85 Destructive Facts About Guns You Didn’t Know

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1Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter S Thompson refused to go on Conan O'Brien show until he finally agreed on one condition. Conan had to meet him on a remote farm to drink hard liquor and shoot guns.

2. The FBI has almost every gun ever manufactured to use as a reference to solve crimes.

3. The filmmakers of "Lord of War" used a real stockpile of over 3,000 AK-47s because it was cheaper than getting prop guns.

4. 3 men forced their way into a 67-year-old (Kenneth Byrd) man's home with the intention of raping his granddaughter and stealing the money in his safe. He agreed to open the safe and take out the cash, but instead of taking out the money, he took out a gun and shot all of them.

5. Eddie Vedder wrote 'Jeremy' after reading a brief newspaper article about a 15-year-old boy in Texas who brought a gun to class and shot himself, in front of his teacher and thirty students. Vedder wanted to show how even such a dramatic gesture would only get a few words in the daily news.

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6Marco Alvarado

Marco Alvarado

In 2013, a Chicago man named Marco Alvarado told police who pulled him over "I'm gonna be real with you, I have a gun in my a*s." The cops then found a gun in his a*s.

7. Jackie Chan used to carry multiple guns and even a grenade to protect himself and other artists from the triad in the 80s and 90s

8. US Marine John Kelly was the last person to be awarded 2 Medals of Honor. He ran 100 yards in advance of the front line and attacked an enemy machine-gun nest, killed the gunner with a grenade, shot another man with his pistol, and returned with 8 prisoners. He was 19.

9. More than 60 percent of people in the US who die from guns die by suicide

10. Hiram Maxim, the inventor of the fully automatic machine gun, once received the advice " If you want to make a pile of money, invent something that will enable these Europeans to cut each others` throats with greater facility."

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11Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa and his friends were confronted at home by a fan brandishing a gun. Frank took him to the pond outside and invited a ceremony where everyone had to throw something in it; the fan threw his gun.

12. In 1992 dance/pop duo The KLF were invited to play at the BRIT awards. They unexpectedly performed with a grindcore metal band, fired machine gun blanks into the audience, announced they were leaving the music industry, dumped a dead sheep at the afterparty, and deleted their entire back catalog

13. In 1994, a disgruntled FedEx employee tried to hijack and crash a cargo flight, using hammers and a speargun. Despite serious injuries during the attack, the pilot and crew were able to land the plane. The pilot flew the DC-10 upside down at times in an attempt to stop the hijacker

14. On the first day if the assault on Iwo Jima, Stein cleared multiple enemy pillboxes using his custom M1919 machine gun named "Stinger." During the assault, he made a total of 8 trips back to the beach to reload on ammunition and carried a wounded soldier on his back each trip.

15. Elvis Presley desired a Narcotics officer badge so he could travel country to country with as many guns and drugs as he wanted. He went to the White House to ask President Nixon for the badge and got it.

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16Guns in Space

Guns in Space

Guns can be fired in space. Gunpowder contains its own oxidizer, which allows guns to work even in the vacuum of space.

17. A passenger at Heathrow was forced to change out of his Transformers Tshirt to board a flight because it depicted a gun.

18. Dalai Lama once said, "If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun."

19. Speedy Gonzales has a cousin called Slowpoke Rodriguez that appeared in only two cartoons. Since he cannot move fast enough to defend himself, he carries a gun for protection.

20. The American gangster John Dillinger escaped from jail with a wooden pistol. After whittling it in his cell, in March 1934 he used the fake weapon to intimidate 33 people before getting a real machine gun. "Ha, ha, ha! And I did all this with a wooden gun!" he bragged while leaving.

21George Vera

George Vera

In 2009, a morbidly obese Houston man named George Vera managed to sneak a pistol into a jail by hiding it in his fat folds, before admitting it to the police many hours later.

22. In 1954, famous rhythm-and-blues singer Johnny Ace died after jokingly pointing a gun toward himself and accidentally shooting himself with it. His last words were "It’s okay! Gun’s not loaded… see?"

23. John Moses Browning not only designed the M1911 handgun, but also the M2 50 caliber machine gun, the BAR automatic rifle, the 1887 lever action shotgun, the Auto 5 semi-auto shotgun, the Winchester 1894 lever action rifle, and many other designs and calibers.

24. The national gun homicide rate is down 49% since 1993, and 56% of Americans believe the number of crimes involving a gun is higher than it was 20 years ago.

25. A tank designed by the Swiss military had a bug where turning on the heater could cause the main gun to fire

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