Letter: Facts, not spin, about guns

To the Editor:

Here are some facts about guns, gun legislation, and/or Second Amendment:

Justice Scalia wrote in his 2008 DC v Heller opinion: “Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited. … the right was not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose. … We think that limitation is fairly supported by the historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of ‘dangerous and unusual weapons.’”

President Reagan supported the 1994 ban on assault weapons.

The federal assault weapons ban was in place from 1994 to 2004. Compared with the 10-year period before the ban, the number of gun massacres during the ban period fell by 37%, and the number of people dying from gun massacres fell by 43%. But after the ban lapsed in 2004, the numbers shot up again — a 183% increase in massacres and a 239% increase in massacre deaths.

The AR-15 could not be sold during the assault weapons ban. Since the ban expired in 2004, allowing the AR-15 to be sold, it has been used at Sandy Hook, Aurora, San Bernardino, Orlando, LV, Sutherland Springs, and Parkland.

America has 4.4% of the world’s population, but almost half of the civilian-owned guns around the world.

Three percent of the population own half of the civilian guns in the U.S.

States with more guns have more gun deaths. States with tighter gun control laws have fewer gun-related deaths.

America is an outlier when it comes to gun deaths, but not overall crime. It would be one thing if America happened to have more crime than other nations, but the existing data shows that not to be the case. America is only an outlier when it comes gun violence.

Katherine McGerald

North Street, Feb. 19