Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Gun Death Statistics - Figures Don't Lie, But Liars Do Figure

There are 30,000 gun related deaths per year by firearms, and this number is not disputed. The U.S. population is 324,059,091 as of Wednesday, June 22, 2016.

Do the math: 0.00925% of the population dies from gun related actions each year. Statistically speaking, this is insignificant!
There is, however, a fly in this anti-gun ointment.  "Gun related" does not correlate with "gun violence"
• 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
• 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)

Note:  These are all last year's numbers.  So far, as of Christmas 2016 in Chicago there have been more than 700 alone!

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 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, which state has the strictest gun laws by far? Ans: California, of course, but understand, 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 are done by criminals and thinking that criminals will obey laws is ludicrous. That's why they are criminals.

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