When the widely touted cure will do absolutely nothing to address the problem, I find it wise to be skeptical.

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Based on the preponderance of evidence, Mr. Glaze’s comments are applicable to more than just mass shootings.

I just compiled the FBI’s state-by-state homicide count and homicide rate data for 2017.

Looking at the states, based on each one’s restrictions on firearms, firearm sales, firearm transfers, which I already know, there is absolutely no correlation between gun laws, gun transfer controls and the homicide rates.

The District of Columbia has the highest rate in the nation. The four states with the lowest rates are all “Constitutional Carry” states, which means they not only do not have any restrictions other than those imposed on licensed dealers by the federal government, they don’t require a permit to carry a concealed handgun.

Delaware probably has the lowest rate of gun ownership outside of Washington, D.C. It has universal background checks and its homicide rate is slightly above the national average.

Idaho has one of the highest rates of gun ownership, well over 50% of households have one or more guns. It’s a Constitutional Carry state and its homicide rate is almost 65% lower than the national average.

On the other hand, Louisiana has a fair number of gun owners, no real restrictions other than a requirement to have a state-issued permit to carry a concealed handgun. Its homicide rate is 2.3 times the national average; it’s right behind the District. Oregon, has universal background checks and other state restrictions. It has a fair number of citizen “militia” and outspoken gun owners. Last November, eight counties voted to become “sanctuary counties” and deny the use of county personnel, money or other resources to enforce laws the county sheriff believes are unconstitutional. Oregon’s homicide rate is 52.7% lower than the U.S. rate.

I am actually a bit offended by your glib dismissal. For some unfathomable reason, you equate my fairly-well-considered opinion that useless gun laws are just that, useless, with some cockamamie idea that my failure to embrace said useless gun laws is an approval of homicide.

The U.S. may not be as openly at war as Yemen, but make no mistake that there are small-scale wars going on here. Especially in the larger cities where gangs and drugs fuel violence. In 2017, the chief of the Los Angeles Police Department said that two-thirds of the homicides in that city were gang-related.

A Department of Justice report released in January covered a study involving 560,000 state and federal prison inmates. More than 88% of the inmates said they got their guns completely outside of normal channels. About 9% said they bought them from licensed dealers and passed background checks. Only about 1.2% said they got their guns at a gun show or flea market.

I don’t approve of homicide and I darn sure don’t approve of futile laws that do nothing at all about it.

Professional writer. Passionately interested in facts. Founder of onewordtexas.org

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