Statements about Guns
"As a result of National Rifle Association and other private-sector (safety-education) programs, fatal firearms accidents are at the lowest level in 100 years."
Says "the jurisdictions with the strictest gun control laws, almost without exception … have the highest crime rates and the highest murder rates."
"States have cumulatively cut over $1.8 billion from their mental health services between 2009 and 2011. This is the largest reduction in state mental health services in half a century."
Says since Australia passed tough gun laws, "homicides by firearm have declined almost 60 percent."
"I had to lay off 48 people last year," which has exacerbated the lack of law enforcement officers in the county that respond quickly to crime calls.
Says according to the FBI, more people are killed each year with hammers and clubs than rifles.
"Today, about 40 percent of guns are purchased without a background check."
"One out of every five law enforcement officers that's killed is killed with an assault weapon."
"Washington, D.C., had some of the strictest gun laws in the country. And when they passed them, violence skyrocketed."
"We just had someone last week in Neenah near a school kill someone with a bow and arrow."
People committed involuntarily for 72 hours under the Baker Act will get their guns back "automatically and immediately upon discharge....and their commitment is never entered into a background check database."
Says U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., celebrates gun ownership even in the face of school shootings.
"Even members of the NRA, when they were polled recently, were under the impression that everyone has a criminal background check."
Since 1968, "more Americans have died from gunfire than died in … all the wars of this country's history."
In 2011, more people were murdered with knives, "hands or feet" or "clubs and hammers" than with any type of rifle.
In 2010, 2,694 young people were killed by gunfire. 1,773 were victims of homicide; 67 were elementary school-age children.
"Semi-automatic weapons, whether pistol or rifle, were designed for use by the military on the battlefield."
"Every day, 34 Americans are murdered with guns."
"Switzerland (where the government) issues every household a gun . . . has the lowest gun related crime rate of any civilized country in the world!!!"
Says George Washington said a free people should be armed to guard against government tyranny.
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