Atlanta, GA: The CDC data reveals that states with ‘constitutional carry’ laws actually have lower total and gun related homicides than the states that do not. The proof is in the numbers.
And that is what happens when law-abiding citizens are allowed to properly defend themselves.
In September of last year, Texas joined twenty other states that authorized a permit-less, aka ‘constitutional carry’ of certain handguns.
Although certain states that allow ‘constitutional carry’ have varying degrees of laws associated with who and how a person can carry a firearm (i.e. must be a resident, meet age requirements, etc.), the number of states with ‘constitutional carry’ has risen to 25.
Now half of American states allow eligible citizens to carry at least a handgun without a permit.
Gun advocates have been given more reason to celebrate as the slowly growing number of carry states is viewed as a major second amendment victory.
But not everyone is pleased.
Anti-gun nuts, or should we say, advocates, quickly and without good cause typically denounce any type of increased freedoms for the right to carry.
One such person is Ari Frielich, state policy director for the Gifford’s Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
In a recent column written by Konstadinos Moros in the Truth About Guns website, he wrote about Frielich’s misguided opinions, Moros wrote what Frielich said:
“The research is clear that flooding public spaces with more hidden loaded guns in more hands makes them less safe. It turns more arguments, road rage incidents, and fistfights into shootings, more injuries into burials, and it can create a civilian arms race in communities most impacted by violence.”
Frielich is one of a handful of anti-gun advocates who, according to the CDC now, mistakenly believe the open carry states lead to more violence and crime.
The ‘others’ include celebrities, professional athletes, and left leaning politicians who think more guns equal more violence.
But it does not.
Moros, the writer of the column in the Truth About Guns website, is also an attorney in Long Beach, California, for Michel & Associates. They regularly represent the California Rifle and Pistol Organization in litigation matters to further the second amendment rights.
Moros also compiled the exact numbers to showcase the CDC’s findings.
According to the column, he stated:
“Fortunately, the CDC provides very detailed statistics on public health, including data on underlying causes of death, so we can check. The statistics are reported online through the CDC’s WONDER tool, an acronym which stands for ‘Wide-ranging ONline Data for Epidemiologic Research.’ All of the data I am about to discuss can be found through that tool.”
“The overall US homicide rate was 7.5 per 100,000 in 2020, and the gun-related homicide rate was 5.9 per 100,000. Here is the data for each of the 16 states that were constitutional carry in 2020:
- Alaska – 7.5 homicides per 100,000; 3.7 gun-related homicides per 100,000.
- Arizona – 7.1 homicides per 100,000; 5.1 gun-related homicides per 100,000.
- Arkansas – 12.2 homicides per 100,000; 9.3 gun-related homicides per 100,000.
- Idaho – 2.3 homicides per 100,000; 1.4 gun-related homicides per 100,000.
- Kansas – 6.7 homicides per 100,000; 5.5 gun-related homicides per 100,000.
- Kentucky – 9.0 homicides per 100,000; 7.6 gun-related homicides per 100,000.
- Maine – 1.6 homicides per 100,000; 1.1 gun-related homicides per 100,000.
- Mississippi – 19.4 homicides per 100,000; 16.8 gun-related homicides per 100,000.
- Missouri – 13.1 homicides per 100,000; 11.1 gun-related homicides per 100,000.
- New Hampshire – 1.0 homicides per 100,000; no gun-related homicide data provided.
- North Dakota – 3.9 homicides per 100,000; 2.2 gun-related homicides per 100,000.
- Oklahoma – 8.6 homicides per 100,000; 6.8 gun-related homicides per 100,000.
- South Dakota – 5.8 homicides per 100,000; 2.9 gun-related homicides per 100,000.
- Vermont – 2.2 homicides per 100,000; no gun-related homicide data provided.
- West Virginia – 6.4 homicides per 100,000; 4.9 gun-related homicides per 100,000.
- Wyoming – 4.3 homicides per 100,000; 3.1 gun-related homicides per 100,000.”
