My essay on Gun Violence in America

Big fuckin FRAT warning. I worked on this for a few hours today, and it is still a work in progress.

 

Every year there are roughly 30,000 gun related deaths in America. Of this total number, a gigantic two thirds are suicides. Yes, that is correct, 20,000 deaths a year attributed to gun violence are actually suicide with 85% of the victims being Males with more than half of those being over the age of 45. The remaining 10,000 deaths a year in total are homicides, which include self defense shootings, police shootings, accidental and murder. The majority of these shootings are young men under the age of 30 of which two thirds are black. The remaining deaths are accidents or of undetermined classification. The one factor in these 30,000 deaths are guns, however the causes are all significantly different. That means there are different solutions to each of these issues. Using the previous statistics, there are roughly 8000 gun related murders a year in America. Of that number, a small fraction are a part of the "Mass Shooting" catagory in which there are more than 4 people shot, not killed. Just to give you another point of comparison, there were roughly 3500 drowning deaths last year; 47,000 deaths related to drug overdoses; 32,000 car accident deaths; and a staggering 610,000 related to heart disease.
According to studies done by various organizations, rifles such as the AR15 were attributed to roughly 350 gun related deaths last year which include justifiable homicides such as self defense and police shootings. Just to give you some sense of comparison, there were 400 cases of murder last year that were attributed to objects such as hammers and baseball bats and a similar amount to bare knuckles. 
There are an estimated 310 Million guns in circulation in America owned by roughly 100 Million Americans. Of the 100 Million gun owning Americans, 5 Million own at least one AR15. It is arguably one of the most popular firearms ever put into civilian circulation, with uses ranging from Hunting, Sport Shooting, and Self Defense. Contrary to popular belief the AR15 is not a high powered rifle as it actually falls into the "intermediate" catagory. Your grandpas 30.06 is magnitudes more powerful than an AR, more accurate, and is capable of bringing down much larger game. The AR15 is no more dangerous than any other semi-automatic rifle on the market, for example the Ruger Mini 14 shoots the same caliber, holds the same number of rounds, and is just as easy to use but does not get the bad press that the AR15 does.
Often after tragic events such as the Parkland shooting, the knee jerk reaction is restriction of firearms including banning certain makes, enacting stricter background checks, not allowing certain people to purchase firearms, and raising the age to purchase a firearm. I will try to address these now.
After the Assault Weapons ban in 1994 crime actually increased. In 2003, the Task Force on Community Preventive Services, an independent, non-federal task force, examined an assortment of firearms laws, including the AWB, and found "insufficient evidence to determine the effectiveness of any of the firearms laws reviewed for preventing violence". A 2004 critical review of firearms research by a National Research Council committee said that an academic study of the assault weapon ban "did not reveal any clear impacts on gun violence outcomes". The committee noted that the study's authors said the guns were used criminally with relative rarity before the ban and that its maximum potential effect on gun violence outcomes would be very small. In 2004, a research report submitted to the United States Department of Justice and the National Institute of Justice found that should the ban be renewed, its effects on gun violence would likely be small, and perhaps too small for reliable measurement, because rifles in general, including rifles referred to as "assault rifles" or "assault weapons", are rarely used in gun crimes.
Currently, background checks are run through the FBI's NCIC  background check system. The system itself is remarkably accurate and was created to "Fail Safe", meaning if there is any doubt that a person entered into the system should be allowed to purchase, the system will give a "DELAYED" response code which will trigger a follow up investigation on the State and Federal level. The system works 100% of the time as long as the information entered into the system is accurate. One example is the Church shooter. He was dishonerably discharged from the Air Force some years back. A dishonerable discharge automatically disqualifies you from legally purchasing a firearm, however this information was never given to the FBI. "Texas church killer Devin Patrick Kelley never should have been able to buy his assault rifle," military brass admitted Monday — acknowledging that the Air Force failed to tell the FBI he had been court-martialed for domestic violence. The NCIC system also links up to various state level mental health databases. If a person has ever been adjudicated mentally defective and the adjudication was properly reported there is virtually no chance of their background checks being approved. In the case of Nikolas Cruz, his issues were never properly reported even after numerous legal issues.
 

One issue that I am on the fence on is increasing the age at which you can buy a firearm. On the one hand I do agree that 18 year olds are by and large very immature in todays society. On the other hand, there are millions of kids every year who grow up in rural areas that are taught from a very young age to respect firearms. That being said, if you want to raise the age of purchase from 18-21 I will support it, as long as you also raise the voting age to 21 and the age at which you can be drafted into the military to 21.

