We are already aware that within The United States of America their Constitution protects the individual with the right to bear arms even though the only definition of “arms” at that time was flintlock pistols, muskets and perhaps cannons. For some odd reason the citizens of the U.S.A. fail to accept this fact and have gone to such absurd extremes to include today all manner of weapons as “arms”. This is the direct responsibility of their government and lawmakers. It is difficult to obtain accurate facts with respect to the numbers of actual humans who are murdered every day by guns but I will present here what I can find.
GUN VIOLENCE in the United States
some Indicative Data:
GUN VIOLENCE in the UNITED STATES
Some Indicative Data:
The US has an estimated 283 million guns in civilian hands
Each year about 4.5 million firearms, including approximately 2 million handguns, are sold in the United States
An estimated 2 million second hand firearms are sold each year
The percentage of American households with a gun has been steadily declining (high of 54% in 1977 to 33% in 2009)
The average number of guns per owner has increased from 4.1 in 1994 to 6.9 in 2004.
Sources: Injury Prevention (2007); ATF (2000); National Opinion Research Center (2008); Pew Research Center (2009)
More than 30,000 people are killed by firearms each year in this country
More than 30 people are shot and murdered each day
1/2 of them are between the ages of 18 and 35
1/3 of them are under the age of 20
Homicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-24 year-olds
And the primary cause of death among African Americans of that age group
Gun Homicides (average annually):
Less than 50: Japan
Less than 150: Germany, Italy, France, etc.
Less than 200: Canada
More than 10,000: USA
Source: IANSA (International Action Network on Small Arms of the United Nations)
Injuries and Deaths from Guns
Every time a gun injures or kills in self-defense, one is used:
11 times for a completed or attempted suicide
7 times in a criminal assault or homicide
4 times in an unintentional shooting death or injury
Source: Journal of Trauma, injury, Infection and Critical Care (1998)
Per Capita Annual Gun Death Rate (per 100,000 population):
Highest: Louisiana (19.04, 45.6% households contain guns)
#25: Pennsylvania (10.90)
Lowest: CT, NY, New Jersey (4.99), RI, MA, Hawaii (2.20)
Source: Centers for Disease Control
Costs of Gun Violence
Gun violence impacts society in many ways: medical costs, costs of the criminal justice system, security precautions such as metal detectors, and reductions in the quality of life because of fear of gun violence.
U.S. lifetime medical costs for gunshot injuries total an estimated $2.3 billion
U.S. taxpayers pay for almost half ($1.1 billion or 49%) of lifetime medical costs for gunshot injuries
Guns Recovered from Crime
Only 1% of gun dealer account for almost 60% of crime guns recovered by police and later traced
In one year, at least 30,000 guns were “lost” out of gun dealers inventories
Guns with a short “time to crime” are disproportionately represented among crime guns. Guns manufactured and sold 3 years or less, prior to recovery by police in crime make up 34 % of recovered and traced crime guns, but only 14% of the US gun stock.
Guns sold as part of a multiple sale at a gun dealer were up to 64% more likely to be used in a crime than guns not part of such sales.
“No background check” sales account for an estimated 40% of gun sales in the U.S.
Sources: ATF (2000); Brady Center; National Institute of Justice (1993, 2007); Police Foundation (1997)
Distance From Legal Point of Purchase to Crime Recovery:
Within 10 miles
More than 100 miles
New York City
Source: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
Percent of Recovered Crime Guns First Legally Purchased In-State:
New Jersey: 27% (18% from PA)
New York: 28%
Source: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
Some Interesting Poll Data
77% of NRA members favor a waiting period for purchase of a handgun
82% of American support limiting the sales of military-style assault weapons
94% of police chiefs favor requiring a background check for all handgun sales.
Support for background checks on private gun sales, including gun shows:
87% of American
83% of gun owners
69% of NRA gun-owners
Support for limiting handgun sales to one per person per month:
65% of Americans
59% of gun owners
Support for registration of handguns
79% of Americans
69% of police chiefs
61% of gun owners
59% of NRA members
Sources: CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll (2008); Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research (2008); Mayors Against Illegal Guns (2009); National Opinion research Center (2003); American Journal of Preventative Medicine (2006); Violence & Victims (1993)
A “Mass Shooting” is defined as a single shooter who kills 4 or more people.
There are at least 4 mass shootings per week in the U.S.A. and the majority of them receive none or very little publicity.
Thus far in the U.S.A. for 2017 there has been 1 mass shooting per day. Read all about it here or below.
Report: U.S. averages nearly one mass shooting per day so far in 2017
Last Updated Oct 3, 2017 8:39 AM EDT By GRAHAM KATES CBS NEWS October 2, 2017, 1:42 PM
As thousands of concertgoers in Las Vegas fled a barrage of bullets fired from hundreds of feet away, and 32 floors up, Sunday night, the hundreds who were hurt or killed became the victims of the 273rd mass shooting in the U.S. this year.
Sunday was the 274th day of the year.
Those shootings have left more than 1,500 people injured, and more than 300 dead, according to the non-profit Gun Violence Archive, which tracks and catalogs incidents in which at least four people, not counting the shooter, are injured or killed in a shooting. These numbers include the Las Vegas attack, for which the total number of dead and injured is still being assessed.
The incidents, as they do every year, spanned the country, occurring in cities, rural communities and suburbs in nearly every state.
“This doesn’t stop, I have not had a vacation since 2013,” said Mark Bryant, who runs the Gun Violence Archive along with about 20 paid researchers and staffers, most of whom he says have master’s or higher-level degrees in library science and other research fields.
Police have identified Stephen Paddock as the gunman who opened fire on concertgoers from a hotel room in Las Vegas, killing at least 58 people and leaving 515 wounded in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Paddock, 64, began shooting from the window of his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino just after 10 p.m. local time Sunday evening, police said. A SWAT team found Paddock dead in his hotel room and suspect he killed himself. Police said Monday morning that Paddock had “at least 10 rifles” in the room; they later reported finding a total of 23 firearms.
In addition to being the 273rd mass shooting this year, the Las Vegas attack was the 18th mass murder — incidents in which at least four people, other than the shooter, were killed — cataloged by the Gun Violence Archive this year. The other deadly attacks left 83 dead and 13 wounded.
Fear, shame and lies is never a path for any Human to take or to use. There is no logical reason why any Human would want to own a machine gun. All factories that manufacture machine guns are well aware that they are manufacturing murder weapons because there is no other purpose for a machine gun other than to be used to kill humans. It is not intended to be used for hunting or to be used for cutting down trees or to hammer in nails. These factories should be getting sued by private citizens who have experienced their lives impacted by machine gun killings and yet they are protected from this by the United States government. Is the N.R.A. responsible for this protection?
We are aware that in reality there is no such thing as Terrorism because there is no such thing as honourable war. Perhaps it is time to begin looking within the United States itself for organizations that are impacting the public safety of so many for the advantage of so few? It is time to declare the National Rifle Association (N.R.A.) as a Terrorist Organization.
Sign this petition and protest until it is done.