In doing some research for the upcoming Breaking Bread episode on the Second Amendment, I found this clear summary of America’s murder rate. It is compiled by the Death Penalty Information Center using FBI statistics. These numbers and the trend overwhelm the infrequent episodic mass killings that have occurred over the last years.
Guns account for approximately 75% of the means used to murder people in America according to factcheck.org (I thought it would have been higher). The rate of guns used for murder has been going down for the last twenty years, while gun ownership has been steadily rising. In 2007 Americans owned about 89 guns for every 100 people. And other gun violence numbers also going down are ‘gun aggravated assault’ and ‘gun robberies’ which in 2011 were the lowest since 2004. All this goes to illustrate and highlight the bogus nature of the recently failed gun control bill in Congress, and the misleading arguments used by the nation's gun control crowd even before the Second Amendment considerations are included.
[Addendum] Apropos to the ongoing gun control debate, the following is a verbatim extract from one of several such emails that are circulating among conservatives, and fueling the polarization of Americans. I post the email in its entirety to let our liberal readers understand what also fuels the emotions of the Right; emotions that go beyond the more reasoned and measured arguments usually made by conservatives in defense of the Second Amendment, and the private ownership of arms and the concealed carry of guns. The Brunswick, Georgia mother most certainly could have used one, and should have had one to protect herself and her baby. The murder is reported by CNN here, and the Crime Library site gives some background here on the alleged killer’s family.
In late March 2013, 17 year old De’Marquis Elkins shot and killed a 13 month old baby who was sitting in a stroller. Elkins shot the infant in the face after the mother refused to give him money. He also shot the mother in the leg and the neck in Brunswick , GA.
De’Marquis Elkins is not a member of the NRA. He did not use an assault rifle. He did not get his stolen pistol from a gun show. His favorite music is rap. He did not attend Christian school, nor was he home schooled. He did attend multicultural public education, and was not instructed in the Ten Commandments. His Momma was on welfare, got food stamps, and lived in public housing. His daddy was not around, and his two brothers have a different daddy. He already has a record for violent crimes. He is gang member. His mom, grandma, and Aunty all voted for Obama. He never earned his hunter safety card, nor did he shoot CMP, Junior NRA, or 4H Air Rifle Competitions. He was never instructed in gun safety from his father or grandfather. His public education and family taught him that the white man owes him something. He went to collect it. He has no plans on getting married, but does have a Baby Momma, and no, he is not supporting her baby. He smokes dope. He does respect Kayne West. While he has no job, nor is looking for one, he is well fed. He has no skills outside of crime. He speaks Ebonics, and is not capable of doing a professional interview, even though he spent 11 years in public education.
He is one of millions. This is what we are up against. Make no mistake that people like Elkins will have their guns. There are people wanting to deny you the right to arm yourself. Your tax dollars are paying for the continuation of a system that breeds pieces of shit like this one.
[27apr13 update] Here is an eye-opening survey of gun policy attitudes held by the 'boots on the ground' law enforcement community. It was conducted recently by the PoliceOne.com organization and involved a very impressive sample size of over 15,000 law enforcement officers nationwide. It throws a new light on the kind of reports we get from the lamestream.
Download PoliceOne Gun Policy Survey.