Over the last 30 plus years, violent crime is down in this country while the rate of firearms ownership is increasing but that’s not reported.

 More things to consider:
Assault Weapons, which can be identified only with that emotional label or a model number or a cosmetic feature and not with any objective criteria, are used, last time I checked in less than 3% of crime. However, they are probably the most commonly owned firearm in the country. Any ban would have limited effect on crime and criminals but a major effect on the law abiding. Who is the left looking to get under control and why?

Universal background checks are a red herring. There is no way such a law can be enforced without universal registration which is the ultimate goal. Lack of registration will be the ‘loophole’ the left goes after next should this become law. Then look out for taxes and registration fees and more government bureaucracy to administer and control. Meanwhile the inner city gang shooting will continue uninterrupted.

There are 33,636 gun related deaths per year by firearms. The U.S. population is 324,059,091 as of Wednesday, June 22, 2016. Do the math: 0.00925757% of the population dies from gun deaths each year.  Only 0.00345862% died from gun homicides.

Statistically speaking, this is insignificant! What is never told, however, is a breakdown of those 30,000 deaths, to put them in perspective as compared to other causes of death:
• 65% of those deaths are by suicide which would never be prevented by gun laws
• 15% are by law enforcement in the line of duty and justified
• 17% are through criminal activity, gang and drug related or mentally ill persons – gun violence
• 3% are accidental discharge deaths

So technically, "gun violence" is not 30,000 annually, but drops to 5,100. Still too many? Well, first, how are those deaths spanned across the nation?
• 480 homicides (9.4%) were in Chicago
• 344 homicides (6.7%) were in Baltimore
• 333 homicides (6.5%) were in Detroit
• 119 homicides (2.3%) were in Washington D.C. (a 54% increase over prior years)

So basically, 25% of all gun crime happens in just 4 cities. All 4 of those cities have strict gun laws, so it is not the lack of law that is the root cause.

This basically leaves 3,825 for the entire rest of the nation, or about 75 deaths per state. That is an average because some States have much higher rates than others. For example, California had 1,169 and New Hampshire had 14. Now, who has the strictest gun laws by far? California, of course, but understand, so it is not guns causing this. It is a crime rate spawned by the number of criminal persons residing in those cities and states. So if all cities and states are not created equally, then there must be something other than the tool causing the gun deaths.

Are 5,100 deaths per year horrific? How about in comparison to other deaths? All death is sad and especially so when it is in the commission of a crime but that is the nature of crime. Robbery, death, rape, assault all is done by criminals and thinking that criminals will obey laws is ludicrous. That's why they are criminals.

So what is the point? If the anti-gun movement focused their attention on heart disease, even a 10% decrease in cardiac deaths would save twice the number of lives annually of all gun-related deaths (including suicide, law enforcement, etc.). A 10% reduction in medical errors would be 66% of the total gun deaths or 4 times the number of criminal homicides....

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