The problem is this: if someone has a gun, there is a high chance it may be stolen to be sold to gangs, cartels, etc. This just gives more power to the non-law abiding citizens. Also, there should be strict gun laws to make sure they do not get in to the wrong hands, because, right now, a significant amount of cartel guns are being bought here, and smuggled across the border.The idea is this: people who want guns will find a way to get them. If they are allowed some will be obtained legally (probably by people either using them for sport or defense) and some illegally (mostly criminals or people under the impression that owning an RPG makes them safer). If guns are not allowed, the law-abiding citizens will not have them, while criminals will find a way to get them. Allowing guns does not necessarily make things less violent, but it makes people feel safer. If the law-abiding citizens don't have guns and the criminals do, then what will you do if someone breaks into your home- throw your wallet at them?
Similarly, I think that we need a modification to the second amendment. It says this, in the version of the Bill of Rights ratified by Congress:The way I interpret this, the Federal Government could prosecute you if, in the event of an invasion of the United States, you did not rush out to defend the country and you possessed weapons. That is why many people cut off the first part of the second amendment when quoting it, such as on a T-shirt I saw when I was in Wyoming last week.A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.Obviously, we need to decide as a nation what level of gun control we should have and modify the second amendment accordingly. I personally believe that this is the most misconstrued right given to us by the Constitution, and it needs to stop.The right of the people to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.
Google yields that that statistic is actually 55%, but that site is also a "useless trivia" site, which I find very difficult to believe. I could not find a reliable source.Half of Americans dont know the Sun's a star
A quarter dont think we landed on the Moon
Yes, Russia and the United Kingdom are not biased in the slightest.A 1999 Gallup poll found that 6% of the Americans surveyed doubted that the Moon landings happened and that 5% of those surveyed had no opinion, which roughly matches the findings of a similar 1995 Time/CNN poll. ... A 2000 poll held by the Russian Public Opinion Fund found that 28% of those surveyed did not believe that American astronauts landed on the Moon, and this percentage is roughly equal in all social-demographic groups. In 2009, a poll held by the United Kingdom's Engineering & Technology magazine found that 25% of those surveyed did not believe that men landed on the Moon. Another poll gives that 25% of 18–25 year olds surveyed were unsure that the landings happened
A fifth think that the Sun revolves around theEarth
Basically, everyone is stupid. Not just America.In the new poll, about four out of five Americans (79%) correctly respond that the earth revolves around the sun, while 18% say it is the other way around. These results are comparable to those found in Germany when a similar question was asked there in 1996; in response to that poll, 74% of Germans gave the correct answer, while 16% thought the sun revolved around the earth, and 10% said they didn't know. When the question was asked in Great Britain that same year, 67% answered correctly, 19% answered incorrectly, and 14% didn't know.
America is a little too afraid of offending people. This is, however, accurate.Under a third of high school science teachers teach evolution
lolwut [picture is from the CIA World Factbook]42 million American adults cant read
Could not find another place saying this. 50 million more can only read at elementary level
Tough to prove via legitimate source, but most fact sites said something about 45% of Americans don't know...so you slightly exaggerated.Half of Americans dont know the Sun's a star:
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/TECH/space/ ... ding.hoax/A quarter dont think we landed on the Moon:
http://www.gallup.com/poll/3742/new-pol ... evels.aspxA fifth think that the Sun revolves around the Earth
while not entirely incorrect, according to this. It's simply that under a third teach the prescribed curriculum.Under a third of high school science teachers teach evolution:
42 million American adults cant read
According to the United Nations' Development Programme Report, America is 99.0% literate. 42 million Americans would make up about 1/7 of our population.
For starters, I'd stop listening to those "statistics".
best i could find was this site: http://www.readfaster.com/education_sta ... statistics and this fact:50 million more can only read at elementary level
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