Doggonit I thought they were giving away handguns FREE in America!
I'm going to send them an E-mail & ask them where I go to get my free handgun.
These people are MORE dangerous than any handgun. THEY ARE MORE DANGEROUS TO US THAN THE BRADY BUNCH. Click here to mad as Hell at this total BS.
Handguns pose a disastrous threat to your freedom. Your freedom to live without fear of being shot on the street or in your home. Your freedom to bring your children to school without concern they will encounter a handgun in school.
While there have been many efforts to reduce gun deaths and injuries in America, tens of thousands of people continue to die every year from the handgun epidemic. From accidental shootings and suicides to murders and other criminal actions, handguns are a plague on our society that must be eradicated.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt called freedom from fear one of the four essential human freedoms. It is time to take back your freedom by showing your support for eradicating the handgun epidemic in America - sign up for your free membership with Handgun-Free America today.
Handguns have truly become a plague on our society that absolutely must be cured. The easy access to handguns by practically everyone in the United States has proven to be extremely dangerous. Since 1960, more than 1 million Americans have died from handguns. In the 90's, our nation witnessed some of the worst cases of handgun tragedy ever seen anywhere in the world. During the 90's, more than one person was killed or injured with a firearm every five minutes! It is time to make a change.
Why do handguns account for less than 35% of all guns in America but close to 70% of all firearm deaths in America? Because handguns are the weapon of choice for suicide, homicide and the most likely weapons to injure or kill in unintentional shootings. Over the past several decades, the gun industry has begun to manufacture more and more handguns, as well as handguns that are more lethal, more concealable and less costly. In 1980, only 32% of the 2.3 million handguns manufactured were semi-automatics. In 2000, 75% of the 1.3 million handguns manufactured were semi-automatics. A recent study completed by the Urban Institute noted that "between 1985 and 1993 ... gun-related homicides - mostly involving handguns - accounted for the entire increase in homicides over that eight-year period. While firearm homicides increased by 53 percent between 1985 and 1993, nongun-related homicides actually declined by 5%." According to a nationally-acclaimed criminologist from Northeastern University, 25.51% of all handguns manufactured in 1991 had been used in a crime by the end of 2001! This means that one out of every four handguns is used in a crime in America within 10 years from the time they are manufactured.
The public has already voiced its support for banning private handgun ownership. According to a study completed by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, more people support banning the possession of handguns by anybody other than law enforcement personnel and the military than have ever purchased a handgun. (See below.) This is amazing - more Americans agree that we should ban handguns than people who have ever purchased a handgun! While this survey indicates it is still a minority of Americans who support banning handguns, HFA believes strongly that if the American public were aware of the extent of the handgun epidemic, the level of support for banning handguns would skyrocket. This is the goal of Handgun-Free America. In addition to this, there are also a large number of organizations and prominent individuals who support banning handguns in the United States. Click here for a partial listing.
Table 1. Support for banning handguns and handgun purchases.*
Region* Want Ban on Possession (%) Ever Purchased Handgun (%)
New England (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT) 46.5 11.8
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 51.0 13.3
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 40.2 17.4
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, ND, NE, SD) 28.9 17.1
South Atlantic (DC, DE, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 35.3 26.0
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 27.1 28.9
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 29.3 29.3
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, UT, WY) 28.9 29.7
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 33.9 25.7
Total 36.6 22.1
State Want Ban on Possession (%) Ever Purchased Handgun (%)
California 36.9 26.1
New York 58.8 11.8
Pennsylvania 36.9 14.3
Texas 31.4 27.8
*Questions posed were: "Do you think there should be a law that would ban the possession of handguns except for the police and other authorized persons?" and "Have you ever purchased a handgun?"
Source: National Opinion Research Center. "Attitudes Towards and Experiences with Guns: A State-Level Perspective." Tom W. Smith and Luis Martos. (PDF)
Additional Public Opinion Data:
Student Survey: Columbine Generation Fears Gun Violence on Campuses
NORC 1999 Attitudes Toward and Experience with Guns: A State-Level Perspective
Full Survey Results 117 Pages. (PDF)
NORC 1998 National Gun Policy Survey
Summary 2 Pages. (PDF)
Full Survey Results 64 Pages. (PDF)
NORC 1996 National Gun Policy Survey
Summary 2 Pages (PDF)
YOU FIREARMS INSTRUCTORS ARE SUPPORTING TERRORISM!!!
The gun industry in America has not only armed criminals and children with their weapons, but has increasingly begun providing weapons directly to both foreign and domestic terrorist entities. Since the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, intelligence has been uncovered that shows terrorists have repeatedly exploited the easy availability of weapons through legal channels in the United States, especially gun shows.
An al Qaeda terrorist manual obtained by the Violence Policy Center details for terrorists how easy it is to obtain weapons and weapons training in the United States without being concerned about getting caught. According to the Violence Policy Center, the manual states, among other things:
"In some countries of the World, especially the USA, firearms training is available to the general public. One should try to join a shooting club if possible and make regular visits to the firing range."
Unfortunately, while the Bush Administration is focusing much of its efforts on the war against terrorism, it is conspicuously silent when it comes to guns and terrorists. A recent report entitled "Gun Land" by PBS, KQED, and the Center for Investigative Reporting, found that terrorists are exploiting loopholes in American gun laws to purchase weapons and the government is not doing anything to stop it. According to the report, "U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft has chosen to side with the NRA at the expense of the war on terrorism."
The report is referring to the contradictory position taken by Ashcroft where, on one hand, he has said he will use all powers within the Department of Justice to track down and arrest terrorists, but on the other hand, he has blatantly forbidden the Federal Bureau of Investigation from finding out whether terrorists have purchased or attempted to purchase weapons in the United States. At a Congressional hearing on Sept. 24, 2001, Ashcroft stated: "It's our position at the Justice Department and the position of this administration that we need to unleash every possible tool in the fight against terrorism and to do so promptly." Unfortunately, Ashcroft refused to follow through with this promise.
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