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Letter to My Congressmen re HR 1022, I need statistics

Discussion in 'Legal' started by TargetTerror, Mar 5, 2007.

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  1. TargetTerror

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    I am writing a letter to my Senators (actually to all of my representatives in Congress) asking them to vote AGAINST HR 1022. I will post the letter on this board when I am finished with it and anyone that wants to send it along under their name as well is welcome to do so.

    I want some sources for statistics. Specifically:

    ENGLAND -
    When did the Handgun ban go into effect?
    What is it specifically called?
    What were the rates for violent crime, theft, gun-related crimes, and murder before the ban? What are those rates currently?

    AUSTRALIA -
    When did the semi-auto gun buyback program go into effect?
    What was the program called?
    How much money did the Australian government spend on it?
    What were the rates for violent crime, theft, gun-related crimes, and murder before the ban? What are those rates currently?

    SWITZERLAND -
    What specifically is the law regarding/mandating every household own a firearm?
    How long has this law been in effect?
    What are the rates for violent crime, theft, gun-related crimes, and murder?
    What were the rates before this law was enacted?

    UNITED STATES -
    Examples of cities with very strict gun control laws and high crimes (I got Washington D.C. covered, but want more).
    Examples of cities that enacted stricter gun control/ccw laws and have had crime INCREASE.
    Examples of cities that enacted stricter gun control/ccw laws and have had crime DECREASE. (we need to be prepared for rebuttals and analyze what else might be going on in these cases)
    Examples of cities that loosened gun control/ccw laws and had crime DECREASE.
    Examples of cities that loosened gun control/ccw laws and had crime INCREASE.
    Statistics of how many "assault weapons" have actually been used in crimes. Both national and local/state statistics would be useful.


    For all of these questions above, I am looking for GOOD, SOLID SOURCES. Imagine you are getting your Ph.D. in criminal studies and your thesis is on gun control. I need the types of sources you would put into such a thesis.

    For my purposes of this letter, news articles in and of themselves are of limited use. Blogs/independent websites are useless. I want data and/or studies from governments (ideal), educational institutes, independent thinktanks, and other institutions and entities that are not easily dismissed. Links to the websites of such institutions, and specifically their statistics/data that I am looking for is ideal. Sources available only in hard print are good as well.

    I plan to do some hunting on my own, but thought I would post up here to see if anyone has any links already. Any and all help is GREATLY appreciated. I read the text of HR 1022 and its scope is downright SCARY. We NEED to defeat this bill, and we will.
     
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    How many seconds do you think the congresscritter's aide is going to spend looking at it?
     
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    It's easy to get a politician to change his mind. Just wave money in front of them. We have the finest congress money can buy.

    Don't have much money?.....too bad. No justice for you!
     
  5. Owen

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    don't kill yourself writing a letter to your rep. the staffer figures out the position, and counts. 1 for 2 against....
     
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