Chart: Background checks protect law enforcement


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chart police murdered with hand guns

It's darkly amusing when gun zealots insist that universal gun background checks would have done nothing to prevent this or that massacre. However, they ignore facts, they ignore the over 80% of Americans who support checks, and they ignore the argument that even if only one life could be saved, then a common sense measure to expand background checks would be more than worth it.

These same people claim to be "pro-life," which is even more darkly amusing. And hypocritical.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns sent this link to data provided by the FBI, that radical Marxist anti-gun group of big government liberals that is just itching to see the Second Amendment bite the dust:

Bottom Line: A new analysis of FBI data provides further evidence that background checks save lives. In states that require a background check for private handgun sales, 39 percent fewer law enforcement officers are shot to death with handguns.

Under current federal law, background checks are only required for gun sales at licensed dealers. [...]

An estimated 40 percent of gun transfers take place between “private” parties –often at gun shows or through online transactions –and are not subject to a federal background check.

Background checks protect the lives of police officers.

--Between 2000 and 2011, 694 U.S. law enforcement officers were murdered, and more than 80 percent of them were killed with guns.

--Excluding officers who were disarmed and killed with their own guns, 39 percent fewer officers were shot to death with handguns in states that require a background check for private handgun sales than in states that do not.

Of course, even avid gun owners support their local police, do they not? Then again, Republicans continue to push for eliminating more and more officers' jobs, so maybe not.*

Please read the rest here.

*Not every gun owner is a Republican, but Republicans are the party that is blocking background checks.