What were you implying when you said "I would prefer to peruse the study of a non-political entity"?
Originally Posted by Slapstick
Slap, you didn't counter the facts I presented about crime dropping in a town where gun ownership was mandated, and rising in a town where guns were banned. Nor did you bother to counter the facts presented in the Cato Institute Report, or Dr. Kleck's research. You simply chose to ignore them as inconsequential.
Originally Posted by Slapstick
Is there a high percentage of gun-related homicides in the US in comparison with other countries? Yes. But there is a high percentage of homicides WITHOUT GUNS in comparison with other countries. That tells me you can't just blame gun ownership.
Murders by firearm in the US number less than 9000 per year...but Dr. Kleck's research found that some 2.5 million crimes are PREVENTED in this country every year because of firearms. In other words, for every murder due to a firearm in this country, more than 250 crimes are THWARTED due to a firearm. Those aren't the findings of a conservative with an agenda; those are the findings of Dr. Kleck, a liberal Democrat (see my earlier post). Even if he's off in his analysis, other studies would seem to indicate that for every crime committed with a firearm, at least 3 to 5 crimes are prevented by firearms. Even using the low figures from the Clinton Justice Department, firearms are used almost 50 times more often to save life than to take life. (* See Injury Facts, published yearly by the National Safety Council, Itasca, Illinois; also Philip J. Cook and Jens Ludwig, "Guns in America: National Survey on Private Ownership and Use of Firearms," NIJ Research in Brief; available at http://www.ncjrs.org/txtfiles/165476.txt.)
Now, here are some other facts for you to chew on (though I suspect you'll just dismiss them as well):
--The NON-gun homicide rate for children in the U.S. is more than twice as high as in other Western countries. (* Kids and Guns, 2000, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention)
--In Japan, the murder rate is about 1 per 100,000. In the U.S., there are about 3.2 murders per 100,000 each year by weapons other than firearms. (* United Nations data) Therefore, if all of the firearms in the U.S. could magically be eliminated, we would still have three times the murder rate of Japan.
--Over 80% of homicides against children age 13 and under are committed WITHOUT a gun. (* 1997, FBI Uniform Crime Statistics)
--In the U.S., only 0.1% of all deaths of children age 14 and under are due to firearms. (* 1997 National Center for Health Statistics National Vital Statistics Report)
--90% of all violent crime in the U.S. does not involve any gun of any type. (* 1998 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms) There are more guns in the U.S. than cars (228,000,000 guns according to the 1998 FBI statistics and 207,754,000 automobiles according to the 1998 Federal Highway Administration registrations). Yet, you are 31 times more likely to be accidentally killed by a car than a gun according to the National Safety Council…despite cars having been registered and licensed for more than 100 years.
--Less than 1% of all guns will ever be used in the commission of any type of crime (much less violent crime). (*FBI Uniform Crime Statistics, 1994)
--Two-thirds of the people that die each year from gunfire are criminals shooting other criminals. (* FBI Uniform Crime Statistics, 1994)
--18-20 year olds commit over 23% of all gun murders. None of these criminals are allowed to purchase a handgun due to their age under current law. (* U.S. Treasury and Justice Dept. Report, 1999)
--The national five day waiting period under the Brady Bill had no impact on murder or robbery, but slightly increased rape and aggravated assault rates by a few percent. For these two crime categories, the major effect was to delay law-abiding citizens from getting a gun for protection. The risks were greatest for crimes against women. (* Dr. John Lott Jr., Univ. of Chicago School of Law)
--Every day, 550 rapes, 1,100 murders, and 5,200 other violent crimes per day are prevented just by showing a handgun. In less than 0.9% of the time is the gun ever actually even fired. (* Gary Kleck, Criminologist, Florida State Univ.)
--Of the 250,000,000 annual self-defense cases using guns, more than 7.7% are by women defending themselves against sexual abuse. (* U.S. Dept. of Justice, Law Enforcement Assistance Administration,Rape Victimization in 26 American Cities, 1979)
--92.7% of law enforcement officials believe that citizens should be able to purchase firearms for self-defense and sporting purposes. (* 1999 Police Survey, National Assoc. of Chiefs of Police)
--The courts have consistently ruled that the police do not have an obligation to protect individuals. In Warren v. District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Dept.,444 A.2d 1 (D.C. App. 1981), the court stated: 'Courts have without exception concluded that when a municipality or other governmental entity undertakes to furnish police services, it assumes a duty only to the public at large and not to individual members of the community.'
--Crime is significantly higher in states without right-to-carry laws:
Violent Crime ……………………81% higher
Murder ………………………….. 86% higher
Rape …………………………… 25% higher
Assault…………………………… 82% higher
Robbery………………………….. 105% higher
Auto Theft……………………….. 60% higher
(* John Lott, David Mustard: This study involved county level crime statistics from all 3,054 counties in the U.S. from 1977 through 1992.)
Now, rather than just dismissing these facts, go ahead and "counter" them with some "hard facts that can't be debated."