WHAT IS HGC?
When the facts disagree with you, the only thing left to do is to lie. Since its founding in 1974, Handgun Control, Inc. has pursued a policy of disseminating lies about handguns and crime in the United States.
Self-Defense is a human right
Every 13 seconds an American firearm owner uses a firearm in defense against a criminal.
MYTHS AND FACTS
1Myth No. 1: Guns cause crime.
A careful review of 18 academic studies shows that there is no relationship between the number of guns and the amount of crime in the United States. International evidence tells a similar story.
2Myth No 2: Gun control laws reduce crime.
The nation already has 20,000 gun control laws, and the police arrest 220,000 people a year on weapons violations. Yet the violent crime is not deterred. Moreover, considering that fewer than 1 percent of all guns are involved in a crime and only 12 percent of all violent crimes involve a gun, gun control laws could have only a modest effect on crime - even if they worked exactly as intended, which they don't. For example, New Jersey, Hawaii and Washington, D.C., experienced sharp murder-rate increases after passing tough gun control laws. Canada, Taiwan and Jamaica reported similar experiences.
3Myth No. 3: Killing someone is the only reason to buy a handgun.
The vast majority of gun owners cite protection from crime as one of the main reasons they own a gun. And for good reason. Americans use guns for self-protection about one million times a year. In 98 percent of the cases, they simply brandish the weapon or fire a warning shot.
4Myth No. 4: People who buy guns are more prone to violence and crime than are other people.
Violence and crime are higher among black than white, lower-income than middle- or upper-income, young than middle-aged, single than married, and urban than rural individuals - all contrary to the pattern of gun ownership.
5Myth No. 5: Gun ownership is not a constitutional right.
The Second Amendment reflects the founders' belief that an armed citizenry (called the "general militia") was a necessary precaution against tyranny by our own government and its army. The idea that government has a constitutional right to disarm the general citizenry is totally foreign to the intent of the Constitution's framers.
6Fact No. 1: A violent crime is committed every 22.1 seconds
According to the FBI crime report Every 35.3 seconds One Aggravated Assault; Every 1.2 minutes One Robbery; Every 5.5 minutes One Forcible Rape; Every 32.4 minutes One Murder.
7Fact No. 2: Every 3.0 seconds One Property Crime is committed
Every 4.5 seconds One Larceny-theft; Every 14.7 seconds One Burglary; Every 25.3 seconds One Motor Vehicle Theft
Firearms are used to prevent crimes as many as 2.5 million times each year. In fact, criminals are three times more likely to be killed by armed victims who resist them than by the police. According to the FBI Crime report A crime is committed every 2.7 seconds Would tougher gun control laws make our lives safer? Fair appraisal of the issue requires us to review a few facts and put aside some common myths.