It's estimated there are 270,000,000 firearms held by private citizens in the US
Our military claims to have some 3,054,553
Law enforcement have 897,400
that's a lot of damn guns right?
In the United States, annual firearm homicides total
2008: 9,48410 7
That my friends is a tiny fraction compared to the 270,000,000 total number. let's also take note that while our population has grown the number of
gun related homacides has remained pretty steady, even dropping in the last few years.
Compared to the total
In the United States, annual homicides by any means total
1999: 12,6586 7
1997: 18,2088 7
Firearm related deaths are a fraction of the total number. so it would seem firearms are not the murders weapon of choice after all, imagine that?
In the United States, annual suicides by any means total
is a much bigger problem then is gun related deaths, but no one ever talks about that?
Still lets say you did stop all new guns sales. we still have 270,000,000 guns out there. say you asked people to turn their guns in? how many would
really do it 60% 50% my guess is it would be more like 15%
but lets just say you got half 50% would still leave 135,000,000 firearms out there. that still leaves both the military and cops out gunned by a very
Given the numbers above you might drop our nations homicide rate by a small percent, I say small because it's already a given that most homicides are
not gun related.
So what does all this mean?
Simply put firearms are not the cause of all our woes. Better education, Better job opportunities, heath care
esp mental health care. These would do far more good that another silly gun control law that will do nothing to slow down the bad guys in their
endeavor to cause harm.
Gun Control is not the answer! Better to focus on the underlying problems and not the media sensationalized crap that distracts from the real
Now that I've said my peace I'll get off for a while and take out my frustration in a more productive manner like starting a tickle fight with my
edit on 18-12-2012 by MajorMayhem because: (no reason given)