Well, that was quick. Just as we saw the tragic shootings in Colorado, and Wisconsin, the democrats are seizing yesterday’s shooting near Texas A&M to push for stricter gun control laws. We seem to have our fair share of gun violence, but are stricter gun laws the answer? As the details of what happened become more clear, there will be an unavoidable discussion in the media, on social networks, and in bars, about whether guns are to really to blame. But before we let the liberals have their soap box, let us look at the facts about gun control.
The fact is only 26% (2.2 million) of the 8.6 million violent crimes in the United States even involve a weapon! This 26% includes not only guns, but knives, bats, scissors, broken bottles, etc. Even with these statistics the liberals in this country are pushing hard for strict gun control including bans on “Assault Weapons”.
The “Assault Weapons” sold in the US today are semi-automatic only, meaning you get one shot for each trigger pull. These weapons barely register in homicide statistics at all. They look good in the arms of politicians though. In 2005, 75% of the 10,100 homicides committed using firearms in the United States were committed using handguns, compared to 4% with rifles, 5% with shotguns, and the rest with a type of firearm not specified. Assault weapons are so rarely used they don’t qualify for a separate category.
Bottom line 45 people in the United States are murdered every day, but the left only cares about these crimes when it promotes their agenda.
We have the right to “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
Source: American Firearms Institute