Some fun facts:
- California enacted universal background checks in 1991. Texas did not and still hasn’t. Comparing the two states’ homicide rates from 1991 to 2018 shows that Texas’ rate fell more than California’s. (Source: FBI)
- Arizona eliminated the requirement to have a permit to carry a concealed handgun in 2010. From 2010 to 2018, Arizona’s homicide rate fell more than California’s. (Source: FBI)
- The Gun Violence Archive has reported 383 mass shootings in 2019 as of November 20. California leads the nation in the number of these incidents with 42, followed by Illinois at 40, Texas with 27, and Maryland with 20. Florida, the third largest state in the union, has had 16. (Source: Gun Violence Archive)
- Correcting for population, Maryland, Illinois, New Jersey, Connecticut, and California all have higher rates of mass shooting incidents per 100,000 population than Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico. (Source: Gun Violence Archive)
- The average annual use of rifles of all types in homicide has been slightly more than 20% lower since the expiration of the Assault Weapons Ban than it was during the time the ban was in effect. (Source: FBI)
- 548 people have been killed and 1,070 people have been wounded in mass shootings carried out by killers that passed background checks.(Source: Mother Jones)
From February 5–11, Marist conducted a survey commissioned by NPR and the PBS Newshour. The survey was focused on gun control measures.
The last question on the survey was: “From what you have read or heard, do you think, compared to 25 years ago, the per capita gun murder rate in the U.S. is higher, lower, or about the same?”
59% of participants said the rate had gone up; 23% said it had stayed the same.
Based on available information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the per capita gun murder rate in the U.S. fell more than 36%.
82% of those surveyed believed something that was demonstrably not true. Ironically, that’s about the same percentage that thought background checks were a good idea.