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.