With those statistics now part of CDC’s reporting numbers, the conclusion is clear.
To be fair and impartial, the statistics includes ‘constitutional carry’ states that have very high homicide rates, like Mississippi and Missouri.
The bottom line is the sixteen states listed above was 6.9 homicides per 100,000, lower than the national average of 7.5 homicides per 100,000.
Moros added in his column that:
“Perhaps more surprisingly, constitutional carry states also saw a lower gun-related homicide rate: 5.3 per 100,000, compared to the national figure of 5.9 per 100,000.”
The CDC stats prove what we already know- an effective way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
We just need the democrats to understand that.
Liberals are targeting the wrong gun crowd.
While liberals want to punish law-abiding gun owners, they ignore the fact that countless existing gun laws are not prosecuted
Posted June 6, 2022
The following includes editorial content which is the opinion of the writer, a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.
For all the bloviating Joe Biden, Congressional Democrats, and the leftist media to about gun crime, they ignore probably the most important factor…failure of the criminal justice system to do their job and prosecute gun crimes.
Liberals always focus on the instruments used but fail to focus on who is using those instruments. They automatically start screeching about gun control, “weapons of war,” “universal background checks,” and the lie that gun manufacturers are free from liability.
None of these factors in general have anything to do with the spate of gun violence. Thy always focus on legal gun owners while ignoring the fact that a majority of gun crimes involved firearms not purchased legally.
For example, according to a Department of Justice report, only two percent of criminals in possession of a firearm at the time of their crime purchased those guns from a gun store. Moreover, we continuously hear about the so-called “gun show loophole,” yet according to the DOJ, only 0.8% of criminals got their firearms at a gun show.
The New York Post reports that the shooter in Uvalde, Texas, who gunned down nineteen children and two teachers at an elementary school in that community, bought his guns from a licensed retailer, clearly a statistical outlier. In addition, the shooter underwent a background check, which he passed. What makes liberals think that making background checks “universal” across the US would have a different outcome?
As the Post reports, firearms obtained at gun shows or purchased from licensed gun dealers are statistically non-factors in shootings across the U.S.
So what of those criminals who are arrested for gun crimes? Statistically, a majority of crime in the U.S. is committed by recidivist criminals. Statistics show that inmates in state custody average ten arrests and five convictions on their rap sheets. When we talk about violent crime, however—murder in particular—most of those are committed by experienced criminals with long arrest records.
Take New York City, for example. Over 80 percent of those arrested for murder in the Big Apple have prior arrest records, as do about 80 percent of the victims. That would seem to indicate gang affiliations. The Post notes most of these criminals have at least one prior conviction, and in a number of cases, a prior conviction for a violent crime.
In the Windy City of Chicago, 87 percent of killers have police records, with an average of twelve prior arrests by the time they are nabbed for murder. Meanwhile in Baltimore, the average killer has 9.3 prior arrests, while a third of the murderers are on probation when they commit their killings.
With that in mind, one might think that these cities have a rather robust rate of incarceration for gun crimes, right? Wrong.
In New York, for instance, the NYPD Lieutenant’s Benevolent Association said earlier this year that based on NYPD data, police in the Big Apple arrested 4,456 people on gun charges last year. Prosecutors dismissed over one-fourth, dismissing 1,200 cases out-of-hand, out right refusing to prosecute them.
At the end of the year, 1,784 cases remained open, however out of that number, only 711 resulted in a criminal conviction, or around sixteen percent, taken care of for the most part in plea deals, with only one conviction resulting from a criminal trial.
So here you have politicians, including New York Gov. Kathy Hochul railing about gun crime and threatening to implement more draconian gun control measures, yet in the largest city in the country, only one person was convicted at trial on gun charges. But let’s punish legal gun owners. The above statistic was slammed by the NYPD lieutenant’s union.
“You tell me where they’re taking gun violence seriously,” said LBA president Lou Turco.
If it were only New York City that would be one thing, however that is hardly the case. About 100 or so miles southwest lies Philadelphia, home of incompetent far-left district attorney Larry Krasner.
