"For the average American alive today, the odds of being murdered have never been lower, even though Americans possess millions more firearms," writes Andrew Cline for The Federalist.
The media push is that America has too many guns and that's why there are so many gun deaths. But that's not true: as gun ownership rises, gun crime falls. Yet, liberals don't want anyone to know this and that's why paper's like The Boston Globe, as Cline notes, writes things like, "The United States has been pummeled by gun violence since the assault weapons ban expired in 2004." Most readers will accept this and move on without ever knowing that gun violence has been falling for over 20 years now.
The gulf between the facts about guns and the public’s perception is immense, and was created deliberately. Anti-gun advocates invent new terms (“assault weapon”) and politicians lie to win over a skeptical public. Too often these myths are swallowed by journalists and celebrities who don’t bother to check the data and don’t know how modern firearms actually work.Here's the raw data Cline cites in his article: between 1993-2013, the number of guns per person rose from 0.94 to 1.45. At the same time, the gun homicide rate fell 49%, from 7 to 3.6 per 100,000 people. Additionally, Pew reports that during roughly those same years, non-fatal gun victimizations have fallen from 725.3 to 174.8 per 100,000 people. It's not just homicides that are decreasing.
But everyone is worried about those big, bad "assault" rifles that are killing everybody. Cline pitches numbers from the FBI showing a nearly 30% increase in purchases of AR-15-style rifles between 2010-2014 yet, saw murders by those same rifles fall each year: "367 in 2010; 332 in 2011; 298 in 2012; 285 in 2013; and 248 in 2014."
"The data produce one inescapable conclusion," Cline states. "The entire premise for a new 'assault weapons' ban — that the proliferation of 'assault weapons' has led to unprecedented carnage — is completely untrue."
So shout if from the mountaintops: there is a lot of violence in the United States, Cline concedes, but America's love affair with guns isn't to blame, no matter how hard the media pushes that narrative.
Blog Author's Comments -- Gun sales in America are at an all time high thanks to Obama and the gun control fanatics. Every time Obama opens his mouth on gun control, gun sales go up. He is the best gun salesman ever. It's really remarkable that so many Americans own guns and have concealed carry permits because Obama has made them feel the need to prepare to defend themselves, their families, their property and their country. This is what a modern day militia looks like. Democrats operate with emotion over intellect, issues that drive elections, propaganda to control truth and, of course, out and out lies.
Facts do not matter to liberals or liberalism. It's a disease that has taken hold of way too many in the USA. Liberals always try to ban, confiscate, stop, or demonize anything that offends them or messes with their anti-American agenda. It's been going on for a long time. We do have the Second Amendment, unless Hillary Clinton is the next president and appoints more far left justices to the high court of the same type as Obama did. If that happens it will only affect the law-abiding citizens. The criminals and terrorists don't care what kind of gun laws we now have or are passed in the future by a leftist Supreme Court. They will always find the guns they want to carry out their crime and shootings.