I have no real aversion to firearms. I might be getting more libertarian in my old age, where privacy and individual rights are taking on a position of more and more importance. What bothers me about the gun debate is how passionate and emotional people get about guns, on both sides of the issues, without truly emphasizing the facts we know.
It has been said that statistics can lie, be cherrypicked to support whatever position you’re going to stand behind. I have researched guns and gun violence extensively, and while there are many pro-gun websites and information hubs full of useful and appropriate positions, I double-checked sources and had difficulty verifying many claims. Below are studies and statistics verified through multiple sources.
While I don’t have an aversion to guns, I believe all of us need a good understanding of how guns are more than just tools. Because they are more that just tools. It is objectively true that a gun has a different effect on our thoughts and behavior than a hammer, or a screwdriver, or a stapler. Whether or not you believe you should have an unadulterated right to own a gun, you must acknowledge facts and reality. So here are some facts! Read them and make your own decisions.