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U.S.A.– -(AmmoLand.com)- I want to put violence in perspective. Let’s start with a common set of facts before we argue about their significance. I saw an infographic about firearms from 2013 and I wanted to update it. 2019 is the last year where I could find complete data from both the US Department of Justice and the US Center for Disease Control. I want to put those facts into perspective so we see the real picture. This is what I found.

We had 39,707 deaths from firearms in 2019. Over 61 percent were suicides. (24,380)

That means firearms were used in 15 thousand homicides, a death where one person kills another. Murder doesn’t happen everywhere with equal frequency. More than half of the murders are concentrated in 2 percent of our counties. In contrast, more than half of our counties won’t have a murder at all. I find it interesting that many of these non-violent counties are typically considered to have high rates of gun ownership.

We have laws against it, but criminals commit over a million violent crimes each year. We have over 23 thousand firearms regulations, but criminals used a gun to commit murder over 12 thousand times a year.

Across the entire United States, that leaves us with all of 3,065 homicides with a gun that was not gang-related. For perspective, that is about the same number of people who died from asthma or obesity.

Of those 3 thousand deaths, 340 homicides were the justified use of lethal force by a police officer. 344 homicides were attributed to civilian gun owners using a gun in legally justified self-defense.

There were a total of 438 accidental deaths involving a firearm. Of those accidental deaths, 248 resulted in the death of a child under 14 years of age. Unfortunately, we don’t know the age of the person who pulled the trigger in these firearms accidents.

Let’s put those accidents in perspective. There were a total of 173,040 accidental deaths in the US that year. Compared to all the accidental deaths, about one-in-400 is from a firearm. (395) Overdose deaths from drugs and narcotics are almost 70 times more common than fatal firearms accidents. (68.0)

Ordinary citizens use a gun for self-defense about 2 million times a year. Out of that number, over a hundred thousand sexual assaults are stopped by armed defenders. (140,000) Fortunately, those defenders seldom have to press the trigger to stop their assault. When they do have to fire their gun, most of their attackers survive being shot by a handgun.

About 1-in-ten adults have their permits to legally carry a concealed firearm in public. The fraction ranges from zero in Hawaii, to about 50% of adults in some rural counties in Pennsylvania.

About one-in-100 adults will use a firearm in self-defense each year. (97) These gun owners seldom press the trigger.

We are about a thousand times more likely to use a gun for self-defense than to be the innocent victim who is murdered in the criminal use of a firearm. (1,021)

We are about 8 thousand times more likely to use a gun in self-defense than for that gun to accidentally kill a child. (8,065)

Firearms owners in the US who have their concealed carry permits are as law-abiding and non-violent as any group we can find in any country.

All this paints a pretty clear picture. It tells me we need more honest citizens to get their carry permits. You might disagree, but now we can have that discussion.

There is more we need to know to build a realistic picture of violence in the United States. For perspective, there were:

  • 462 murders in New York City last year
  • 348 murders in Chicago last year
  • 335 murders in Baltimore last year
  • 262 murders in Saint Louis last year, and
  • 239 murders in Los Angeles county last year.

When combined, these five cities had a total of 1,646 murders in 2019. That is more than half of the non-gang homicides in the entire US.

I don’t think we have a gun problem after looking at the numbers. We have a failed-city problem, and the US news media would never admit that.

Rob Morse

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musicman44mag
musicman44mag
21 days ago

WILL. I received your email; but I do not see it here on the board. You might be right we WILL see but somehow it is always the republicans fault in there eyes. Truth be told, they cant control their own monsters and they always blame themselves or something else because they are perfect without blame. Don’t be believe me, just ask them.

from the druggie capital of the USA, OreGONEIA

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
22 days ago

I’m law abiding…it says SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED…so don’t expect me to go and say to some buerorat PLEEZEE MASSA CAN I HAVE A PERMIT MASSA SO I CANZ CARRY A GUN TO PROTECT ME AND THE MISSUS AND OUR CHILLUNS.

Russn8r
Russn8r
21 days ago
Reply to  CourageousLion

COURAGEOUS LION!!! oOOOH….AHHHH. You’re a legend in your own mind.

L O L.

loveaduck
loveaduck
21 days ago
Reply to  CourageousLion

Seems kinda racist. Was it meant that way?

JohnLloydScharf
JohnLloydScharf
22 days ago

Suicide can be accomplished with far less planning and possible pain than a gun just by stepping in front of an 18 wheeler going 70+ mph. Many pedestrians in Salem, Oregon have done it. It can be accomplished by driving a 75 mph car through a telephone poll. Many drivers in Marion County Oregon have done it. It could be accomplished less messy even with slow acting insulin overdose, but I suspect fentanyl and oxycodone during the plague were more popular. Murder can be accomplished with far less evidence than a firearm. A hammer or icepick to the head makes… Read more »

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
22 days ago

Wow, we can actually agree on something.

