Despite the narrative advanced by those that continue to push for additional gun-control laws in the aftermath of the Newtown and Aurora, Colorado shootings, the facts tell a much different story about violent crime involving firearms.
A report released last week by the U.S. Department of Justice revealed that nonfatal crimes involving firearms declined by 69 percent from 1993 to 2011, while deaths by gun dropped 49 percent during the same period.
The report from the DOJ confirms that, even though the nation’s population has grown significantly since 1993 and gun ownership has increased to record levels, the narrative advanced by those in favor of stricter gun control laws that gun violence is on the rise as a result of lax gun laws is factual incorrect.
While advocates of more gun-control laws use mass shootings to bring attention to the issue of firearm violence, the reality is that gun crime is much lower today that it was two decades ago. Americans are unaware of the facts, and are swayed by false arguments put forward by those that use tragedies like Newtown as a way to convince people that guns are the problem rather than placing the responsibility where it belongs-with those that choose to carry out these actions.
A recent Pew Research Center survey highlights this. Of those that took part in the survey, 56 percent believe gun crime is higher now than it was 20 years ago and only 12 percent think it has declined.
The DOJ report also revealed that suicides now account for 60 percent of firearm deaths, the highest rate since 1981.
The Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan source of data analysis which does not take advocacy positions, released a detailed review of the DOJ report that should be reviewed by those that want the truth about firearms and crime.
The report reinforces the argument that guns are not the problem, yet are targeted as such because it is a rallying cry for those that attempt to use mass shootings as a way to generate support through sympathy for an agenda that they have been pushing for decades.
Americans need to be aware of the facts so that they do not fall victim to attempts to simplify complex issues like mass shootings. Since the Newton murders there have been at least two cases of mass stabbings, one that was stopped because a citizen exercised their right to legally carry a firearm they had received a carry permit for.
Keep in mind that when gun-control advocates recite the number of deaths by firearm that six-in-ten of them are a result of suicide-not homicide.
Every year there are thousands of Americans that defend themselves, their families, their homes and businesses because they made the decision to carry firearms. Those are rarely reported beyond the local level because it is counterproductive to the effort to convince us that guns are bad and are the root of evil when the truth is that individuals are responsible for their actions.
Too many in this society spend a great deal of time trying to find ways to remove personal responsibility and accountability from choices and actions, and the falsehood that guns are the cause of murder and crime is just another attempt to strip away personal responsibility from action.
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