. The experience was deeply powerful. We met Casper from Wisconsin, a hunter whose daughter was murdered by her husband. He wants AR-15s off the streets. Julie from Texas lost her daughter, who was murdered by her husband when she was 39 weeks pregnant. And there was Diann, whose nephew was the victim of a drive-by shooting. And more.

We'll have more on their stories about gun violence soon. But this weekend, they had a very clear message for all of us: People need to know the facts and the truth about gun violence and how it impacts us every day.

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  • GoDucks5 2013/02/20 02:16:09
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    GoDucks5
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    30,000, about 11,000 murders and 19,000 suicides. Still less than the 55,000 from car accidents. Why don't we ban cars?

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  • Thank you but no... 2013/02/21 16:31:36
    None of the above
    Thank you but no...
    TOTAL gun deaths needs to include suicides, which make up two thirds of all US gun deaths.

    In 2010, there were 19,392 firearm-related suicide deaths, and 11,078 firearm-related homicide deaths in the United States.
  • Clay Slayer 2013/02/20 14:28:40
    None of the above
    Clay Slayer
    Medical malpractice is a bigger threat..

    98,000 patients die every year from preventable errors and more than one million are injured. However, though it may be hard for some to imagine, these figure actually underestimate the problem. Ban doctors....
  • rbeas 2013/02/20 13:29:15
    More than most know.
    rbeas
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    You got 8 / 8 (100%) correct!
  • theresabbylolz 2013/02/20 04:09:59
    None of the above
    theresabbylolz
    I'm not educated enough to answer this.
  • sneekyfoot 2013/02/20 02:56:55
    Not enough to be concerned with.
    sneekyfoot
    +1
    who cares its our right to be armed just like the military is m4 carbine
  • rbeas sneekyfoot 2013/02/20 13:30:08
    rbeas
    not according to the supreme court.
  • sneekyfoot rbeas 2013/02/20 14:06:00
    sneekyfoot
    Not tanks or jet fighters but assult rifles we do have that right and the court has not said otherwise .
  • rbeas sneekyfoot 2013/02/20 14:28:18
    rbeas
    Read #2 in the decision.

    Washington DC vs Heller The Supreme Court held:[43]
    (1) The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home. Pp. 2–53.
    (a) The Amendment’s prefatory clause announces a purpose, but does not limit or expand the scope of the second part, the operative clause. The operative clause’s text and history demonstrate that it connotes an individual right to keep and bear arms. Pp. 2–22.
    (b) The prefatory clause comports with the Court’s interpretation of the operative clause. The “militia” comprised all males physically capable of acting in concert for the common defense. The Antifederalists feared that the Federal Government would disarm the people in order to disable this citizens’ militia, enabling a politicized standing army or a select militia to rule. The response was to deny Congress power to abridge the ancient right of individuals to keep and bear arms, so that the ideal of a citizens’ militia would be preserved. Pp. 22–28.
    (c) The Court’s interpretation is confirmed by analogous arms-bearing rights in state constitutions that preceded and immediately followed the Second Amendment. Pp. 28–30.
    (d) The Second Amen...








    Read #2 in the decision.

    Washington DC vs Heller The Supreme Court held:[43]
    (1) The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home. Pp. 2–53.
    (a) The Amendment’s prefatory clause announces a purpose, but does not limit or expand the scope of the second part, the operative clause. The operative clause’s text and history demonstrate that it connotes an individual right to keep and bear arms. Pp. 2–22.
    (b) The prefatory clause comports with the Court’s interpretation of the operative clause. The “militia” comprised all males physically capable of acting in concert for the common defense. The Antifederalists feared that the Federal Government would disarm the people in order to disable this citizens’ militia, enabling a politicized standing army or a select militia to rule. The response was to deny Congress power to abridge the ancient right of individuals to keep and bear arms, so that the ideal of a citizens’ militia would be preserved. Pp. 22–28.
    (c) The Court’s interpretation is confirmed by analogous arms-bearing rights in state constitutions that preceded and immediately followed the Second Amendment. Pp. 28–30.
    (d) The Second Amendment’s drafting history, while of dubious interpretive worth, reveals three state Second Amendment proposals that unequivocally referred to an individual right to bear arms. Pp. 30–32.
    (e) Interpretation of the Second Amendment by scholars, courts and legislators, from immediately after its ratification through the late 19th century also supports the Court’s conclusion. Pp. 32–47.
    (f) None of the Court’s precedents forecloses the Court’s interpretation. Neither United States v. Cruikshank, 92 U. S. 542 , nor Presser v. Illinois, 116 U. S. 252 , refutes the individual-rights interpretation. United States v. Miller, 307 U. S. 174 , does not limit the right to keep and bear arms to militia purposes, but rather limits the type of weapon to which the right applies to those used by the militia, i.e., those in common use for lawful purposes. Pp. 47–54.

