Chu: Lax Gun Laws to Blame for the Carnage (Video)

On the House floor, days after the Sandy Hook Elementary slaughter, Rep. Judy Chu (D-El Monte) urged her colleagues to tighten gun laws.

In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre, Rep. Judy Chu (D-El Monte) explained that she's pushing for tighter gun control before "another school, mall or movie theater is turned into a crime scene.''

Chu, who represents California's 27th Congressional District, which includes Altadena, South Pasadena, Arcadia, Pasadena, Glendora, and parts of Monrovia, addressed her colleagues in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, when she called for a ban on assault weapons. She further would like to ban extended ammunition clips, and suggested a thorough background check for anyone who wants to own a gun.

Last Friday's slaughter of 20 children and six school officials "happened because we turned a blind eye to the carnage our lax gun laws bring us. It's time change those laws'' and "reclaim our security," she said.

Chu had said she'd use her position on the House Judiciary Committee to push for tighter gun control laws.


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Steve Lamb December 27, 2012 at 07:24 PM
BTW- if anyone wants to see the stats Bob is willfully misusing, you can look them up in your browser one of two ways: For a nifty little chart look up "Gun homocide per 100,000" for a more dsetailed article look up "The Guardian, gun homocides per 100,000" The Guardian article explains a UN report detailing the fact that teh US is NOT the most gun violent nation on earth as is often falsely claimed, and goes on to apologize that the FACTS can not be used to demonstrate this because teh Guardian would preffer the USA be disarmed, but a major argument for that disarming is UNTRUE.
Bob Musselman December 28, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Steve, you are right that I should have added some important qualifiers. The US is has the highest rate of firearm-related deaths (I did not limit this to homicides as you infer) of any country in the world that operates under a well-policed rule of law. The US at 10/100,000/year is followed by Canada at 5, Finland at 4, France at 3, and so on through the UK at 0.25. I admit that El Salvador, Guatemala, Columbia and even Mexico have higher gun-related deaths per capita. As for your comparison of US gun ownership (88 per 100 population) to Switzerland, you are the the one mis-using the data, but I'm sure not "willfully." All Swiss men of military age are are required to keep in their homes government owned firearms for use if their are recalled for military service. They are not allowed to keep ammunition for those weapons. As for private gun ownership in Switzerland, their rate is still the second highest of well-policed countries at 46 guns per 100 population. This compares to England at 6. My conclusion remains statistically correct: fewer guns, fewer gun-related deaths.
Steve Lamb December 28, 2012 at 07:49 PM
And Bob you are WRONG about the Swiss. tehy also in addition to their issued weapons own private guns and they store BRICKS of ammunition in all the Swiss homes I have visited. Your conclusion is still wrong because if we really do have 300 million guns in America we have the lowest rate of death per gun in the world. ,ore guns does not equal more gun deaths.
Steve Lamb December 28, 2012 at 07:49 PM
You cant have it both ways, Bob.
Bob Musselman December 28, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Well Steve, because I'm a numbers guy, I think I can have it both ways. So your new criteria is rate of [gun-related] deaths per gun? Really? But so long as you claim the US has the lowest of that ill-conceived ratio, I'll go there: The US has a gun ownership ratio of 88 guns/100 persons, and a gun-related death rate of 10 [per year]/100,000 persons. That equates to 1 gun related death per 8800 guns. Running the numbers for the UK: 6/100 and 0.25/100,000 = 1 gun related death per 24,000 guns. How about France: 31/100 and 3/100,000 = 1 gun related death per 10,000 guns. Steve, the numbers reveal quite a different answer than the one you claim. It would appear we have the HIGHEST, not the lowest, rate of gun-related deaths per privately owned gun in circulation. Which exacerbates, in the US, the overall statistic that more guns result in more gun related deaths. Oh, and you must not have visited Switzerland recently. The storage of government-owned "bricks" of ammo ended in 2007. But even before 2007 those "bricks" were, in fact, sealed ammo boxes regularly audited by the government.


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