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Background Checks for Gun Purchases Save Lives, Study Proves

Background Checks for Gun Purchases Save Lives, Study Proves

Gun control advocates and gun owners often disagree about what to do about the alarming rate of gun violence in our country. Amidst all the political back and forth, however, there is little disagreement about the desire to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. While no one tactic is absolute, background checks have proven to significantly reduce guns being sold to those who are deemed unfit to have them. Nearly 89 percent of Americans (and 84 percent of gun owners) support background checks for all gun sales.

A recent study shows what happens when background checks are not used.

In 2007, Missouri repealed its law that required licensing and a background check before purchasing a firearm. While federally licensed dealers were still required to perform background checks, private sales through unlicensed sellers no longer required them. In the aftermath, an average of 60 more people were killed by a firearm in every year since the repeal.

The study performed by the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (named in honor of former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s financial support) looked at murder data provided by the FBI, as well as death certificate data from the CDC. It was in the latter that showed the spike in firearm deaths, which had increased by 23 percent in Missouri from 2008-2012. The overall murder rate (from all sources) was down 5 percent in the United States overall.

While the data didn’t show a spike in murders in neighboring states, Illinois and Kansas both showed an increase in guns confiscated from criminals that had come from Missouri. In 2009, just two years after the repeal, Missouri ranked 37th in “crime guns” – a term used to describe firearms used in a crime after the original sale. Forty percent of Missouri’s guns are recovered in a crime within two years from the original sale.

The lead researcher on the John Hopkins study wrote that the study “provides compelling confirmation that weaknesses in firearm laws lead to deaths from gun violence. There is strong evidence to support the idea that the repeal of Missouri’s handgun purchaser licensing law contributed to dozens of additional murders in Missouri each year since the law was changed.”

In 2010, the Mayors Against Illegal Guns funded a project called Trace the Guns. The organization, founded in 2006 by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, is a bipartisan coalition of mayors from across the country focused on keeping illegal guns off the streets. The Trace the Guns project identified what laws were in place in each state and the rate of illegal guns that flowed in and out.

The states with the fewest gun laws on the books and those that did not require background checks ranked high for the number of crime guns originating from the state. The project identified ten key laws that had been proven to curb illegal gun tracking, including three relating to background checks. Only 15 states require individuals purchasing handguns from unlicensed sellers to pass background checks.

For the record, Missouri has only one of the ten laws — giving law enforcement discretion when issuing concealed carry permits.

The study’s authors point out, “Because many perpetrators of homicide have backgrounds that would prohibit them from possessing firearms under federal law, they seek out private sellers to acquire their weapons. Requiring a background check on all gun sales is a commonsense approach to reducing gun violence that does not infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners.”

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11:29AM PDT on Jul 20, 2014

Don't forget GMO's
HAARP/Smart Meters/Weapons
Government Drug Smuggling
Government Weapons Dealing
Perscription Drug Deaths

The list goes on. I'd rather take my chances with extremely limited control on guns.

10:15AM PDT on Jul 20, 2014

http://jpfo.org/pdf02/genocide-chart.pdf

9:36AM PDT on Jul 20, 2014

The Human Cost of "Gun Control" Ideas


The Genocide Chart © JPFO.org 2002
Government Dates Targets Civilians Killed "Gun Control" Laws Features of Over-all "Gun Control" scheme
Ottoman Turkey 1915-1917 Armenians
(mostly Christians) 1-1.5 million Art. 166, Pen. Code, 1866
& 1911 Proclamation, 1915 • Permits required •Government list of owners
•Ban on possession
Soviet Union 1929-1945 Political opponents;
farming communities 20 million Resolutions, 1918
Decree, July 12, 1920
Art. 59 & 182, Pen. code, 1926 •Licensing of owners
•Ban on possession
•Severe penalties
Nazi Germany
& Occupied Europe 1933-1945 Political opponents;
Jews; Gypsies;
critics; "examples" 20 million Law on Firearms & Ammun., 1928
Weapon Law, March 18, 1938
Regulations against Jews, 1938 •Registration & Licensing
•Stricter handgun laws
•Ban on possession
China, Nationalist 1927-1949 Political opponents;
army conscripts; others 10 million Art. 205, Crim. Code, 1914
Art. 186-87, Crim. Code, 1935 •Government permit system
•Ban on private ownership
China, Red 1949-1952
1957-1960
1966-1976 Political opponents;
Rural populations
Enemies of the state 20-35 million Act of Feb. 20, 1951
Act of Oct. 22, 1957 •Prison or death to "counter-revolutionary criminals" and anyone resisting any government program
•Death penalty for supply guns to such "criminals"
Guatemala 1960-1981 Mayans &a