JohnLloydScharf
JohnLloydScharf
21 days ago
Reply to  CourageousLion

I wrote and submitted written testimony on several gun control bills, and a few bills on motor vehicles, to every State Senator and Representative in Oregon the details of that. My point was, and is, not only did they violate the State and Federal Constitutions and our self-evident natural and civil rights to self-defense, but that their claimed justifications are arbitrary, ambiguous, and abusive.

JohnLloydScharf
JohnLloydScharf
21 days ago
Reply to  CourageousLion

You sound like an anonymous troll intent of provoking readers into displaying emotional responses, or manipulating their perception with your inflammatory, insincere, digressive, extraneous, and off-topic comment. Your denial, dishonesty, and deflection are indisputably incontrovertibly conspicuously crystal clear-cut. You spout the same old narrative of endless inbred bloggers playing the telephone game with factoids and never-do-well high school dropouts who never learned how to discipline their thinking with facts or logic.

uncle dudley
uncle dudley
22 days ago

I have a problem that the US Center For Disease Control tracking firearm shootings, when did using a firearm become a disease?
That is as bad as the Southern Law Poverty Center doing the same, why don’t they just come out and declare they are no different than Giffords, Bloomberg, or all other anti-gun preachers.
It’s better to have a gun and not need it than need a gun and not have it.

swmft
swmft
22 days ago
Reply to  uncle dudley

they are looking for ways to twist facts to fit their agenda

AJChwick
AJChwick
22 days ago
Reply to  uncle dudley

The US CDC is notorious for tracking firearms shootings for the sole purpose of generating bogus stats for the anti crowd. In the past, 1990s, they fed crappy data to many anti groups and they were stopped by congress for their very biased stats. Guess they’re up to their old tricks, again.

JohnLloydScharf
JohnLloydScharf
22 days ago
Reply to  uncle dudley

The CDC should be tracking medical malpractice. It is a disease that is far more deadly and widespread cause of death.

nrringlee
nrringlee
22 days ago

Rob, exceptional work on this. We know the stats. The question is this: how do you get your left leaning friends, neighbors and relatives to hear the truth. Here is a hint for you. Recraft each assertion of fact as a question. Sincerely ask if they know how many homicides are committed each year in the US. Then ask how many are lawful either by police or citizens. Then ask where these murders are committed. Probe their knowledge and you will find that the CNN/MSNBC crowd cannot come close to the truth. Then send them to the source of the… Read more »

swmft
swmft
22 days ago
Reply to  nrringlee

they wont look it up does not fit what they were told to believe

JohnLloydScharf
JohnLloydScharf
22 days ago
Reply to  swmft

Whether they look it up or not, the seed of doubt is sewn. Obviously, some never let the facts get in the way of their feelings. There is a joke about a man who was convinced he, himself, was dead. He ended up in front of a psychiatrist trying to convince him he was alive. The psychiatrist asked, “Do dead men feel pain?” The man said, “No.” The psychiatrist suddenly produced a needle and stabbed him. The man yelled in pain. The psychiatrist asked him if he still believe he was dead.” The man said, “Yes. Now you convinced me… Read more »

DarthDoug
DarthDoug
20 days ago
Reply to  swmft

Those convinced against their will are of the same opinion still….

JohnLloydScharf
JohnLloydScharf
22 days ago
Reply to  nrringlee

No doubt posing questions reveals ignorance.

There is no way to know how many lawful killings there are because not all of them are adjudicated in the courts. Many murders are not cleared every year. Who knows how many of those were self-defense, but the survivor did not trust the criminal justice system. Many killings by police are not prosecuted for acts you would go to prison for.

Another fact is far more acts of robbery, rape, and murder are deterred by armed victims than ever are misused by criminals, but there is no way to document that with certainty.

gregs
gregs
22 days ago

stats don’t lie, but they are ignored by the lamestream media and cable talking heads. what you describe has been the case for many years. a few people in a few cities/counties have committed the majority of the murders in America, but we the law-abiding are to be held responsible for that criminal behavior by having our rights restricted to the point of being defenseless against criminals and governments. just like ol’ joe said, “we yield our rights to the government”.

nrringlee
nrringlee
22 days ago
Reply to  gregs

The Progressive New Left and leftists in general do not value the truth. They value ideology and any emotion driven argument that will give them their ideological objectives. In many cases you are arguing with a brick wall. Don’t waste your time. Convince those who have eyes to see, ears to hear.