In Philly, a criminal is twice as likely to have his gun case dismissed there as they were six years ago. According to Krasner’s office, only 30 percent of gun cases were dismissed or withdrawn back in 2016, however under Krasner, that number has doubled to 60 percent.
These aren’t minor crimes…they are specifically gun crimes. In 2016, gun cases ended up either in a guilty plea or court conviction, however by last year, that number declined to 36 percent.
In other words, if you’re scumbag in Philadelphia actually charged with a gun crime in Philly, you have a two-out-of-three chance of walking out the door a free man. Conversely six years ago, you would likely be convicted.
The common denominator in New York and Philadelphia? They are both run by Democrats. That is also the case in Chicago, long considered the murder and crime capital of the US. Now, the Chicago Police Department is doing their job—according to the Post, they seize a lot of guns.
According to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, run by another far-leftist Kim Foxx, they make a priority out of gun cases. Despite those claims however, the number of gun offenders who actually go to jail in the Windy City is declining.
Five measly years ago, 71 percent of criminals convicted in Cook County of Class 4 felony firearms possession were sent up the river and incarcerated. Only two years later, that number nosedived to 35 percent. As with Philadelphia, dirtbags arrested for gun crimes in Cook County have a two-out-of-three chance of avoiding jail. That statistic comes from the Center for Criminal Justice Research, Policy and Practice at Loyola (CCJRPP).
So, while Illinois makes it a nightmare for federal firearms dealers and their customers to conduct legal transactions—otherwise known as legal gun owners—the state has made existing gun laws virtually impotent due to failure to prosecute gun crimes and making more offenders eligible for probation instead of jail time, the Post reports.
As with New York City, an overwhelming majority—over 80 percent of those arrested on gun charges—had a prior criminal arrest, with between one-half to two-thirds of them for violent crimes, according to CCJRPP. Out of that number, half had previously been convicted of a felony, with 25 percent of those being violent felonies.
In Illinois, the clearance rate for gun crimes not including murder is under 33 percent, which compared to some other jurisdictions shockingly isn’t that bad.
Surely the feds are doing much better, right? Not so much. In the United States, any felon arrested with a firearm is guilty of a felony under federal law, with a felon-in-possession charge carrying a potential 10-year prison sentence.
However the results bely those threatened sentences. In practice, very few felons with guns serve ten years in prison because the feds rarely prosecute such cases unless the arresting agency is federal. Statistically, only between 6,000 to 7,000 of such cases are prosecuted federally every year, which amounts to about half the number of illegal guns removed from Chicago streets in a given year.
Things are not much better in Texas, albeit again in a Democrat-run city, this time Houston. In that city, 113 of 407 people arrested on capital murder charges between 2016 and 2021 were set free on bail, with 27 percent of that number being arrested for another crime while they were out on bail awaiting their capital murder trials.
Now to be sure, some licensed gun dealers do occasionally get caught committing crimes, most often so-called “straw buying.” In essence, that is when someone with a clean record makes a firearm purchase for someone who is not legally capable of doing so. Now one might think that since Congressional Democrats moan and whine about such practices, they are aggressively prosecuted, correct? They are not, either in local or federal jurisdictions.
For the ten-year period between 2007 and 2017, Chicago made 27,000 arrests for illegal possession of a firearm, however only 142 arrests for illegal gun sales, including straw buying, over the course of that entire decade.
For all the whining, bellyaching, and grousing Democrats engage in about the spate of gun violence in the country, they are looking in the wrong direction. This isn’t about the NRA, AR-15s, 9mm handguns or law-abiding Americans. This is about DAs such as Krasner, Foxx, Gascon and dozens of others failing to do their jobs.
Looking for firearms reform? How about prosecution reform? And how about holding habitual criminals responsible for their crimes and putting them in jail where they belong?
That stats are clear.
Do stricter gun laws really translate into fewer mass murders? Data shows that’s not even remotely the case.
