Friday, May 06, 2005

Let's shoot our mouths off...

Friends, well-wishers, and fellow contemporaries, I come to you today with some friday gun stats for your perusal. They come from the US Department of Justice.

Normally I put things in block quotes, but today I'll just number the ones I find interesting.

1. In 1997 among State inmates possessing a gun, fewer than 2% bought their gun at a flea market or gun show. Over 80% got them from friends, family, a street buy, or an illegal source.


2. Of those armed during the commission of their crime, over 80% of State and Federal prisoners DID NOT CARRY a firearm!


3. About 84% of State inmates who possessed a gun also had some characteristic that would have prevented them from buying the gun.


4. Between 1993-2001, about 703,800 violent crimes against 12-17 year olds occurred on school campuses. Only 1% were committed with a firearm, compared to 3% with a sharp object, 4% with a blunt object, and 4% with miscellaneous objects like ropes, chains, and poisons.


5. From 1993 to 2001, firearm violence fell 63%.


6. The same percentage of violent offenders carried a firearm as a blunt or sharp object (10%). Over 2/3 carried no weapon.


Now, obviously I'm having a bit of fun with this, but the point is this: When someone tells you that handgun violence is a huge and growing problem, they are either ignorant, stupid, or liars. Not only is handgun violence falling, but guns aren't even used much of the time. Not only that, but most people who own guns didn't buy them from WalMart because laws prevent most of them from owning one.


This ought to clearly show how increasingly restrictive laws against gun owners do nothing to solve anything. When over 4/5s of the criminals who committed a crime with a gun were already legally prevented from owning it, you know that the laws aren't reducing anything.

Strict enforcement is the only answer. What if carrying an illegal gun carried a minimum sentence of 25 years in the State Pen? Do you think people would think twice about carrying them around?

It's something to think about. Enjoy your weekend. ;)


Blogger Deb said...

I persoanlly think Open Carry laws would give pause to the criminals more. Call me biased. lol

4:38 PM  
Blogger Phil Aldridge said...

I know I would certainly think twice about robbing a bank if I saw a bunch of hip holsters on everyone.

8:54 AM  
Anonymous DemetriFBI said...

I would probably side w/ statistics. Australia and Britain have extremely restrictive gun laws, and according to a study conducted by the FBI a couple years ago, they have not seen the kind of decrease (study was over a ten year period) in violent crime w/ a firearm that the rest of the world has.

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