Neal Barton's POV

Don't let facts get in the way of a good story


POSTED: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 5:09pm

UPDATED: Friday, May 10, 2013 - 4:51am

Let me start off saying that anyone’s premature death is a tragedy.

It is no joke when people are hurt from acts of violence in any form.

During this gun debate, we've been lectured about assault this and that and been told by some, mainly
by the elite class, that firearms are not needed in our nation anymore, or we just need to be regulated to shotguns and revolver, if that.

I was shocked to read this in the “LA Times” on Tuesday.

It's from a “Pew Poll.”

Not some off-the-wall poll of those who hate guns could besmirch.

Gun crime has plunged in the United States since its peak in the middle of the 1990’s, including gun killings, assaults, robberies and other crimes, two new studies of government data show.

Yet, few Americans are aware of the dramatic drop and more than half believe gun crime has risen, according to a newly released survey by the Pew Research Center.

In less than two decades, the gun murder rate has been nearly cut in half.

Other gun crimes fell even more sharply, paralleling a broader drop in violent crimes committed with or without guns.

Violent crime dropped steeply during the 1990’s and has fallen less dramatically since the turn of the millennium.

Those are facts.

But, to listen to some of the crazy TV talking heads and some politicians, it's the “OK Corral” all over the place.

The attack on law abiding citizens continues by those who are only acting from emotion.

That's my point of view, what's yours?

You can email me at or Facebook me at KETK Neal Barton.

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As John Lott's book, "More Guns, Less Crime" showed, the leveling of the field by having good as well as bad people armed, reduces crime.

In states where good people cannot get arms the crime rates skyrocket. And happy more and more states have good CCW laws and people do have guns, good people that is.

So yes, I can see why in over 20 years, just about as long as CCW laws have been changing, so did the crime rates go down.

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