With all the talk of gun control and gun violence, I ask has anybody really looked into the statistics/ facts. I would like to take some time and take about the current statistics that are out from the FBI, the 2011 stats. I will also provide you links to those figures.
There has been a steady decrease in violent crime rate in the US since 1992. Keep in mind that there has also been a steady increase in firearm sales in the US.
The next table will show you the number of murders by state, along with the type of weapon that was used. Now when you look at this table think about how the news media want to ban “assault weapons”, and those weapons are considered rifles. The numbers for rifle are considerable lower in most case than knives or other weapon. Also, keep in mind the areas of the US that are consider to have tough gun regulations and restrictions, for the most part, have a higher violent crime rate, and you can see that in the table.
Please take the time to look at these figures for yourself. There are many table in the FBI crime statistics, but I believe the two I have shown you are the most relevant. The true purpose of gun control should be to keep guns out of the hand of criminals, and not out of law abiding citizens, and criminals will use what ever they can get. It is true that in recent events, the theater shooting and Newtown, these so called “assault weapons” were the firearm of choice for those monsters, but that weapon is used considerable less than the media or anti gun people would want you to believe. From the table you will see that by population gun murders are considerable low and decreasing, and the instance of wear a rifle (“assault weapon”) was used is a very small percent.
I believe that the true and only way to stop violence in our country is to look at the big picture . How has society formed our violence, why do we act the way we do? That would be the way to decrease the violent crimes in the US, and prevent these terrible tragedies in the future.