Posted May 28, 2022
UNITED STATES- In an article at The Liberty Daily, J.D. Rucker cites and discusses several reasons why cities, states, and countries with strict gun control laws actually do not have fewer mass murders.
Its really very simple.
If NO officers are willing to risk their lives for the citizens they are there to protect…no amount of preparation or legislation is gonna matter.
That's the lesson here. Nobody was willing to act until the Border Patrol heroes showed up.
— Andrew Follett (@AndrewCFollett) May 27, 2022
In the wake of two very recent mass shootings, one at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, where 10 people lost their lives and another at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 young children and two teachers were shot dead, the push for gun control has never been more fierce.
Since those shootings, Rucker states that the “leftists and corporate media have been joined by international media to try to paint the United States as being too soft on firearms.” He added:
“It’s an emotional response, which is why it always begins within minutes after a reported mass murder. The left needs to latch onto emotional responses because the facts simply do not support their conclusions. It is their hope that people will step up on the surface logic of ‘fewer guns means fewer crimes’ without digger deeper into the true takeaway.”
On an episode of his podcast, The Midnight Sentinel, Rucker covered a threat posted by Andrew Follett from Club for Growth that laid out how statistically speaking, stricter gun laws are tied to increased violence. Follett tweeted:
“A threat on how the media is telling you two major lies about mass shootings and gun control. 1. Other countries with vastly stricter gun laws than the US have higher rates of mass shootings 2. US jurisdictions w/ gun laws have exponentially higher rates of gun violence.”
— Andrew Follett (@AndrewCFollett) May 27, 2022
Events in the United States seemingly get the majority of the media’s attention, however, Follett tweeted:
“…Mass shootings are clearly a worldwide issue. The US makes up about 1.15% of the world’s mass shootings while having almost 5% of the world’s population.”
He added in another tweet:
“Out of 97 countries with data, the US is 64th in frequency of mass shootings and 65th in murder rate. And rates of mass shootings elsewhere are rising faster.”
His thread continued:
“4 times as many per capita died in mass shootings in FRANCE as in the US. 21 times in Norway. In addition to those fairly nice nations, Finland, Germany, Israel, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland have higher mass shooting death rates. All of those are pretty nice countries which MUCH stricter gun control laws than the US … and all have higher per capita deaths from mass shootings than the US.”
Next, Follett focused on gun ownership. He tweeted:
“The highest gun-ownership state with the loosest gun laws in the nation is Wyoming, where 59.7% of households have a gun (really!) Wyoming gun laws are arguably the LEAST restrictive in the United States.”
Must read from the smartest man himself.#2A https://t.co/Zvs8veJ6Ia
— Andrew Follett (@AndrewCFollett) May 26, 2022
“Wyoming does NOT HAVE a gun homicide problem, with a rate of only 1.4 per 100,000- actually lower than right across the border in more gun-controlled Canada – and only about a third of that of the nation as a whole.”
“The highest murder rate of any jurisdiction in the US is Washington, DC, which has a murder rate of 21.8 per 100,000 … more than twenty times that of most European countries! But, DC also has the most restrictive gun laws in the country … and the lowest rates of legal gun ownership, with numbers less than in many European states!”
The shooter walked into the school thru an unlocked door, then locked himself in the classroom. That bought him 40 minutes to murder 21 people. https://t.co/E7gzoRUavo pic.twitter.com/uP6fGaGGWF
— Andrew Kerr (@AndrewKerrNC) May 26, 2022
He went on to discuss the fact that if stricter gun laws did in fact reduce gun violence rates, then we would expect jurisdictions with those types of laws to have lower rates of gun violence. However, the data show that is not the case. Follett tweeted:
“And blaming this on Republicans (which libs made trend ALL of yesterday) is … stupid. Washington DC hasn’t had a Republican mayor since literally 1933 … and hasn’t had a single Republican on its city council since 2008.”
“The same thing is true of ALL the cities with REALLY BAD gun homicide rates. In 2019: St. Louis, 64.54 murders per 100k, last GOP Mayor left in 1949. It’s the 9th most violent city in the world.”