You have decided to scare yourself. That’s about all there is to it. Then, in an effort to make your obsession seem normal, you have written about it and pronounced it a common affliction.
To be fair, it’s a bit difficult to avoid the obsession. You, like most Americans are inundated with media hysteria that is reinforced by people with an agenda.
There is no “epidemic” of gun violence. Looking at the 58 years from 1960 to 2017, there were only 12 years when the homicide rate was lower than was reported by the FBI for 2017. Five of those years were from 1960 to 1965; the other seven were from 2008 to 2015. In 2014 the homicide rate was the lowest reported for any year in the entire 58 years.
It’s worth mentioning that our “gun-obsessed” nation went on a multi-year buying spree that began in 2008 and ran through 2012. Gun store shelves were stripped; ammunition was being rationed and factories were running flat-out. Not only did homicide rates fall, rates of aggravated assault were down, as well.
If you were really concerned about violence, you would have been petrified during the Assault Weapons Ban. The average rate of combined homicide and and aggravated assault numbers from 1994 to 2004 was nearly 36% higher than the same average since the ban ended. It was even higher in the ten years prior to the ban.
Once again, these aren’t my numbers; they aren’t the NRA’s numbers: they are the numbers reported by the FBI.
In the first week of February 2019, NPR and the PBS Newshour commissioned a Marist poll that had a focus on gun control laws.
The last question in 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 those polled said the rate was higher; 23% said the rate was about the same. Only 12% said the rate was lower.
Since 2017 is the latest year for which we have national data, 25 years would cover the period from 1993 to 2017, including both beginning and ending years. Based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the gun murder rate fell more than 36% in that period. Once again, the average rate during the Assault Weapons Ban was higher than since the ban ended.
So, based on the survey, 82% of Americans are wrong.
Curiously, the NPR report on the survey didn’t mention the last question.
But that’s not really surprising; when was the last time you heard anyone but a gun control advocate on TV?
Please be honest with us, however. We know as well as you do that you would love to ban guns. Wouldn’t work (no ban ever has) so we have to resist.
Since we have done nothing wrong, we aren’t going to be shamed; we aren’t willing to yield — even to your obsession.