Neal Barton's POV

So where's this gun news?


POSTED: Monday, February 3, 2014 - 4:25pm

UPDATED: Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 2:42pm

A DOJ Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) "special report" shows that "firearm-related" homicides fell by 39 percent between 1993 and 2011.

This has been all over the news, right?

It also showed that violent crime, or "nonfatal firearm-related violent victimization against persons aged 12 or older," declined by 70 percent over the same time period.

The BJS report was released in May 2013, but was under-reported amid the push for new gun control laws. The information in it is detrimental to many of the gun control arguments which were being propounded at the time.

For instance, while Democrats in various parts of the country were pushing legislation to end the "gun show loophole," the BJS report showed that "among state prison inmates who possessed a gun at the time of [their] offense, less than 2 percent bought their gun at a flea market or gun show."

And a subsection of the report ,focused on 1997 to 2004, showed that only two percent of state inmates and three percent of federal inmates used "a military-style semiautomatic or fully automatic" in the commission of their crime.

The success of the gun control lobby was evidenced by an LA Times column which ran at the same time as the BJS report.

According to the Times, although "gun crime plunged in the United States since its peak in the middle of the 1990s, few Americans are aware of the dramatic drop, and more than half believe gun crime has risen."

There is no bias going on here, is there?

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

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Idiot... and what about Berzelius hackers breaking into Obamacare? Or the ones breaking into Neiman Marcus accounts?

There may be less incidences BUT more actual thiefts. After all, FORTY MILLION PEOPLE ain't a small number. There is only 300 million people, men, women, and children, in the US!

Strange, deaths down but in Texas and we're awash with guns (yea yea I have a CHL to.. don't you?)

But as John Lott, in his book, "More Guns, Less Crime" shows, bad guys always get weapons, work in packs, and pick when and where to strike (with no cops around of course.)
So by banning guns that just makes it easier for them to do their deeds.

Now do some folks use guns in 'the heat of an arugment'? Sure. But they also use knives, hammers, fist, feet, etc. to! Gun bans don't work, period!

I agree. Any idiot can make a zip gun from pipe fittings and a block of wood. The Army's improvised munition training taught thousands of soldiers to do just that.
The civilized folks in the UK where guns are banned still find a way to murder each other.

A lot of subjects get censored by US news outlets. It sad how misinformed most people in the US really are. Thank God for the Electoral College system. Most Americans are too ignorant for a straight democracy.

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