“According to Slate’s gun-death tracker, an estimated 4,062 people have died as a result of gun violence in America since the Newtown massacre on December 14, 2012.”
Tell me again how gun restrictions are a bad thing?
Because in most metropolitan cities where gangs are a problem (the major contributors of gun homicide statistics), usually 50-60% of gun murders are related to gang warfare. Criminals killing criminals. They can’t be prevented because the police doesn’t want more people getting shot trying to stop them, and they’re already dealing with drugs and trafficking women - they’re able to get guns illegally.
Another chunk of homicides are crimes of passion, which unfortunately are rarely stoppable and happen all over the world.
Another results of gun violence are justifiable homicides by the police and armed citizens.
Pass more gun restrictions (there’s already 20,000 gun laws on the books) if you want to *feel* safe. But nobody will be safer, and there won’t be less people dying.
Specially if there’s anything from 700,000 to 2.5 million defensive gun uses.
I’m pretty sure this person pulled all of these statistics directly from their ass.
1) The majority of gun deaths in America are NOT gang related. In 2010, out of over 31,000 firearm deaths in this country, 62% were suicides, 36% were homicides, and 2% were unintentional. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2012).
2) Over 80% of the suicides were committed using a gun.
3) Suicide rates are actually higher in rural areas than urban ones.
4) Your little add-on about “defensive gun uses” is so grossly off that it’s almost unbelievable. According to a recent study done by the Harvard Injury Control Center, a gun in the home is 22 times more likely to be used to kill or injure in a domestic homicide, suicide, or unintentional shooting than to be used in self-defense!
Say what you will, but facts are undeniable. The United States, with its many guns and highly permissive gun laws, faces a far more serious problem of lethal firearm violence than any other high-income country in the world. The longer we sit around and do nothing, the worse it is going to get.
(Source: The New York Times)