    (2) Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose: For example, concealed weapons prohibitions have been upheld under the Amendment or state analogues. The Court’s opinion should not be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms. Miller’s holding that the sorts of weapons protected are those “in common use at the time” finds support in the historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of dangerous and unusual weapons. Pp. 54–56. Breyer dissent goes on to conclude, "there simply is no untouchable constitutional right guaranteed by the Second Amendment to keep loaded handguns in the house in crime-ridden urban areas

    In McDonald v. City of Chicago, 561 U.S. 3025, 130 S.Ct. 3020, 177 L.Ed.2nd 894
    the Supreme Court held

    Writing for the majority, Justice Alito held that the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment incorporates the Second Amendment right recognized in Heller.[21] Writing a concurring opinion, Justice Thomas reached the same conclusion regarding the incorporation issue on different grounds: Privileges or Immunities Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.[22] The plurality decision also reaffirmed that certain firearms restrictions mentioned in District of Columbia v. Heller are assumed permissible and not directly dealt with in this case.[23] Such restrictions include those to "prohibit...the possession of firearms by felons or mentally ill" and "laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms" [23] "In sum, the Framers did not write the Second Amendment in order to protect a private right of armed self defense. There has been, and is, no consensus that the right is, or was, 'fundamental.'"[24]
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  • sneekyfoot rbeas 2013/02/20 19:25:10
    sneekyfoot
    Oh foc you will damage your brain if you worry so much . I got my assult riffles and ammo others do to , theres no way to take all the guns away from us now .
  • rbeas sneekyfoot 2013/02/20 19:27:41
    rbeas
    What is with all the gun owners thinking someone is coming to take your weapons away unless you break the law?
  • sneekyfoot rbeas 2013/02/20 19:33:54
    sneekyfoot
    Men have within them an ancient instinct to protect themselves in the most effiecient way possible . Why would I tolerate a shovel and rake when I can have a tractor with an airconditioned cab? sooting intruders with an assult rifle
  • Dave0626 2013/02/20 02:47:58
    None of the above
    Dave0626
    +1
    Oh yeah, here we go again...."Get rid of ALL the guns, and no one will die from getting shot." ...Yeah, right.
    Wanna buy some beach front property in Arizona? ...Selling really cheap. Bet ya just can't wait for that big daddy Socialism to 'take care of all your needs'....This way you won't have to strain yourself by thinking for yourself....All that'll be done for you.
  • rbeas Dave0626 2013/02/20 13:30:54
    rbeas
    who said get rid of all the guns?
  • Clay Sl... Dave0626 2013/02/20 13:55:42
    Clay Slayer
    +1
    yeppers.. ya know in England guns are banned,, seems they just had a shoot out from some criminals with machine guns.. Gun control at work..LMAO Impossible,, guns are banned in England.. How in the hell could there be a shoot out there????LMAO

    Gunmen turn London street into Quentin Tarantino movie with shoot ...www.dailymail.co.uk/.../Gu... +1'd this publicly. Undo
    Sep 21, 2012 – Gunmen turned a quiet London street into a Quentin Tarantino movie scene with a dawn shoot-out outside a birthday party. Two men died and ...
  • Dave0626 Clay Sl... 2013/02/20 15:01:55
    Dave0626
    Yeah, found that story, so much for that 'gun control' in England: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ne...
  • D S 2013/02/20 02:35:01
    None of the above
    D S
    +1
    Fewer than deaths by auto accident.
    Fewer than deaths by tobacco.
    Fewer than deaths by alcohol.
  • jubil8 BN-0 PON 2013/02/20 02:26:25
    More than many here will admit to.
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    I don't know how many will admit it -- it's not a hard figure to find. About 30K.

    The thing is, gun freaks DON'T care. And murdering criminals DON'T CARE either.
  • Clay Sl... jubil8 ... 2013/02/20 13:57:09 (edited)
    Clay Slayer
    You ASSume a lot,, I am a firearms instructor,, I care. However there is no way, no law, no restriction, no punishment, that will stop CRIMINALS from doing their dirt..

    Fine example here..

    Gunmen turn London street into Quentin Tarantino movie with shoot ...www.dailymail.co.uk/.../Gu... 1'd this publicly. Undo
    Sep 21, 2012 – Gunmen turned a quiet London street into a Quentin Tarantino movie scene with a dawn shoot-out outside a birthday party. Two men died and ...

