GUNs / Both the pro-gun and anti-gun lobbies are out of control

GUNs / Both the pro-gun and anti-gun lobbies are out of control.

Yes, guns can be scary … and so can cable TV which runs the same sad stories over and over and over and over.

The FBI says that rifles of ANY kind accounted for less than 400 deaths last year out of 10,000 violent deaths.

What problem are we trying to solve?

The best source on this debate is the FBI, which provides an annual crime report that also provides history so that you can compare crime rates by category and across time.

3.8% deaths per 100,000 due to violence in 2012 (preliminary number; final number to be released in Jun 2013) is the current estimate of whether the use of guns to commit violence is on the rise or the fall. 3.8% @100,000 is itself a major improvement over 2011’s 4.6%.

The rate in 2006 was 5.8% and in 1996 it was 7.4%

In the end, the anti-gun lobby will lose because they are trying to solve the wrong problem, assuming they are focused on ‘violent crime’ without regard to the implement of death that is used. Assault Guns are just a boogeyman that plays in well with a theme of gun control, regardless of their actual use in our society.

The pro-gun lobby will come out of this looking like a bunch of tone deaf nuts because they seem incapable of empathy at a time when appearing to actually care would be one of the best things they could do to deflect near hysterics by the anti-gun crowd … assuming that they do care — which can be in doubt when they go out of their way to block almost any form of research into how guns are used and all the while claiming that what we need to do is to examine the facts.

Source: FBI Annual Crime Rate Statistics



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2 responses to “GUNs / Both the pro-gun and anti-gun lobbies are out of control

  1. Then where’s the outrage over 800+ kids shot (300 dead) just in Chicago primarily due to handguns? Philadelphia death count equally bad. Except they’re Afro-American kids; they don’t count?

  2. George S. Harris

    To imply that gun violence has gone down because there are more guns in the hands of people is as wrong as blaming “assault” weapons for all the gun wrongs. As pointed out in a recent TIME article, this country has the highest gun ownership in the world and the highest violent crime rate. Our neighbor to the north, Canada, has very strict gun laws and their violent crime rate seems to reflect that: .5% per 100,000. Something is wrong when there are nearly as many guns as their are people in a nation.

    I recently wrote on the idea that guns are for self-defense or the defense of others. This is simply another red herring. While I am unable to find numbers, guns for self-defense is only valid when there is time and no surprises.

    No one has yet to give a valid reason for owning guns like the AR-15. Simply because people MAY have a right to own such a weapon does not mean they should own such a weapon. It is terrible that we are not able to know what James Madison meant when he wrote the Second Amendment but through the generations people and the courts of our land (strongly influenced by who knows what) have turned the Second Amendment into a carte blanche to own as many weapons as a person can afford. Yes, there have been some restrictions, but in the main, gun owner ship has been interpreted to mean an inalienable right to own guns. Even after the terrible massacre at Virginia Tech, Delegate Scott Lingamfelter poured salt in the wounds of hundreds of people by getting a law passed that allows people to buy as many guns as they want as often as they want. And after Newtown, our own governor and members of the Virginia legislature think it might be just fine to arm the teachers in our schools. I have to ask again, “What is wrong with this nat ion and its people?” We are lemmings running to the sea–a sea of weapons.

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