Here are the numbers from 2013 via the CDC, ATF, FBI, and DOJ.
According to available FBI, ATF, and DOJ statistics illegal firearms make up for between 94% and 97% of crimes committed with guns, with less than one tenth of a percent of those are purchased from gun shows or misc. retail sales done without background checks.
So let’s figure this out.
6% of 11,208 = 673 homicides committed by legal gun owners who passed a background check, this number would also include self-defense cases that were found unjustifiable resulting in a homicide conviction.
So now we know roughly how many crimes are committed by law abiding gun owners, 673, and we know roughly how many law abiding gun owners there is, about 80 million. So that means that statistically .0008% of us law abiding gun owners commit crime while 99.9992% of us do not! And the anti-gun crowd calls us gun worshipers, paranoid, and a myriad of other names along with bashing the NRA because of this .0008% ???
Now for the "gun show loophole".
.1% of 11,208 = 11 homicides with firearms from gun shows and retail sales with no background checks (This statistic is actually very hard to keep track of because it is so small). So at best, universal background checks might eliminate those 11 that were done with firearms being purchased without any background checks, if they didn’t find another way to obtain a gun illegally.
That leaves 10,524 homicides done with completely illegal firearms that would be absolutely unchanged by ANY gun control measure ever thought of. Matter of fact any new gun control laws would also have no effect on reducing suicides or gun accidents, those need to be addressed with mental healthcare, suicide prevention, and safety education, all of which the pro-gun crowd already advocates for. So obviously any new measures would have almost no impact on decreasing the number of victims of "gun violence".
So now for the million dollar question, what can we do about this?
First, start punishing the criminals and not legal gun owners we're getting sick of it! So how do we punish the criminals and prevent "gun violence"? Here are just a few ideas that would punish criminals and not law abiding gun owners-
These would at least be a good start!
Final point, please remember that law abiding gun owners use their guns in defense of themselves, their family, or others, anywhere between 500 thousand and 2.5 million times a year! Statistically when law abiding gun owners use their personal weapons in self defense 96% are successful without a shot fired. Of the remaining 4% , between 78% to 90% of those result in only wounding the criminal and only 10% to 22% are fatalities . This only equals between 0.625% and 3.125% of lawful gun owners so why is that number so hard to believe????
- Justin Heffley
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