For every person, there are 1.2 privately owned firearms in the United States, more than double the gun-per-person rate of any other nation. That’s the finding of an organization in Geneva, Switzerland, that published a Small Arms Survey.

In addition to these more than 393 million firearms, slightly over a million firearms equip law enforcement and 4.5 million are allocated to military, not counting heavy weapons.

That’s 70 times more weapons in private hands than those wearing uniforms, perhaps what our founders envisioned in constructing the 2nd Amendment. They wanted a hedge against government tyranny such as imposed upon them by King George.

Getting Facts Straight

Mass-shooting tragedies cause many to identify guns as a social ill requiring extinction, and freely assign the term “assault rifle” to weapons such as the AR15 (‘AR” signifying automatic rifle) which have never been used militarily. This is just one example of the free flow of bogus terminology.

God bless everyone desiring a solution to innocent bloodshed, particularly that spilled in a school classroom or cafeteria. It horrifies us all. Final exams should be a student’s foremost trauma – anything greater is unthinkable and unfair.

Search for Solution

With a new school year emerging, we’re reminded that we owe our children a solution. The only route to curbing this crisis, however, is civil discussion. Have you seen any political ads lately? Civil discourse – whatever the topic – is an endangered species.

We won’t let that be the case here, however.  It’s for this reason that we’re cautiously approaching the data we wish to share and what we believe it signifies.

That recent Small Arms Survey indicated that about 46% of the world’s privately owned guns are in the hands of those within the United States. So if the mere existence of firearms prompts a shooting frenzy our rate of violent crime should rival a war zone.

But it doesn’t. According to Anna Alvazzi del Frate, the Small Arms Survey program director:

“The countries with the highest level of firearm violence—they don’t rank high in terms of ownership per person. So what we see is that there is no direct correlation at the global level between firearm ownership and violence.”

Guns Up, Crime Down

Violent crime in America has trended sharply downward for almost a quarter century. According to FBI figures, it fell 48 percent between 1993 and 2016. The Bureau of Justice Statistics compiles its data based on surveys that include unreported crime and claims a 74 percent drop during that span.

These reductions absorb an increase in violent crime between 2014 and 2016.

Over almost the same period, guns in America went from 185 million to 357 million in 2013. This is according to the American Enterprise Institute – and not the Swiss organization quoted previously which dealt only with gun ownership as of 2016.

It’s not as simple as guns up, crime down, of course, but it’s reasonable to deduct that the existence of firearms is not creating killers.

Be discerning when reading articles about gun deaths in America because many times these include suicides, which customarily accounts for about two-thirds of the tragedies.

Women’s Right

If we could release a chemical into the atmosphere that would vaporize all 300+ million guns in America – the only meaningful form of gun control – Katie Pavlich contends that women would be disproportionately disadvantaged.

A journalist and commentator, Ms. Pavlich points out the physiological fact that men are bigger and stronger than women on average, and a gun becomes the great equalizer in an assault. In her video on Prager University, Ms. Pavlich provides what is probably a cogent analysis of the gun control debate, and something we hope can be received graciously by those who may disagree with the views expressed herein:

“If nobody owned a gun, everybody would be safer. Yes, and it would be nice if cheesecake were a diet food.”

For every person, there are 1.2 privately owned firearms in the United States, more than double the gun-per-person rate of any other nation. That’s the finding of an organization in Geneva, Switzerland, that published a Small Arms Survey.

In addition to these more than 393 million firearms, slightly over a million firearms equip law enforcement and 4.5 million are allocated to military, not counting heavy weapons.

That’s 70 times more weapons in private hands than those wearing uniforms, perhaps what our founders envisioned in constructing the 2nd Amendment. They wanted a hedge against government tyranny such as imposed upon them by King George.

Getting Facts Straight

Mass-shooting tragedies cause many to identify guns as a social ill requiring extinction, and freely assign the term “assault rifle” to weapons such as the AR15 (‘AR” signifying automatic rifle) which have never been used militarily. This is just one example of the free flow of bogus terminology.

God bless everyone desiring a solution to innocent bloodshed, particularly that spilled in a school classroom or cafeteria. It horrifies us all. Final exams should be a student’s foremost trauma – anything greater is unthinkable and unfair.

Search for Solution

With a new school year emerging, we’re reminded that we owe our children a solution. The only route to curbing this crisis, however, is civil discussion. Have you seen any political ads lately? Civil discourse – whatever the topic – is an endangered species.

We won’t let that be the case here, however.  It’s for this reason that we’re cautiously approaching the data we wish to share and what we believe it signifies.

 

 

That recent Small Arms Survey indicated that about 46% of the world’s privately owned guns are in the hands of those within the United States. So if the mere existence of firearms prompts a shooting frenzy our rate of violent crime should rival a war zone.

But it doesn’t. According to Anna Alvazzi del Frate, the Small Arms Survey program director:

“The countries with the highest level of firearm violence—they don’t rank high in terms of ownership per person. So what we see is that there is no direct correlation at the global level between firearm ownership and violence.”

Guns Up, Crime Down

Violent crime in America has trended sharply downward for almost a quarter century. According to FBI figures, it fell 48 percent between 1993 and 2016. The Bureau of Justice Statistics compiles its data based on surveys that include unreported crime and claims a 74 percent drop during that span.

These reductions absorb an increase in violent crime between 2014 and 2016.

Over almost the same period, guns in America went from 185 million to 357 million in 2013. This is according to the American Enterprise Institute – and not the Swiss organization quoted previously which dealt only with gun ownership as of 2016.

It’s not as simple as guns up, crime down, of course, but it’s reasonable to deduct that the existence of firearms is not creating killers.

Be discerning when reading articles about gun deaths in America because many times these include suicides, which customarily accounts for about two-thirds of the tragedies.

Women’s Right

If we could release a chemical into the atmosphere that would vaporize all 300+ million guns in America – the only meaningful form of gun control – Katie Pavlich contends that women would be disproportionately disadvantaged.

A journalist and commentator, Ms. Pavlich points out the physiological fact that men are bigger and stronger than women on average, and a gun becomes the great equalizer in an assault. In her video on Prager University, Ms. Pavlich provides what is probably a cogent analysis of the gun control debate, and something we hope can be received graciously by those who may disagree with the views expressed herein:

“If nobody owned a gun, everybody would be safer. Yes, and it would be nice if cheesecake were a diet food.”

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