Executive Gun Disorder: Firearm-Based Murder Rates Falling

Executive Gun Disorder: Firearm-Based Murder Rates Falling

Executive Gun Disorder: Firearm-Based Murder Rates Falling

And then a tear fell. President Obama, preaching his “sensibilities” as if the American people are ignorant, laid out his plan to curb “gun violence” through the use of executive orders. But what really is his goal here?

The president has to know that gun violence as a whole and murder by firearm rates are falling, not increasing, and that while the amount of legal guns in the United States are at historically high levels, the acts of violence have declined.

In fact, according to FBI statistics, in 2014 (the most recent year of complete statistics) there were 11,961 total murders in the United States. Out of that number, 8,124 people were killed by a firearm of some kind. The U.S. population in 2014 was about 318.9 million. In 2014, that gave you a 1 in 39,254.06 chance of being murdered by a gun in that year. Not too comforting if you were that person, I know. But considering those rates were much higher just 10 years earlier when the population was 292.8 million with 14,121 murdered, of which 9,326 were murdered by people using guns, giving you a 1 in 31,396.1 chance of being killed by a gun, it shows how far we’ve come — even with more guns in America.

Some of the biggest factors attributed to gun murders are socioeconomic in nature and are typically related to inner cities, as most of the victims of murder are young city dwelling men. However, the president didn’t address these issues.

 

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