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  •  20% of US guns is what - 700k or thereabouts ? (4+ / 0-)
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    idbecrazyif, MBNYC, Smoh, WakeUpNeo

    that is one hell of a lot of illegal firepower.

    •  I've seen a trunk filled to the brim with guns (3+ / 0-)
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      cocinero, Smoh, WakeUpNeo

      Many of them hand guns, some shotguns, a few riles, semi auto like a tech 9, etc...

      The proliferation is huge, so we are not only going to have to address straw and trafficking but also get a big push towards buyback programs.

      --Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. - Thomas Jefferson--

      by idbecrazyif on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 09:11:31 AM PST

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    •  What is the baseline number you're... (3+ / 0-)
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      high uintas, shaharazade, WakeUpNeo

      ...using there?

      In a survey of arrested felons, the Justice Department found that about 27% had bought them over the counter (which means they got them in spite of the background check requirement); 31% got them from family and friends (who had bought them in stores or legal dealers) and 42% got them "by other means,'' by theft or from private owners who don't have to do background checks. Almost all guns that wind up used in crimes or found in searches of people who are legally barred from possessing them start out as legal. But the actual numbers? That is much, much harder to determine given the restrictions placed on use of data and the sheer number of guns in circulation.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 09:31:53 AM PST

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    •  I don't think your math works. (0+ / 0-)

      That would be 20% of street guns.  Not sure how you determine a street gun but the number you factor would be 20% of all guns - no?

      "You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity"

      by newfie on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 09:47:02 AM PST

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