The failures of “gun control”: Data shows firearm offenders have the highest rate of new crimes in America

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Firearm offenders are arrested at the highest levels after release.

Firearm use during crimes of violence is increasing.

The US Sentencing Commission

This report is the second in a series continuing the Commission’s research of the recidivism of federal offenders.

It provides an overview of the recidivism of federal firearms offenders released from incarceration or sentenced to a term of probation in 2010, combining data regularly collected by the Commission with data compiled from criminal history records from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The report provides an overview of recidivism for these offenders and information on key offender and offense characteristics related to recidivism. This report also compares recidivism outcomes for federal firearms offenders released in 2010 to firearms offenders released in 2005.

The final study group included 5,659 firearms offenders.

They include United States citizens, those who reentered the community during 2010 after discharging their sentence of incarceration or by commencing a term of probation in 2010, not reported dead, escaped, or detained, and those having valid FBI numbers that could be located in criminal history repositories.

Findings

Firearms offenders recidivated at a higher rate than all other offenders.

Over two-thirds (69.0%) of firearms offenders were rearrested for a new crime during the eight-year follow-up period compared to less than half of all other offenders (45.1%).

Firearms offenders and all other offenders who recidivated were rearrested for similar crimes. Of the firearms offenders who recidivated, an assault was the most serious new charge for 25.9 percent of offenders followed by drug trafficking (11.0%).

Similarly, of the all other offenders who recidivated, an assault was the most common new charge (19.0%) followed by drug trafficking (11.4%).

Firearms offenders have higher recidivism rates than all other offenders in every Criminal History Category (CHC) (editor’s note, the way the US Sentencing Commission rates the potential for recidivism).

Within most CHCs, this difference was about ten percentage points. In CHC I, 39.7 percent of firearms offenders recidivated compared to 29.6 percent of all other offenders.

In CHC VI, 82.8 percent of firearms offenders recidivated compared to 72.9 percent of all other offenders.

Firearms offenders recidivated at a higher rate than all other offenders in every age-at-release grouping. Firearms offenders recidivated at over twice the rate of all other offenders among those released after age 59 (31.1% compared to 14.5%).

The recidivism rates for firearms and all other offenders were highly similar for both the 2010 release cohort in this report and the 2005 release cohort previously studied.

In the 2005 release cohort, 68.1 percent of firearms offenders recidivated compared to 46.3 percent of all other offenders. Similarly, 69.0 percent of firearms offenders in the 2010 release cohort recidivated compared to 45.1 percent of all other offenders.

US Sentencing Commission

Context-Few Violent Crimes involve Firearms

Based on the FBI’s National Incident-Based Reporting System, the majority of violent crime does not involve the use of firearms.

Except for homicides, most violent crime involved personal weapons or knives or blunt objects or motor vehicles with large numbers falling into the “other” or “unknown weapons” categories.

There were 86,210 assaults involving firearms versus 1,22,640 non-firearm assaults.

There were 33,436 robberies with firearms versus 46,276 knives, personal weapons, all others and no weapon/force involved.

No weapon or force involved exceeds firearm use for assaults and sex offenses.

Very few sex offenses involved firearms, Firearms And Crime.

Context-The Vast Majority of Violent Crime Is Not Reported

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ latest report, only 40 percent of violent crime is reported to law enforcement. Per the FBI, the majority of reported violent crime does not end in arrest.

This means that the recidivism data compiled above by the US Sentencing Commission is a vast undercount.

Context-Police Executive Research Forum Addressing Increased Use Of Firearms 

The majority of agencies responding to a PERF survey reported that firearm homicides, nonfatal shootings, and the number of illegal firearms recovered all increased from 2019 to 2020.

And these patterns were not limited to the largest agencies; increases in gun crimes and recoveries were reported by agencies of all sizes.

Context-The Most Common Understanding Of Recidivism

The most common understanding of recidivism is based on state data from the US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, stating that two-thirds (68 percent) of prisoners released were arrested for a new crime within three years of release from prison, and three-quarters (77 percent) were arrested within five years.

Within 3 years of release, 49.7% of inmates either had an arrest that resulted in a conviction with a disposition of a prison sentence or were returned to prison without a new conviction because they violated a technical condition of their release, as did 55.1% of inmates within 5 years of release.

A ten-year study from the Bureau of Justice Statistics shows that 82% were arrested at least once during the 10 years following release. Offenders committed well over two million new crimes. About 61% of prisoners released in 2008 returned to prison within 10 years for a parole or probation violation or a new sentence, Offender Recidivism.

The vast majority of offenders studied above were state inmates. There are vast differences between state and federal inmates with states having a mostly violent population. Based on current sentences and percentages, there are few violent offenders in federal prisons

Conclusions

Based on arrests, firearm offenders recidivate more. The data from the US Sentencing Commission proves it. Their level of rearrests indicates a dangerousness unsurpassed by others.

It doesn’t matter that the offenders studied for this report are federal. There is no reason to believe that the results would be any different for released state offenders.

