A New York State Senator took to Twitter Saturday night to call the NRA a Terrorist organization.
It’s always amazing that it’s those uneducated on guns, the constitution, and what America was founded on are always the first to pipe off with things that they know little about.
Jessica Ramos, a New York State Senator said “The NRA is hereby recognized as a terrorist organization… in my book anyway.”
Ramos is basing her facts off a twitter post by Andrew Junker who posted gun violence numbers in places like Japan, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Australia, etc. What she fails to mention is that the majority of gun deaths in America have nothing to do with law abiding citizens.
Violent crime is down and has been on the decline for decades. The principal public safety concerns with respect to guns are suicides and illegally owned handguns, not mass shootings. Higher rates of gun ownership are not associated with higher rates of violent crime.
Here’s some stats that I’m sure Ms. Ramos doesn’t want to hear. 50% of murders occur in two percent of the nation’s 3,142 counties. Moreover, gun-related homicides are heavily concentrated in certain neighborhoods within those counties: 54 percent of U.S. counties had zero murders in 2018.
Are you a male between 15 and 34? The majority of standard gun murder victims are men between the ages of 15 and 34. Although black men make up roughly 7 percent of the population, they account for almost two-thirds of gun murder victims every year.
Great Britain has some of the strictest gun control laws in the developed world, but the violent crime rate for homicide, rape, burglary, and aggravated assault is much higher than that in the U.S. Further, approximately 60 percent of burglaries in Great Britain occur while residents are home, compared to just 13 percent in the U.S., and British burglars admit to targeting occupied residences because they are more likely to find wallets and purses.
Between 2007 and 2015, murder rates dropped 16 percent and violent crime rates dropped 18 percent, even though the percentage of adults with concealed carry permits rose by 190 percent.
The principal public safety concerns are suicides and illegally owned handguns.
Let me break it down for you using 2016 numbers, to show you just how America doesn’t have a gun problem. The Democrats have a control problem, which is why they’re pushing for gun control.
- 65% of those deaths are by suicide which would never be prevented by gun laws
- 15% are by law enforcement in the line of duty and justified
- 17% are through criminal activity, gang and drug related or mentally ill persons – gun violence
- 3% are accidental discharge deaths
So technically, “gun violence” is not 30,000 annually, but drops to 5,100. Still too many? Well, first, how are those deaths spanned across the nation?
• 480 homicides (9.4%) were in Chicago
• 344 homicides (6.7%) were in Baltimore
• 333 homicides (6.5%) were in Detroit
• 119 homicides (2.3%) were in Washington D.C. (a 54% increase over prior years)
So basically, 25% of all gun crime happens in just 4 cities. All 4 of those cities have strict gun laws, so it is not the lack of law that is the root cause.
This basically leaves 3,825 for the entire rest of the nation, or about 75 deaths per state. That is an average because some States have much higher rates than others. For example, California had 1,169 and Alabama had 1.
Now, who has the strictest gun laws by far? California, of course, but understand, so it is not guns causing this. It is a crime rate spawned by the number of criminal persons residing in those cities and states. So if all cities and states are not created equally, then there must be something other than the tool causing the gun deaths.
Are 5,100 deaths per year horrific? How about in comparison to other deaths? All death is sad and especially so when it is in the commission of a crime but that is the nature of crime. Robbery, death, rape, assault all is done by criminals and thinking that criminals will obey laws is ludicrous. That’s why they are criminals.
But what about other deaths each year?
• 40,000+ die from a drug overdose–THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THAT!
• 36,000 people die per year from the flu, far exceeding the criminal gun deaths
• 34,000 people die per year in traffic fatalities(exceeding gun deaths even if you include suicide) Thanks to Kevin P Smith’s Amazing Research on this!
With that being said, I hope that you now realize how idiotic the gun control debate is, and how its’ not about saving lives, it’s about controlling the American people.