We Have Won The War On Gun Safety – I Want The Damn Parade

By Don McDougall

We Have Won The War On Gun Safety - I Want The Damn Parade
We Have Won The War On Gun Safety – I Want The Damn Parade
Don McDougall
Don McDougall

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- With the help of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and Americans everywhere we have won the war on gun safety & achieved substantial reduction in violent gun crime rates.

So why all the yelling about gun control and where is our parade?

A recent PEW study shows murders with guns have dropped 30% in the past 25 years. A Federal Bureau of Justice study shows even more impressive number.

  1. ) Gun related homicides are down 39% since 1991.
  2. ) Crimes involving guns are down 69% since 1991.

Accidental shootings are down 80% over the past 80 years.

So without a single new law on the book, without any confiscation or licensing or a change in background checks, gun related crimes are down a whopping 69% over the past 25 years.

These numbers come from the federal Bureau of Justice, and the PEW report. The the summary of the Bureau of Justice document's key findings are as follows:

  • Firearm-related homicides declined 39%, from 18,253 in 1993 to 11,101 in 2011.
  • Nonfatal firearm crimes declined 69%, from 1.5 million victimizations in 1993 to 467,300 victimizations in 2011.
  • The links to the entire Bureau of Justice report is at: http://tiny.cc/k26c5x
  • The PEW link is here: http://tiny.cc/x36c5x

The simple fact is there is little to nothing else to say. We did it!

We reduced gun murders by 30+%! We reduced gun crime by 69%! By “we” I mean all us, the law abiding members of American Society.

So where are the parades? Why all the yelling and calls for banning guns? Rather than blaming the NRA, and gun owners the news media should be applauding our efforts over the past 20+ years. More CCW’s and better gun safety has resulted in dramatic declines in the use of guns in crime and in gun related homicides. Can any of you ever imagine a Federal program that would have similar results?

Oh, one last thing – about that Gun Show Loop Hole.

An interesting study that shows less than 1% of guns used in crimes are purchased at gun shows. Here are the REAL numbers and there from the Bureau of Justice. http://tiny.cc/sc7c5x

“I want to see the damn parade!” ~ AmmoLand

 

About Don McDougall

Don McDougall is an NRA instructor and member of the Los Padres “Friends of the NRA” committee. If he’s not at the range you will find him setting the record straight with on gun issues and gun safety on AmmoLand Shooting Sports News.

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One reason the gun death rates in this country is Chicago itself. If not for Chicago and its criminals, the rates would be a lot less for the nation wide figures.
This is Obama’s home.
Why has Obama and Al Sharpton not gone there to complain (something they both do so well) about the deaths of blacks
EVERY WEEKEND. Obama is too busy taking on all the wrong issues and critiicizing all the wrong people.
He is a weak, pathetic world leader. Totally ineffective now. No one has much respect for him now.
He might as well just resign and go away early.

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One reason the gun death rates in this country is Chicago itself. If not for Chicago and its criminals, the rates would be a lot less for the nation wide figures.
This is Obama’s home.
Why has Obama and Al Sharpton gone there to complain (something they both do so well) about the deaths

Don in LA
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Don in LA

Ok, Brian. Let me try it this way. What is it that criminals’ fear the most? Armed Citizens. The fact that the criminals DONT KNOW who is and who is not armed keeps them from committing crimes. Chicago has a gun related murder rate 7 times the national average because criminals feel free to use their guns on a totally unarmed populace. As CCWs become more prevalent in Chicago gun deaths will drop to meet the national average. In nature there a poisonous creatures and there ones who have evolved to look like the poisonous animals to avoid being eaten.… Read more »

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I just don’t see how gun ownership is the causality of violent crime reduction. If the majority of people carried a firearm all the time I could see the impact, but not with so few carrying. For the above to be true then criminals would have to be concerned about the number or people carrying firearms. I don’t see anyone advocating that in the mindset of a criminal they are concerned about their own mortality. Most studies I have read about the criminal mind shows they almost never see themselves failing in accomplishing their crimes and most of the times… Read more »

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I do see the reduction in unintentional shootings to be the work of the gun ownership community. From over 20,000 unintentional shooting in the 60’s to now less than a 1,000. But I don’t think we can take credit for the reductions in crime related shootings. The author of this article fails to make the connection, same with the NRA and other groups. It sure sounds good that as more of us buy and carry guns daily that we have a direct effect on crime reduction. But the truth is more likely we have very little effect on crime. 25… Read more »

Don in LA
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Don in LA

Violent crime with a gun is down 67%. That means fewer crimes are being committed. Your argument is perfect for people being arrested but the fact is FEWER CRIMES are being committed. That has little to do with police response time.

When Australia banned semi-autos rapes and assaults went up 200%. In Florida when they 1st started CCWs rapes and assaults dropped before a single permit was issued.

There is a collective effect to society when people are armed, and the effect happens when the decision to arm a society happens rather then went it is armed happens.

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The correct spelling for “dam”, in this usage, is D-A-M-N

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If he’d spelled it properly, many ISPs and message filters would have tossed it in the bit bucket., That’s why mi$$pelling5 are used.