 

With these statistics in mind do you feel it is fair for 100 Million law abiding, gun owning Americans to be blamed for the actions of a few? When a Muslim extremist commits a terrible act do we quickly blame an entire race for the actions of a few? The majority of firearms used violent crime are illegaly owned and obtained, but I will get more into that later in my rant. That being said, 99.999% of law abiding citizens did not use their firearms during the commision of a crime. If you look at the statistics of crimes commited by people who have concealed carry permits they are very far below the national average. For example, the state of Texas has 1.2 Million people who have active concealed carry permits. Of those 1.2 Million people, only 18 were convicted of violent crimes between 2015 and 2016. Florida has almost 1.8 million active permit holders, of which only .02% have commited any sort of crime since the right-to-carry law was enacted in 1988. After Florida passed their carry laws, the crime rate plumetted from 36% above the national average to 4% below. States which do not allow carry of firearms have 11% higher violent crime rates than the national average. In Florida, a state that has allowed concealed carry since late 1987, you are twice as likely to be attacked by an alligator as by a person with a concealed carry permit. In Texas, concealed carry holders are 7.6 times less likely to be arrested for a violent crime.

 

So what do we do about the remaining gun violence? Its easy to point the finger at guns  but in reality there are many social issues at play. As callous as this may sound, school shootings and mass shootings are a statistical non issue.  They absolutely are tragedies when they occur and the Parkland shooting hit me very close to home as I lived only minutes away, went to a neighboring school, and have friends who have kids that go to the school.

If you look at gun violence from a high level, the vast majority of gun crime is Drug and Gang related. There are many factors that play into this however it has been commonly accepted that the war on drugs has been the biggest driving factor behind drug related crime. Ending the war on drugs would have immediate and significant long term affects on gun fatalities across the board. The most immediate of these would result from reducing the number of people who are imprisoned for victimless crimes, thereby drastically reducing the number of children who grow up in single parent households. According to some studies, roughly 73% of black households are single parent. It is proven that when there is no father in childrens lives, it greatly reduces the kids chances of success in life, and this goes for every race. 

 

Currently, 46% of our federal prison populations consists of non-violent drug offenders, while a massive 70% of gang members grow up in broken homes. Even if only 5% of those who are currently imprisoned for drug crimes return to have a positive impact on their families, that’s over 100,000 fewer recruits for gangs across the country.

Ending the war on drugs would significantly reduce the overall firearm violence rate. Since the beginning of the year, there have been 60 people killed in chicago, and 249 wounded. The vast majority of these murders are drug and gang related. In 2017, there were 343 people killed in the city of Baltimore, of which 88% were killed with a firearm. Of that 88% 295 were killed by pistols and six with either shotgun or rifle with the vast majority being illegally possesed. 33% of these killings were robbery related, and roughly 30% drug and gang related.

 

 

 
Simply put, law abiding citizens with legally owned firearms are not the problem we are facing, AR15s are not the problem we are facing. You cannot take away the rights of over 100 Million firearm owners over the actions of a few thousand criminals who do not follow the rule of law. You cannot legistlate away crime without looking at and trying to fix the root causes and societal issues that cause the crime.
 

Didnt read

That was horrible.  

Should've started with the last paragraph... and ended with it, too.

So how'd the new rifle shoot ? Oh and good frat.

Good read, thanks for sharing. 

Unfortunately, I'm reminded of the old saying:

"For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don't believe, no proof is possible."

People anymore tend to overwhelmingly fall into one camp or the other and are extremely resistant to either seeing another point of view or accepting that their firmly held belief might be wrong. 

I applaud your trying, I hope you never give up the fight. I also hope some of the more obstinate fools here take the time to read the whole thing. 

DavidYorkshire -


" trying to fix the root causes and societal issues that cause the crime."



 



What if, once the subject is investigated, it is concluded that the root cause is simply having hundreds of millions of guns around with all the varieties of people there are to access them. 



Its no good just to look at the law-abiding and sane people and point to them as though proof that things can work out.  If you are seriously considering the issue you have to start with the presumption that in any large country there will be all manner of crazies, evil, poverty-stricken, criminal and messed up people.  As there has been all through history.   That is the place to start.



It is not clear that the root causes are fixable.  What would do then?



 



 

Fuck off limey.

DavidYorkshire -


" trying to fix the root causes and societal issues that cause the crime."



 



What if, once the subject is investigated, it is concluded that the root cause is simply having hundreds of millions of guns around with all the varieties of people there are to access them. 



Its no good just to look at the law-abiding and sane people and point to them as though proof that things can work out.  If you are seriously considering the issue you have to start with the presumption that in any large country there will be all manner of crazies, evil, poverty-stricken, criminal and messed up people.  As there has been all through history.   That is the place to start.



It is not clear that the root causes are fixable.  What would do then?



 



 

You faggots can't have butter knives in your house or post disparaging shit on the internet without getting arrested. 

No country needs advice from your country or anyone in it.