9:36AM PDT on Jul 20, 2014

The Human Cost of "Gun Control" Ideas


The Genocide Chart © JPFO.org 2002
Government Dates Targets Civilians Killed "Gun Control" Laws Features of Over-all "Gun Control" scheme
Ottoman Turkey 1915-1917 Armenians
(mostly Christians) 1-1.5 million Art. 166, Pen. Code, 1866
& 1911 Proclamation, 1915 • Permits required •Government list of owners
•Ban on possession
Soviet Union 1929-1945 Political opponents;
farming communities 20 million Resolutions, 1918
Decree, July 12, 1920
Art. 59 & 182, Pen. code, 1926 •Licensing of owners
•Ban on possession
•Severe penalties
Nazi Germany
& Occupied Europe 1933-1945 Political opponents;
Jews; Gypsies;
critics; "examples" 20 million Law on Firearms & Ammun., 1928
Weapon Law, March 18, 1938
Regulations against Jews, 1938 •Registration & Licensing
•Stricter handgun laws
•Ban on possession
China, Nationalist 1927-1949 Political opponents;
army conscripts; others 10 million Art. 205, Crim. Code, 1914
Art. 186-87, Crim. Code, 1935 •Government permit system
•Ban on private ownership
China, Red 1949-1952
1957-1960
1966-1976 Political opponents;
Rural populations
Enemies of the state 20-35 million Act of Feb. 20, 1951
Act of Oct. 22, 1957 •Prison or death to "counter-revolutionary criminals" and anyone resisting any government program
•Death penalty for supply guns to such "criminals"
Guatemala 1960-1981 Mayans &a

9:36AM PDT on Jul 20, 2014

The Human Cost of "Gun Control" Ideas


The Genocide Chart © JPFO.org 2002
Government Dates Targets Civilians Killed "Gun Control" Laws Features of Over-all "Gun Control" scheme
Ottoman Turkey 1915-1917 Armenians
(mostly Christians) 1-1.5 million Art. 166, Pen. Code, 1866
& 1911 Proclamation, 1915 • Permits required •Government list of owners
•Ban on possession
Soviet Union 1929-1945 Political opponents;
farming communities 20 million Resolutions, 1918
Decree, July 12, 1920
Art. 59 & 182, Pen. code, 1926 •Licensing of owners
•Ban on possession
•Severe penalties
Nazi Germany
& Occupied Europe 1933-1945 Political opponents;
Jews; Gypsies;
critics; "examples" 20 million Law on Firearms & Ammun., 1928
Weapon Law, March 18, 1938
Regulations against Jews, 1938 •Registration & Licensing
•Stricter handgun laws
•Ban on possession
China, Nationalist 1927-1949 Political opponents;
army conscripts; others 10 million Art. 205, Crim. Code, 1914
Art. 186-87, Crim. Code, 1935 •Government permit system
•Ban on private ownership
China, Red 1949-1952
1957-1960
1966-1976 Political opponents;
Rural populations
Enemies of the state 20-35 million Act of Feb. 20, 1951
Act of Oct. 22, 1957 •Prison or death to "counter-revolutionary criminals" and anyone resisting any government program
•Death penalty for supply guns to such "criminals"
Guatemala 1960-1981 Mayans &a

