I decided to get some solid numbers on violent crime involving guns in the United States.
I needed to ask a few questions first, however.
1. What is the population of the United States?
Well according to the Population clock at the time of this post the population of the US is 318, 211, 445 and rising by one every 8 seconds.
2. What are the total number of homicides involving ALL firearms in the US according to the FBI?
The number is close to 8000 per year on average. These numbers are based on the 2011 statistical report, the most recent published number for such
statistics kept by the FBI.
What percentage does that leave us with within the population of the US?
If there was an epidemic of gun related violence of the type we are bombarded with on tv and other media, then such a phenomenon would have to conform
to the very definition of "epidemic". So my next question:
What does epidemic mean?
a widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a particular time.
"a flu epidemic"
synonyms: outbreak, plague, pandemic, epizootic More
a disease occurring in such a way.
a sudden, widespread occurrence of a particular undesirable phenomenon.
"an epidemic of violent crime"
synonyms: spate, rash, wave, eruption, outbreak, craze; More
of, relating to, or of the nature of an epidemic.
"shoplifting has reached epidemic proportions"
synonyms: rife, rampant, widespread, wide-ranging, extensive, pervasive
Now if we are to have an epidemic a large and disproportionate increase in such violence from current levels would have to occur.Which brings me to my
final question. Is that trend occurring?
According to Pew Social Trends.org
trend is not happening. Not only that, but has been steadily declining.
So we have a statistically insignificant rate of occurrence in violent crime related to guns, specifically murder, as well as a steady,continued, and
consistent downward trend in gun related homicides. So it does not seem like we have an epidemic.
So what the hell is going on? How can we square these numbers with what people believe is going on in the United States in relation to guns, gun
rights, and legislation efforts by gun control groups?
The answer, to me, is obvious. As many like to say on ATS, it is a classic 'problem, reaction, solution' dynamic taking place by the powers that be.
That being the media who is in the bag for the political establishment, the political establishment itself, and other conspirators involved in the
effort to systematically disarm Americans.
Why? Because armed Americans are a threat to the global order the ruling elite are attempting to create. They use crime as an excuse and the media as
a means to inflate the issue beyond its reality to get it done. These numbers tell the story.
Stay armed, my friends
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