But the cited ten-year study by the Bureau of Justice Statistics of mostly violent state offenders (based on current charges and criminal history) also indicates extremely high levels of rearrests and reincarcerations.

Firearm use during crimes of violence is increasing.

If there is any hope of bringing down growing rates of violent crime, there has to be an emphasis on incarcerating firearm and violent offenders for a significant period of time. Per data from the Bureau Of Justice Statistics, the average time served for violent offenders is less than three years.

Sheriff on Oxford school shooting: We don’t need more gun laws, we need to actually prosecute criminals

OAKLAND, MI- In the aftermath of the most recent horrific school shooting, the Oakland sheriff overseeing the investigation stressed the need for more prosecutions of criminals who use firearms.

On Wednesday, December 1st, Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard was asked by reporters about the possibility of the Oxford High School attack leading to “consideration of gun legislation,” to which he responded by saying:

“We have a whole lot of gun laws that are meant to hold criminals accountable when they commit a crime, when they use a gun, when they carry a gun illegally, and they are not utilized today.

That’s one of our constant concerns around the country … we see this across the nation, we catch somebody illegally with a gun and it’s pled down to a misdemeanor and they’re out.”

The sheriff added:

“I believe the surest way to get a handle on holding people accountable when they’re doing things illegally with a gun is to punish them and that’s not happening in many communities across America today.”

Bouchard also referenced the National Institute Criminal Background Check System (NICS), saying:

“There is a huge number of people that are prohibited from buying that firearm that are caught by the system that are never prosecuted for trying. We have gun laws in place, we’re not holding people accountable.”

Michigan Democrats, on the other hand, have used this deadly shooting to renew their calls for gun control legislation to be passed in the state’s Republican-controlled legislature. 

On Wednesday, December 1st, Democratic Michigan state Sens. Brenda Carter and Rosemary Bayer, who represent the district that Oxford High School is located in, released a statement from the legislature’s Firearm Safety and Violence Prevention Caucus calling for “commonsense gun safety legislation.”

The statement read, in part:

“We are heartbroken by the tragic events that happened in our own backyard. No parent should have to fear for their child’s safety at school and no community should have to bury the children they helped raise.

While we have met resistance on taking proactive measures to prevent gun violence in the past, we are asking folks to consider a change of heart and mind so the students who died at Oxford and who have died in countless other tragedies across the country, have not died in vain.”

Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer also released a statement calling for lawmakers to “act against gun violence.” She said:

“Gun violence is a public health crisis that claims lives every day. We have the tools to reduce gun violence in Michigan. This is a time for us to come together and help our children feel safe at school.”

The Associated Press (AP) noted that Bayer introduced a bill earlier in the year aimed a holding adults accountable for not properly securing their firearms. The gunman in the Oxford High shooting, 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley, is believed to have used a gun that his father bought on the day after Thanksgiving to carry out his attack.

The bill would reportedly require adults to keep a firearm in a securely locked container if they know it is accessible to minors. If a minor obtained the gun and used it to kill or injure, the adult would face up to five years in prison. 

Republicans have not held a hearing on the measure or other gun-control legislation. Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey said:

“If we get obsessed with eliminating all risks, we will then develop and evolve into a country we won’t recognize because we’ll also have no freedoms. It’s a balance. It’s a very narrow road. It is hard. These kinds of events keep those thoughts in mind.”

Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers. 

And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

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So much for “gun control”: Armed home invasion suspects arrested – they were 12 and 14 years old

November 9th, 2021

KALAMAZOO, MI – The Kalamazoo Public Safety Office reported that they had taken two suspects into custody for an armed home invasion.

While this type of reporting does not always get national news, it does in this case because the suspects are ages 12 and 14 years old.

The Kalamazoo Public Safety Officers were in the area of Oak Street due to an increased amount of thefts and stolen vehicles occurring in the neighborhood.

While patrolling the streets, a police sergeant took note of two children walking up to a house that appeared to have no one home.

Of course, this sparked the sergeant’s attention since they were in the area for an increased crime rate so the sergeant sat back and watched to see what the two were planning.

It did not take long to see that they both intended to allegedly break into the residence.

The Kalamazoo Public Safety began to move in on the two who were actively trying to break in.  But the resident, who was home, appeared and scared the two off.

Unfortunately for the kids, officers had already set up a perimeter and were ready for them. The two fled and were quickly caught by officers in a brief foot pursuit in the front yard of the home they were trying to break into.

The two suspects, ages 12 and 14 years of age, were not identified by police, but they were arrested and charged for the burglary attempt. Police allege that when they arrested the two they found:

“A stolen handgun, illegal drugs, and a large amount of cash were recovered from the suspects. Both suspects were lodged at Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home on various felony charges.”

The rise in crime brought officers into that neighborhood for proactive patrols including stolen vehicles. According to MLive.com:

“There were 139 stolen vehicle offenses in Kalamazoo in the first five months of 2020, according to the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety. In comparison, so far this year, there have been 208 stolen vehicle offenses in the city, Public Information Officer Ryan Bridges said.”