9:35AM PDT on Jul 20, 2014

The Human Cost of "Gun Control" Ideas


The Genocide Chart © JPFO.org 2002
Government Dates Targets Civilians Killed "Gun Control" Laws Features of Over-all "Gun Control" scheme
Ottoman Turkey 1915-1917 Armenians
(mostly Christians) 1-1.5 million Art. 166, Pen. Code, 1866
& 1911 Proclamation, 1915 • Permits required •Government list of owners
•Ban on possession
Soviet Union 1929-1945 Political opponents;
farming communities 20 million Resolutions, 1918
Decree, July 12, 1920
Art. 59 & 182, Pen. code, 1926 •Licensing of owners
•Ban on possession
•Severe penalties
Nazi Germany
& Occupied Europe 1933-1945 Political opponents;
Jews; Gypsies;
critics; "examples" 20 million Law on Firearms & Ammun., 1928
Weapon Law, March 18, 1938
Regulations against Jews, 1938 •Registration & Licensing
•Stricter handgun laws
•Ban on possession
China, Nationalist 1927-1949 Political opponents;
army conscripts; others 10 million Art. 205, Crim. Code, 1914
Art. 186-87, Crim. Code, 1935 •Government permit system
•Ban on private ownership
China, Red 1949-1952
1957-1960
1966-1976 Political opponents;
Rural populations
Enemies of the state 20-35 million Act of Feb. 20, 1951
Act of Oct. 22, 1957 •Prison or death to "counter-revolutionary criminals" and anyone resisting any government program
•Death penalty for supply guns to such "criminals"
Guatemala 1960-1981 Mayans &a

9:35AM PDT on Jul 20, 2014

The Human Cost of "Gun Control" Ideas


The Genocide Chart © JPFO.org 2002
Government Dates Targets Civilians Killed "Gun Control" Laws Features of Over-all "Gun Control" scheme
Ottoman Turkey 1915-1917 Armenians
(mostly Christians) 1-1.5 million Art. 166, Pen. Code, 1866
& 1911 Proclamation, 1915 • Permits required •Government list of owners
•Ban on possession
Soviet Union 1929-1945 Political opponents;
farming communities 20 million Resolutions, 1918
Decree, July 12, 1920
Art. 59 & 182, Pen. code, 1926 •Licensing of owners
•Ban on possession
•Severe penalties
Nazi Germany
& Occupied Europe 1933-1945 Political opponents;
Jews; Gypsies;
critics; "examples" 20 million Law on Firearms & Ammun., 1928
Weapon Law, March 18, 1938
Regulations against Jews, 1938 •Registration & Licensing
•Stricter handgun laws
•Ban on possession
China, Nationalist 1927-1949 Political opponents;
army conscripts; others 10 million Art. 205, Crim. Code, 1914
Art. 186-87, Crim. Code, 1935 •Government permit system
•Ban on private ownership
China, Red 1949-1952
1957-1960
1966-1976 Political opponents;
Rural populations
Enemies of the state 20-35 million Act of Feb. 20, 1951
Act of Oct. 22, 1957 •Prison or death to "counter-revolutionary criminals" and anyone resisting any government program
•Death penalty for supply guns to such "criminals"
Guatemala 1960-1981 Mayans &a

1:23PM PST on Mar 2, 2014

TYFS

6:03AM PST on Mar 1, 2014

I think that checks are good and perhaps families should be notified if a partner purchases a weapon.. as these people are the closest to these family members.. and they would be a good indicator of stability.. just my thoughts...

2:02AM PST on Mar 1, 2014

Nick A mentioned: "

"Bottom line, there is no level of governmental regulation of any arms which is constitutional or acceptable."

Fascinating and intriguing. Any arms? Perhaps a rocket launcher in every basement and a nuclear sub in every swimming pool. It certainly will put a new meaning into the words: 'Neighbourhood Watch.'

You are kidding, right? No governmental regulations at all? Talk about a wee too much Libertarianism. Citizens should be permitted to own military style assault weapons? No mandatory safety courses for gun owners?

So very true Roberta G when you state logically: "I repeat what so many sensible people here have already said: Why would any sane, intelligent, or law-abiding person object to a background check?"

Why indeed?

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