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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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