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Published: Tuesday, Jan. 8 2013 10:43 a.m. MST

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Beverly
Eden, UT

We need to have a courtesies, honest, and open conversation about the gun issue in the United States. With the repetitious shootings in movie theaters, shopping malls, and schools, it is obvious that we need to do something. We have close to 30,000 gun deaths in America every year. Most gun deaths are suicides and accidental gun shots. 30,000 people every year are killed with firearms in the U.S. If this was an illness, like cancer or HIV, we would act. We need to act on this issue in a positive, non-threatening, manner. We need to explore better training in firearms safety, better evaluations in an individuals ability to buy and carry a gun, and we need to limit some firearms like assault rifles and large magazines for semiautomatic guns.

Screwdriver
Casa Grande, AZ

Music : Let's talk about about guns baby.... all the good things and all the bad things that can be - let talk about guns.

People considering having a gun in their home need to know the facts are that most guns end up hurting their owners. I researched that long ago and we don't keep any ammunition a home with the gun. None. I didn't really want the gun and keep trying to "forget" it and the relatives house.

My friends daughter committed suicide with his gun. I don't want to happen to us. It could happen another way but guns just make it more likely.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Let's talk guns:

* Hitler had millions killed with guns
* Mexican cartels have killed many with guns from the ATF.
* World War 1 & 2, had people killed by guns provided by governments
* Korian, Viet Nam, Iraq, etc, had wars for killings with guns.
* Many countries have had their citizens killed by soldiers of their country.

Instead of disarming citizens, how about all governments of the world? Wasn't the second amendment a protection from governments? Gazing through history, it's governments which have done the most killing.

worf
Mcallen, TX

From: Ed Chenel, A police officer in Australia

It has now been 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced by a new law to
surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by our own
government, a program costing Australia taxpayers
more than $500 million dollars.

The first year results are now in:
Australia-wide, homicides are up 6.2 percent,
Australia-wide, assaults are up 9.6 percent;
Australia-wide, armed robberies are up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent)!

In the state of Victoria
lone, homicides with firearms are now up 300 percent.(Note that
while the law-abiding citizens turned them in, the criminals did not
and criminals still possess their guns!)
While figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady
decrease in armed robbery with firearms, this has changed drastically
upward in the past 12 months, since the criminals now are guaranteed
that their prey is unarmed.
There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and
assaults of the elderly, while the resident is at home.

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