Statements about Guns
"More than 80 percent of Americans believe we need to have universal background checks."
Research found that "over the course of the existence of the Brady Bill ban, the use of assault weapons in crimes decreased by two thirds."
A proposed ban on hollow-point bullets and bullets that expand upon impact "essentially bans deer hunting."
"We have over 300,000,000 weapons, firearms in this country. That’s almost as big as the population."
"Rhode Island could tell you who has a camper, but we couldn't figure out who has a gun."
"You can't bring an iPad or a piece of paper and a pencil in the (Wisconsin Assembly) gallery to take notes of what's going on," but "you can bring a gun up there."
"There’s more murders with hammers last year than...shotguns and pistols and AK-47s."
Says after Hurricane Sandy, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg "refused to allow the National Guard into the city to restore civil order because Guardsmen carry guns!"
"There are more people killed with baseball bats and hammers than are killed with guns."
Says "overwhelming majorities of Americans" support gun legislation "like background checks."
There are twice as many gun shops as McDonald’s in the United States.
More than 40 percent of sales nationally are made without background checks.
Says each year approximately 30,000 people in the United States die as a result of gunfire, and about 80,000 people are wounded.
Says Gov. John Kasich can remove the president of the State Board of Education.
"A majority of Americans agree with" a ban on assault weapons. "And by the way, so did Ronald Reagan."
40 percent of U.S. gun sales "are occurring outside of" licensed gun dealers.
Says the claim that 40 percent of guns are sold without background checks traces to information gathered before background checks were even required.
In 2009, the FBI "referred more than 71,000" cases of people failing background checks when trying to buy a gun to another federal agency, "but U.S. attorneys ultimately prosecuted only 77 of them."
"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."
"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."
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