Bridges noted that the rise in vehicle thefts alone is close to a 50 percent increase year over year. He said:

“We want to remind motorists to always lock their doors and not leave their keys or valuables in their vehicles once exiting.”

Police in areas that experience high numbers in terms of vehicle burglaries, like Bridges, report that most vehicle burglaries in residential neighborhoods occur because the owner leaves the vehicle unlocked.

Oftentimes, kids will go through neighborhoods in the middle of the night and try door handles on different vehicles and move past the ones that are locked and ransack those that are not.

Unfortunately, this means that any valuables that are stored inside will be taken by the thief, and while that is frustrating enough, it can also be scary because a lot of people keep garage door openers in their vehicles.

This means the thief can easily make entry into your garage, and possibly your home, while you sleep.

To prevent this, ensure that all of your vehicles are locked that are stored outside of your garage. Keep valuables locked up and out of sight if you must leave them in your vehicle.

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Two teens arrested in brutal beating of girl, 10, who they lured to home by pretending they wanted to play

ELIZABETHTON, TN – According to reports, a 10-year-old girl was lured over to a home by her teenage neighbors under the false pretense of wanting to play with her.

However, the girl was instead beaten and held captive for approximately 5 hours, with the teens’ mother allegedly filming her daughters beat the young girl.

While the two teenage juveniles have been arrested, authorities have not yet arrested the mother who allegedly filmed the beating.

 

On July 19th, 10-year-old Callie came home to her mother, Brittany, “covered in blood and severely beaten”, according to a Facebook post the girl’s mother shared days after the incident. Callie’s mother shared the details of her daughter’s traumatic experience, which reads like a nightmare for any parent of a young child:

“That morning, Callies so-called “friends” knocked on our door and asked if SHE COULD COME PLAY. This was something that they did every single day for the past six months. We are also their neighbors.

As soon as she had walked in their apartment, she had realized that something was wrong.”

“From 7:30 am until 12:27 pm my daughter Callie was held hostage in their pantry, dragged to multiple rooms and beaten.

She had been struck all over her face/head/body by their fists, and multiple objects by multiple TEENAGERS. Callie was sprayed with bleach and humiliated.”

What’s most disturbing about the account of what happened to the 10-year-old girl was that the teenage suspects allegedly behind the brutal attack were not alone in their home, as the suspects’ mother was there too – allegedly filming this child being tortured:

“The acts were all recorded by their mother who did nothing to stop it. Multiple videos of the assault were shared to social media such as Snapchat and Tiktok. They made Callie clean up her own blood afterwards and taunt her about bleeding on them.

Many other details and physical evidence was collected by officers on video and in pictures. What happened was traumatizing.”

The Elizabethton Police Department came under intense scrutiny over the incident due to the fact that they’d responded to the victim’s home on the day of the incident but didn’t enact any arrests until four days afterward on July 23rd.

Elizabethton Police reportedly arrested the two juveniles allegedly behind the attack, which they’ve been charged with especially aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault.

However, members of the community are still particularly irate over the fact that the mother who allegedly filmed Callie’s beating has not been arrested.

Various social media accounts online, as well as sources close to the family of the victim, have claimed that the juvenile suspects’ mother is a 35-year-old woman by the name of Theresa Delgado. 

While officials have yet to confirm the aforementioned, no contradictory statements to the effect have been released either.

The victim’s mother’s Facebook post did note that her neighbors were served an eviction notice from the apartment complex where they reside. 

On the Elizabethton Police Department’s Facebook page, there are repeated calls in the comments section of their post highlighting the investigation into the incident that are asking why the suspects’ mother has not been arrested yet. 

Some of the comments are as follows: 

“Y’all better be charging the mother who recorded the event and laughed in the videos too. She’s just as guilty. Charge the mother too or you will see a lot of people outside her door who still live by the “eye for an eye” code of conduct.”

“Pretty sure the mother who not only allowed this to happen but also participated isn’t a juvenile. At the very least she should already be sitting in a cell.”

“I can’t understand why the teens mother hasn’t already been arrested? She’s not a juvenile and she participated in the hellish acts done towards this innocent child.”

“How is the adult who participated in the abuse not considered a suspect? These allegations are very serious and should have required prompt attention. This little girl deserves justice and this family should not be living in fear of their neighbors— Why has the apartment community responded faster to this situation than your department? I beg you to please ask for help from another department if you need it, Chief Shaw.”

“If this child was held against her will with an adult present why hasn’t the person been charged with kidnapping?”

“This is just shameful there is photo evidence and they’re walking free. Do better. She could have been killed so easily and a grown adult recorded it all and it’s on social media? DO BETTER.”

“This is insane, and sick! Arrest that woman for allowing this to happen and participating in such disgusting and horrible acts against that little girl!!!! The investigation can continue while she’s in a jail and those little terrorists children are with dcs!!!!”

Needless to say, members of the community are – rightfully – upset and frustrated. 

Police have offered no additional details outside of sharing the arrests of the two teenage juveniles.

This is a developing investigation. 

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further updates on this ongoing case. 

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