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Right wing animals are killing each other like there's no tomorrow.
Red State cities are in a race to the bottom, murder-wise as rightist
Trump supporters are out of control.
Evem Alex Jones blames trump, so does the anchor baby Michelle Malkin.
Rightists In Denial: Why Are The Most Violent Gun Crime States All Red
States Infested With Right Wing Gunloons?
More guns, less crime? Not according to the data.
By National Observer in News, US News, Politics | February 16th 2018
The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun,
said Wayne LaPierre, vice president of the National Rifle Association
(NRA), after a gunman killed 20 children and six others at Sandy Hook
Elementary School in December 2012.
Not long after the deadly school shooting that recently killed 17 in
Parkland, Florida, gun rights advocates argued that the shooter may have
been deterred if there were more guns available, in the hands of teachers
and staff. But there's little evidence to support this.
An American is forty times more likely to encounter a gun than most other
human beings in the world.
On the contrary, the data shows that the U.S. stands alone among developed
countries when it comes to firearm-related murders. Guns were used to
murder more than two-thirds of all victims in the U.S. In comparison,
Mexico, one of the most violent countries in the world, had fewer than
half of its murder victims die by firearm violence. (In 2011, 34 per cent
of Canadian murder victims, 20 per cent of Australian victims, and two per
cent of Japanese victims died from a gun).
Its not that Americans are more violent than people in other countries:
in 2011, both Brits and Australians were statistically more likely to be
injured in a violent crime. But the American is forty times more likely to
encounter a gun. According to the United Nations Office of Drugs and
Crime, gun victims are six times more likely die than victims of assault
with a knife or blunt object.
But America has many, many more guns in circulation than any other
country. In 2011, 270 million firearms were circulated in the U.S., almost
90 guns for every 100 people. No other country comes close: Yemen, in the
midst of of civil war, only has 55 guns for every 100 people.
Even so, the data show that Americans are not more prone to violence than
Canadians or Australians. In spite of this, compared to the average
American, Canadians are ten times less likely to be victims of gun
violence. (Brits are fourteen times and Australians forty times less
likely.) The U.S. is also one of the few developed countries in the world
without a comprehensive firearms registry.
The aggregate data almost certainly understates the global impact of
American guns. According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the
vast majority of guns seized and traced in Mexico are of American origin.
About a quarter of these weapons are high-caliber weapons, such as AK and
AR-15 type semiautomatic rifles.
In Canada, traced guns have almost always been American. But the steady
flood of American guns may have slowed: the National Weapons Enforcement
Support Team (NWEST) estimates that, in the last three years, 60 per cent
of B.C. crime guns have come from domestic sources. The Task Force on
Illegal Firearms attributes this curious trend to changes in firearms
legislation in states such as Washington and Oregon requiring
recordkeeping at the point of sale for all firearms In Canada, there is
no national legislation to require record keeping for sales.
B.C.s experience suggests that when U.S. gun laws are strengthened,
criminals will find firearms from different places. But when Americans
loosen their gun laws, the global market is flooded with cheap weapons.
Political scientists estimate that the U.S. assault weapons ban expiring
in 2004 directly caused an additional 158 gun deaths per year in Mexican
border municipos. The massive U.S. gun stockpile essentially gives the
Americans a global monopoly on firearms and small arms violence.
Americans more or less agree: the U.S. needs more gun control. For the
last two decades, a consistent majority of Americans have supported
stricter gun control; those who want less regulation have increased in
number, but number no more than one in five respondents.
So why has the U.S. failed to strengthen their gun laws in spite of
sustained public opinion? The seminal argument, John Lotts More Guns,
Less Crime, was published in 1998 and has blurred the parameters of the
gun safety debate ever since. States that ban the concealed carrying of
guns have murder rates 127 per cent higher than states with the most
liberal concealed-carry laws, Lott reports. States with [no gun control]
have less crime. A peaceful society, the thinking goes, is most likely
when everybody is armed and able to defend themselves with lethal force.
This is a willful misreading of statistics. The data simply do not support
the more guns, less crime claim. States with stricter regulations may
have higher murder rates, but the laws were instituted in response to
crime, not the other way around. Easy domestic firearm transport and trade
of firearms further obfuscates their argument. Republicans often talk
about Chicago, which has one of the highest murder rates and strictest gun
laws in the U.S. What they dont say is that 60 per cent of all firearms
seized in Chicago come from outside state lines. (Neighboring Wisconsin
and Indiana both have some of the weakest gun laws in the U.S.)
But the data do definitively show that countries with fewer guns in
circulation have fewer homicides and lower levels of crime lethality.
(This relationship holds for the 50 U.S. states, too.) Brits, Australians,
and Americans all have similar rates of violent crime, but Americans are
much more likely to use a firearm. The presence of a gun turns assault
into mass murder-- and there are as many guns as people in the United
The more likely culprit is the gun lobby, which has spent extensively on
U.S. campaigns. In the 2016 election, the NRA spent a combined $31.2
million dollars supporting Donald Trump and opposing Hillary Clinton.
The effort paid off. A year ago, in one of his first official acts as
President, Donald Trump signed a bill overturning regulations that
required background checks for more people with a history of mental
On February 14, seventeen people were shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman
High School in Parkland, Florida. It was the 18th school shooting of 2018.
in a televised statement from the White House, the President offered
condolences to the victims of the latest American mass shooting.
We are committed to working with state and local leaders to help secure
our schools, and tackle the difficult issue of mental health, Trump said.
He did not mention guns.