Gun-grabbers love to tout the fact that almost 30,000 people are killed each year by others using firearms. This certainly is a tragedy, but it has to be put into perspective with other relevant facts and figures.
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CNS News reported on the CDC numbers in 2013:
Self-defense can be an important crime deterrent,”says a report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The $10 million study was commissioned by President Barack Obama as part of 23 executive orders he signed in January .
“Studies that directly assessed the effect of actual defensive uses of guns (i.e., incidents in which a gun was ‘used’ by the crime victim in the sense of attacking or threatening an offender) have found consistently lower injury rates among gun-using crime victims compared with victims who used other self-protective strategies,” the CDC study, entitled “Priorities For Research to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-Related Violence,” states.
“Most felons report obtaining the majority of their firearms from informal sources,” adds the report, while “stolen guns account for only a small percentage of guns used by convicted criminals.”
Researchers also found that the majority of firearm deaths are from suicide, not homicide. “Between the years 2000 and 2010, firearm-related suicides significantly outnumbered homicides for all age groups, annually accounting for 61 percent of the more than 335,600 people who died from firearm-related violence in the United States.”
African American males are most affected by firearm-related violence, with “32 per 100,000” deaths. Risk factors and predictors of violence include income inequality, “diminished economic opportunities . . . high levels of family disruption” and “low levels of community participation.”
The report expresses uncertainty about gun control measures, stating that “whether gun restrictions reduce firearm-related violence is an unresolved issue,” and that there is no evidence “that passage of right-to-carry laws decrease or increase violence crime.” It also stated that proposed “gun turn-in programs are ineffective.”
This is not from the NRA, this is a study that was commissioned by President Obama himself, and these are the numbers directly from the Obama CDC study.
The federalistpapers claim this as a huge boost for gun rights advocates saying:
The truth is on our side, and we need to inform ourselves and others about it if we are to properly protect the Second Amendment so that we can protect ourselves and our families.
“The gun-grabbing propaganda is simply that: propaganda. It is not truth. When we use numbers and facts against them, they have nothing left to say but “You’re a racist” or something along those lines. Why? Because they have lost the argument and they know it.”