Gun Control? How about criminal control...
Each year, more children drown (source)
than are accidentally killed with a firearm (source).
According to the CDC, on average 2 children drown each day, that's about 730 a year. Most of those are in swimming pools According to the Children's Defense Org, less than 200 children a year are accidentally killed by hand guns. Time to ban swimming pools...
Isn’t it remarkable that States with the toughest gun control laws have the highest crime and homicide rate.
Switzerland which has no gun control laws, has the lowest crime and homicide rate in the world.
A shinning example of the real problem:
- 1993 – Edward Mitchell sentenced to six years for robbing and shooting his victim.
- 1995 – Mitchell paroled.
- 1996 (two months after being paroled) – Mitchell sentenced to 4 years for unlawful use of a weapon.
- 1997 – Mitchell paroled
- 1998 – Mitchell released on $15,000 bond after being charged with shooting at 3 rival gang members.
- 1999 – Mitchell shoots an 8-year-old girl to death. Bail set at $5 million.
Firearms and criminal justice statistics:
- Of the 108,580 persons released from prisons in 11 States in 1983, an estimated 62.5% were rearrested for a felony or serious misdemeanor within 3 years, 46.8% were reconvicted, and 41.4% returned to prison or jail.
- Of the 2,660 murders between 10/95 and 9/96, nearly 10% were sentenced to (only) probation and 7 people were fined. That's right, fined! (From above), those not release on probation received a median sentence of just five years (early release from that sentence not available but typically one third).
- More than 70% of violent Federal offenders had been sentenced in the past!
- 47% of Federal Firearm offenses were committed by people already banned from handguns! (see below) Of these more than half had two or more prior felony convictions.
- Washington, D.C. and Chicago which have banned handguns are among the top five U.S. cities with the highest homicide rates.
- Self Defense Statistics
Would more laws really matter?
The following classes of people are ineligible to possess, receive, ship, or transport firearms or ammunition:
- Those convicted of crimes punishable by imprisonment for over one year, except state misdemeanors punishable by two years or less.
- Fugitives from justice.
- Unlawful users of certain depressant, narcotic, or stimulant drugs.
- Those adjudicated as mental defectives or incompetents or those committed to any mental institution.
- Illegal aliens.
- Citizens who have renounced their citizenship.
- Those persons dishonorably discharged from the Armed Forces.
- Persons less than 18 years of age for the purchase of a shotgun or rifle.
- Persons less than 21 years of age for the purchase of a firearm that is other than a shotgun or rifle.
- Persons subject to a court order that restrains such persons from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner.
- Persons convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.
Right to Carry
31 states have Right To Carry laws. 127 million Americans nearly half the U.S. population, including 60% of handgun owners live in Right To Carry states. Twenty-two states have adopted Right To Carry laws since the mid-1980s; 19 states since 1995.
Additionally, 18 states adopted range protection measures (total, 29), five adopted preemption of local firearm ordinances (total, 42), four adopted "Instant Check" (total, 17), and two adopted hunter protection laws (total, 50). In 1998, Wisconsin voters approved a constitutional amendment protecting the right to arms, making theirs the 44th state to do so.
States with Right To Carry laws have lower violent crime rates. On average, they have a 24% lower total violent crime rate, a 19% lower homicide rate, a 39% lower robbery rate, and a 19% lower aggravated assault rate, compared to other states and the District of Columbia. The nine states with the lowest violent crime rates are all Right To Carry states. (Data: FBI)
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