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Letter: We should know the truth about gun violence

Why have I not seen this report in any of our local newspapers? This report is from the May 2013 report by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics. Here are some excerpts:

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Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2013 12:00 am

Why have I not seen this report in any of our local newspapers? This report is from the May 2013 report by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics. Here are some excerpts:

  • Firearm-related homicides declined 39 percent, from 18,253 in 1993 to 11,101 in 2011.
  • Nonfatal firearm crimes declined 69 percent, from 1.5 million victimizations in 1993 to 467,300 victimizations in 2011.
  • About 70 percent to 80 percent of firearm homicides and 90 percent of nonfatal firearm victimizations were committed with a handgun from 1993 to 2011.
  • From 2007 to 2011, less than 1 percent of victims in all nonfatal violent crimes reported using a firearm to defend themselves during the incident.
  • In 2004, among state prison inmates who possessed a gun at the time of offense, fewer than 2 percent bought their firearm at a flea market or gun show, about 10 percent bought it from a retail store or pawnshop, 37 percent obtained it from family or friends, and another 40 percent obtained their firearm from an illegal source.
  • The number of homicides at schools declined over time, from an average of 29 per year in the 1990s (school year 1992-93 to 1999-00) to an average of 20 per year in the 2000s (school year 2000-01 to 2009-10)
  • From 1993-1997, of serious nonfatal violent victimizations, 28 percent were committed with a firearm, 4 percent were committed with a firearm and resulted in injury, and less than 1 percent resulted in gunshot wounds.

It would seem that the liberal media might not want the general public to know the truth of gun violence.

David O’Connor

Lodi

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12 comments:

  • Steve Schmidt posted at 7:28 am on Thu, Aug 29, 2013.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2372

    Nope, I am just saying that, given your history, you should be permanently banned from claiming that anything is a "fact".

    If the alleged "fact" is in fact factual, seeing it printed in your hand will give people familiar with your posts here the false impression that it is, in fact, false. On the other hand, if the alleged "fact" is in fact a lie (like 99.999% of the alleged "facts" that you post) it might mislead a causal reader who is unaware of your mental issues and complete lack of credibility.

     
  • Andrew Liebich posted at 7:08 am on Wed, Aug 28, 2013.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    Mr. Schmidt, I am NOT "misleading" anyone. Are you honestly suggesting that the 112th Congress and the FBI's own crime statistics aren't factual? http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/cpquery/?&r_n=hr277.112&dbname=cp112&&sel=TOC_10311

     
  • Andrew Liebich posted at 11:47 am on Mon, Aug 26, 2013.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    States that allow registered citizens to carry concealed weapons have lower crime rates than those that don’t.
    [sleeping]

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 9:13 am on Mon, Aug 26, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Good catch, Mr. Barrow.

    If guns are outlawed, 60% of the criminals who commit crimes with guns will be out of luck.

    Does this 2004 figure on "state prison inmates" mean all 50 states? Or just California?

    These "excerpts" seem to have been randomly chosen to (in the letter writer's mind, at least) to show that no further gun control legislation is needed.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 8:57 am on Mon, Aug 26, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Despite my allergy to youtube, I may just check this out.

    Thanks for the info, Mr. Chang. You are right on the ball this weekend!

     
  • Walter Chang posted at 10:07 am on Sun, Aug 25, 2013.

    Walt Posts: 1117

    "liberal media"

    David O’Connor is a Personal Defense Instructor. That's according to his own Youtube channel (limitededition4209).

    He has 13 videos posted, please check out the videos called "Shotgun 101". Made at the Sacramento Valley Shooting Center (aka Ione Gun Club).

    In them, David instructs his "students" on how to load, quickly empty, reload and quickly empty again, a 12 gauge pump shotgun.

    The videos labeled "part 2" and "part 3", feature the students, his fine looking sons, taking their turns repeating the instructor's "lessons" perfectly.

    Blowing apart the guns club's target stands and wasting ammo seems to be the video series high point.

    Personally, I don't think David really knows how to shoot!!

    And after watching the video "Roscoe vs Goliath - Pitbulls N Action" he doesn't really need too??

    But at least, David is one "anti-gun legislation blogger" who actually owns a gun!!

    [smile]

     
  • Eric Barrow posted at 2:29 pm on Sat, Aug 24, 2013.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1508

    "In 2004, among state prison inmates who possessed a gun at the time of offense...... 40 percent obtained their firearm from an illegal source.

    So 60 % of prison inmates who possessed a gun at time of offense obtained their firearm from a legal source?

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 10:40 am on Sat, Aug 24, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Maybe this is the letter writer's case for the availability of more assault stye weapons?

    No use pondering the mindset of those who would have the government "pry their guns from their cold, dead hands," rather than submit to more extensive background checks.

    A surprise, surprise! The NRA has the largest and most extensive collection of data on gun owners in the US - even the NSA is envious!

     
  • Eric Barrow posted at 10:33 am on Sat, Aug 24, 2013.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1508

    "From 1993-1997, of serious nonfatal violent victimizations, 28 percent were committed with a firearm, 4 percent were committed with a firearm and resulted in injury, and less than 1 percent resulted in gunshot wounds."

    Not sure why theses particular four years are being used but what I would really like to know is what percent of fatal violent victimizations resulted from gunshot wounds

     
  • Eric Barrow posted at 10:28 am on Sat, Aug 24, 2013.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1508

    "About 70 percent to 80 percent of firearm homicides and 90 percent of nonfatal firearm victimizations were committed with a handgun from 1993 to 2011."

    Am I missing something, why is this a good argument for less gun control?

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 8:46 am on Sat, Aug 24, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Ooooh - fantastic!! A whole NINE less homicides per year at schools.

    That's what I call PROGRESS!!

    Talk about shooting yourself in the foot...What the letter writer failed to mention in his diatribe of DOJ statistics were the three major pieces of gun control legislation enacted in the 1990's...And GEE...I wonder if these had anything at all to do with the decrease in gun related incidents.

    The Crime Control Act
    The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act
    The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act (otherwise known as the Assault Weapons Ban).

    But I guess reporting FACTS to gun fanatics is like trying to explain the sky to a fish.

     
  • Andrew Liebich posted at 8:04 am on Sat, Aug 24, 2013.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    Reporting facts to most liberals is like trying to explain the sky to a fish.

     

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