By Don McDougall
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.
- ) Gun related homicides are down 39% since 1991.
- ) 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.