Following the shooting at Sandy Hook, President Obama issued a list of Executive Orders. As he’s very anti-Second Amendment (and much of the rest of the Constitution) , the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) was given $10 million to research gun violence.
In fact he went as far so to change the law to make this happen. As he said back in January 2015:
“Year after year, those who oppose even modest gun-safety measures (he meant the NRA) have threatened to defund scientific or medical research into the causes of gun violence, I will direct the Centers for Disease Control to go ahead and study the best ways to reduce it,”
And he did. And even though the man who oversaw CDC gun research is not noted for his tolerance for firearms:
“We need to revolutionize the way we look at guns, like what we did with cigarettes,” said Dr. Mark Rosenberg, to The Washington Post in 1994. “Now [smoking] is dirty, deadly and banned.”
The results are in. And they are a surprise. Even though the CDC claims that the field of reference wasn’t long enough for a proper picture (who knows what is long enough – don’t they have all the data?) they concluded that armed citizens were less likely to be harmed by an attacker. Well, duh! Did the Chief of Washington D.C.’s police say that – and that place REALLY hates guns. The only officially sanctioned gun shop is in the police department!
The report went on to say that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million per year…in the context of about 300,000 violent crimes involving firearms in 2008.
The report also claims that “The number of public mass shootings of the type that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School accounted for a very small fraction of all firearm-related deaths. Since 1983 there have been 78 events in which 4 or more individuals were killed by a single perpetrator in 1 day in the United States, resulting in 547 victims and 476 injured persons.” It goes on, “Unintentional firearm-related deaths have steadily declined during the past century. The number of unintentional deaths due to firearm-related incidents accounted for less than 1 percent of all unintentional fatalities in 2010.”
And that old chestnut about stolen guns? “According to a 1997 survey of inmates, approximately 70 percent of the guns used or possess by criminals at the time of their arrest came from family or friends, drug dealers, street purchases, or the underground market.”
A 2012 Gallop poll indicated that 43% of Americans have one or more firearms in their home. In 2010, there were twice as many nonfatal firearm-related injuries (73,505) as deaths. Between the years 2000 and 2010, firearm-related suicides significantly outnumbered homicides for all age groups, annually accounting for 61 percent of the more than 335,600 people who died from firearm-related violence in the United States. The number of public mass shootings of the type that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School accounted for a very small fraction of all firearm-related deaths. Specifically, since 1983 there have been 78 events in which 4 or more individuals were killed by a single perpetrator in 1 day in the United States, resulting in 547 victims and 476 injured persons.
Although overall crime rates have declined in the past decade and violent crimes, including homicides specifically, have declined in the past 5 years, crime-related deaths involving firearms remain a serious threat. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI’s) Uniform Crime Reporting Program, 68,720 people were murdered in firearm-related violence between 2007 and 2011. During that same time frame, firearms accounted for more than twice as many murders as all other weapons combined. More than two-thirds of victims murdered by a spouse or ex-spouse died as a result of a gunshot wound. More than 600,000 victims of robbery and other crimes reported that they faced an assailant armed with a gun.