    Now I see why your attitude,, you from Daley Country,, Illinois, the brainwashed (guns are bad) state...
  • GoDucks5 2013/02/20 02:16:09
    None of the above
    GoDucks5
    +5
    30,000, about 11,000 murders and 19,000 suicides. Still less than the 55,000 from car accidents. Why don't we ban cars?
  • jubil8 ... GoDucks5 2013/02/20 02:25:01
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    +1
    I wish I had a nickle for every time someone here made that lame comparison.
  • GoDucks5 jubil8 ... 2013/02/20 02:27:33
    GoDucks5
    +4
    55,000 people dead compared to 30,000? Does it matter how they die? Are they any less dead since they were killed in a car accident than by a gun? If you say yes then that just shows how ignorant you are.
  • ProVega GoDucks5 2013/10/29 02:48:58
    ProVega
    They are not designed to KILL!
  • flaca BN-0 2013/02/20 02:06:17
    More than most know.
    flaca BN-0
    It's about 30,000. High compared to other countries, Nobody knows why.
  • Clay Sl... flaca BN-0 2013/02/20 13:59:20
    Clay Slayer
    Because of the population difference,,, Australia has 1/3rd of the population of the USA... and then those other countries have more beating to death, stabbings, and other means of murder than the US..
  • Thank y... Clay Sl... 2013/02/21 16:42:49
    Thank you but no...
    Firearm-related deaths in Australia are 0.13 per 100,000, or 27 times lower than that of the United States.
  • Clay Sl... Thank y... 2013/02/21 21:55:40 (edited)
    Clay Slayer
    Golly, Gee.. their freaking populations is less that 1/3rd of the USA.. and their rapes, home invasions, and other murders are per capita , worse than in the USA...Look at your Own country.. they wont tell the truth about the esculation in crime since the Gun Ban.. but GEE no gun deaths,, my ass.. Justlook what happened in london the other day..Machine Guns.. Yep your freaking gun ban really works dont it..LMAO OH Yes I have Friends from the UK that come here to shoot trap with me,, they tell the truth.. Your street crime and assaults have trippled since the gun ban..
  • Thank y... Clay Sl... 2013/02/22 02:49:01
    Thank you but no...
    .. their freaking populations is less that 1/3rd of the USA..
    I know. That's why I gave the figures per 100,00 population. Which means they are directly comparable.

    Australia has 1.05 gun deaths of which .09 are homicides per 100,00 pop.
    USA has 10.92 gun deaths of which 3.2 are homicides per 100,000 pop.
    UK has 0.25 gun deaths of which 0.04 are homicides per 100,000 pop.

    Whoever said we had no gun deaths?

    Since the gun ban? Which gun ban? We never had a gun culture here, and there has never actually been a gun ban. Certain classes of weapon are not allowed in public hands, but you can still obtain a firearms licence if you can show cause.

    Rape rates per 100,000 population for 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010
    Australia 94 93 89 79.5
    USA 30.6 29.8 29.0 27.3
    UK 23.4 24.0 27.5 28.8

    Australia has much worse rape statistics, but they are dropping. Ours and yours are about the same, but yours are dropping, ours getting very slightly worse.

    Research before posting, bro.
  • Clay Sl... Thank y... 2013/02/22 15:13:49
    Clay Slayer
    the point is not the guns.. it is the crime caused because people have no way to defend themselves from the criminal eliment and crime rates always go up where there are gun bans,, Sure they flucuate. up and down, no matter where one is,,, The stabbings , home invasions and beatings, physical assaults all increase.. Also Look at the shoot out they just had in London,, GEE! that couldnt happen , Machine guns are banned in England...LMAO My entire point is, no matter what restrictions there are, criminals dont give a damn nor do they follow the law... It just riles me up that people keep hollering about firearms and turn their head to the crimes that the lack of firearms causes..

    they also never mention for instance, there are over 3 million carry permit holders here in this state alone, and not one of them has committed a crime of violence with a gun.. and in the Unitied States, 80 million gun owners that have never committed a crime.. Who is committing the crime>?? Criminals that the law slaps on the wrist and put back on the street...

    Another example of firearms ownership, there have been many breakins around here.. why not my house? everyone, the law abiding and the bums around here all Know what I do for a living...
  • Thank y... Clay Sl... 2013/02/22 15:29:44
    Thank you but no...
    Violent crimes have dropped by two thirds in the UK in the last twenty years.
  • Clay Sl... Thank y... 2013/02/22 18:15:00
  • Thank y... Clay Sl... 2013/02/22 19:00:14
  • Clay Sl... Thank y... 2013/02/22 22:31:15
    Clay Slayer
    you reallly dont believe that news is going to tell the truth.. freakin propaganda rag...LMAO
  • Thank y... Clay Sl... 2013/02/23 14:44:02
    Thank you but no...
    So you'd believe internet rumours and the uninformed opinions of like-minded people RATHER than a well-respected legitimate newspaper?

    No wonder you're an idiot.
  • Aurora 2013/02/20 01:16:27
    None of the above
    Aurora
    +2
    Less than car accidents.

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