• The US gun industry is estimated to be worth more than $60bn a year
  • There are roughly 300 million firearms owned by civilians in the country, which has a population of 311 million
  • There are at least 88 guns per 100 residents in the US, making it first in the world in gun ownership per capita
  • By contrast, Serbia, which is second on that list, has 58 guns per 100 people
  • Two-thirds of all murders in the US are committed with firearms
  • In 2010, that amounted to 8,775 out of nearly 13,000 murders
  • The second amendment of the US Bill of Rights protects the right to bear arms
  • 13 people were killed in the Columbine High School shooting in April 1999
  • Ten people were killed in 2002 Beltway Sniper attacks
  • 32 people were killed by a student at Virginia Tech University in 2007
  • A lone gunman killed six schoolgirls in Pennsylvania Amish in 2006
  • Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was wounded in a 2011 shooting that killed six people
  • Ohio’s Chardon High School shooting left three students dead in March 2012

There are liars, damn liars and statisticians. I certainly am not a liar or a damn liar but today I offer stats so beware. As I see the argument over gun control in the States it is really simple. Less guns equal less murders. If you feel the need to protect your country join the military, join the police, join the National Guard. If you feel the need to protect yourself and your loved ones do it with smarts rather than bullets. Just my own opinion and no one has to agree with me but I sure hope you do!

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