In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school massacre last December, President Obama issued an Executive Order to the CDC to study and research the effect of gun violence on American society, clearly an effort to use those findings, and the heightened emotional state of millions of Americans, to push for further controls on guns.
What a mistake that was. The Obama-ordered study effectively destroys the president’s own gun control push. It found:
Gun violence is on the decline
Despite highly publicized gun-related crimes pushed by our media, numbers show that gun violence is on the decline over the past 5 years: “Overall crime rates have declined in the past decade, and violent crimes, including homicides specifically, have declined in the past 5 years,” the report said. Not only that, but gun accidents are down as well. “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.”
Defensive gun use is a “common occurrence”
Guns are used more often by law-abiding citizens in defense of their lives and property rather than in the commission of a crime. “Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals,” said the report. It also found that those who used guns to defend themselves suffered far fewer injuries than those who attempted to defend themselves with objects or fists. “Studies that directly assessed the effect of actual defensive uses of guns (i.e., incidents in which a gun was ‘used’ by the crime victim in the sense of attacking or threatening an offender) have found consistently lower injury rates among gun-using crime victims compared with victims who used other self-protective strategies.”
Hand guns are used in crimes far more than “assault weapons”
Although so-called “assault weapons” are generally the target of the typical gun control advocate (that’s you, Diane Feinstein), the report found that hand guns are used in far more crimes than assault weapons. Among violent crimes, hand guns are used in nearly 90% of them. Why? Because they are easily concealable, of course. Thus, even if you do buy into so-called gun control and weapon bans, the majority of the weapon bans in effect today do not effect the type of guns that are used in the large majority of violent crime.
Suicides account for the majority of gun-related deaths
Despite the rhetoric of politicians, guns are more likely to be used in suicides than in the commission of a crime. 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 study found. Gun control proponents rarely point out that the so-called “gun violence” statistics used in the formulation of disarmament legislation includes suicides, which is not considered offensive gun use.
More guns do not lead to more crime
Contrary to a common argument from gun control advocates, more guns on the street do not lead to an increase in crime. FBI reports have proven this for years, and the CDC study is no exception. Although gun sales have increased over the past 5 years, “overall crime rates have declined in the past decade, and violent crimes, including homicides specifically, have declined in the past five years.”
Guns used in crimes come from family, friends and the underground
The report found that 70% of guns used in the commission of a crime came from “family or friends, drug dealers, street purchases, or the underground market.” A very small percentage of guns were stolen before the crime. This means guns used in crimes were very likely to have been legally obtained, reinforcing how little gun controls effect our nation’s violent crime.
What does all this mean?
The study suggests that mental health is the true problem and a significant cause of gun violence – and often inflicted on one’s self. Similar to the arguments made by Obama’s opposition, it is not the availability of guns, the so-called “gun show loophole”, dangerous assault weapons or magazine capacities that is the problem. These are nothing but easy-to-argue (but hard to prove) talking points designed to put together an easily-digestible gun control package for Americans to swallow.
Do not expect Obama to make light of this study. It helps to prove that the majority of gun control laws in this nation are entirely meaningless, but does reinforce the importance of improving our mental health facilities.