55 Facts about Gun Deaths
Something to think about................but most of you already know this.
There are 30,000 gun related deaths per year by firearms. That is not disputed. What is never shown though is a breakdown of those deaths that would put them in perspective nor are they compared to other causes of death.
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 mentallyill persons
3% are accidental discharge deaths.
So technically, gun violence is not 30,000 annually but drops to 5100. Still too large? 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 DC (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 3825 for the entire rest of the nation or about 75 per state. That is an average because some States have much higher rates than others. For example,
California had 1169.
Alabama had 1. Now, who has the strictest gun laws by far? California of course but understand, it is not the tool (guns) driving this. It is a crime rate spawned by the number of criminal persons residing in those cities and states.
Now that you see not all cities and states are created equal and that there must be something other than the tool causing the gun deaths, how about in comparison to other deaths? Are 5,100 deaths per year horrific?
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 to victims and thinking that criminals will obey laws is ludicrous. That’s why they are criminals. But what ofother deaths?
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)
Now it gets good:
200,000+ people die each year (and growing) from preventable medicalmalpractice You are safer in Chicago than you are in a hospital!
710,000 people die per year from heart disease, time to stop the cheeseburgers?
So what is the point? If Obama and the anti-gun movement focuses their attention on heart disease, a decrease in even 10% would save twice the lives annually of all gun related deaths (including suicide, law enforcement, etc.). A 10% reduction in malpractice would be 66% of the total gun deaths or 4 times the number of criminal homicides.
Simple, preventable, 10% reductions. So you have to ask yourself, in the grand scheme of things, why the focus on guns? It’s pretty simple.
Taking away guns gives control to governments. This is not conspiracytheory; this is historical fact. Why is it impossible for the government to spill over into dictatorship? Why did the Japanese not even attempt to attack California in WWII? Because as they put it, there is a gun behind every blade of grass.
included in the constitution. It must be preserved at all costs.
So the next time someone tries to tell you that gun control is about saving lives, look at these facts and remember these words from Noah Webster...
"Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed as theyare in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America
cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword because the whole body of the
people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular
troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States."