JohnLloydScharf
JohnLloydScharf
22 days ago
Reply to  gregs

Statistics are misinterpreted and misapplied by people who do not understand the logic of research or the math of statistics. People tend to decide what they believe and then look for claims confirming their belief. All laws using prohibition are based on applying the law without due process. Possessing a firearm does not make you guilty of murder, so they make the possession a crime. The same applies to all substances. Not everyone becomes addicted to every prohibited substance and many are addicted to substances which cause no harm to others and do not cause them to malfunction as productive… Read more »

Captn John
Captn John
22 days ago

I do have some sympathy the parents. SOME as they either permitted their child to have a gun or, more likely, had no clue. Good possibility there was no father figure in either case. Not 2 teens, a teen and an adult. Sadly they injured others, that’s the worst part of their stupidity. For the 2 dead, I have searched hard and found zero $h!TS to give.

Russn8r
Russn8r
22 days ago

Idiotic “moderation” here, aka censorship.

Deplorable Bill
Deplorable Bill
22 days ago

I have seen two murders. One was the result of a knife to the chest and upper abdomen. The other was a gunshot to the head. Both times I was unarmed, on my way home from work. My boss had a policy of no firearms at work even when locked in your car. That was the last day I went unarmed. I was later a victim of what certainly would have been a mass murder. I, my family, some friends and neighbors are alive today because I was armed and reluctantly willing to use it. Yes Rob, guns do save… Read more »

Russn8r
Russn8r
22 days ago

Businesses open to the public do not have an unqualified right to endanger public safety by disarming the public, any more than a café has a right to prepare your food with rancid grease, rat excrement and cockroaches. “Gun free” zones should be banned everywhere we have the power.

THIS POST WAS “MODERATED”

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Russn8r
Russn8r
22 days ago
Reply to  Russn8r

What is the point of “moderating” a post like this for God’s sake?

RoyD
RoyD
21 days ago
Reply to  Russn8r

I have yet to receive an explanation about a post of mine that was “moderated” earlier this year. Several weeks later I reposted the “offending” post in the same thread and that posting was not molested. Sometimes there is no reason or rhyme.

JohnLloydScharf
JohnLloydScharf
22 days ago

If a person is intend on murder, you are not going to deter them with a firearm, but, obviously, you can prevent further loss of life. Many of us at a prison tested body armor for a year, but firearms were not allowed to be locked up in our cars, so we could not bring our own to work. A female officer who was an excellent professional also tested body armor with us. When the testing was over, she had to turn the body armor in. She was shot dead at her front door in uniform on her way to… Read more »

RoyD
RoyD
21 days ago

There is not one of us who is guaranteed tomorrow. Live your life accordingly.

Russn8r
Russn8r
22 days ago
Reply to  RoyD

Thank God it’s a “gun free” zone or there would’ve been thousands of “teens” dead! LOL. Seriously though, nothing wrong with a little natural selection.

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nrringlee
nrringlee
22 days ago
Reply to  Russn8r

Where is his sperm donor?

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
22 days ago
Reply to  nrringlee

He’s with another hoe.

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
21 days ago
Reply to  musicman44mag

Reminds me of a Queen song. Another one bites the dust!!

from the druggie capital of the USA, OreGONE

JohnLloydScharf
JohnLloydScharf
22 days ago
Reply to  RoyD

I do not consider this amusing. It seems to justify gun control because two underage felons were armed and their deaths resulted in collateral damage to innocent bystanders. Nor does it appear to be a lawful case of self-defense by either party. I suspect it might not have been a totally gun free zone in Cincinnati. From the rules, “Public Hunting” is conditionally allowed for carry purposes.

RoyD
RoyD
21 days ago
Reply to  RoyD

If only there were some commonality we could use to guide us towards a solution.
Bell Pond stabbing suspects arraigned Worcester District Court (telegram.com)

RoyD
RoyD
19 days ago
Reply to  RoyD

What was that thing we could use? Oh, that would be commonality:

Houston teen on life support with head gunshot wound following road rage incident (msn.com)

Patriot Solutions
Patriot Solutions
23 days ago

Because the spook media takes it’s marching orders from the secret societies or more commonly known as the intelligence community. In reality the entire federal government is a scam and the corruption runs right down to the county level and on every street USA. Like Assange says, 98% of DC is dirty and 70% in the states is dirty.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/07/top-secret-meeting-media-kingpins-taking-place-week-idaho-mark-dice/