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As Calif. gun sales go up, number of gun-casualties goes down
CBS News) ^ | January 3, 2013 7:20 PM | ByBen Tracy

Posted on 01/04/2013 2:15:39 PM PST by BenLurkin

LOS ANGELES - Gun sales in California are booming. More than 600,000 were sold in 2011. However by last year, sales had jumped to 817,000. That's an increase of 36 percent. But we noticed the number of people wounded by gunfire is dropping.

Business has been hectic for Aristotle Rogel, who works at a gun store in Burbank, California. Walk-in business is up 20 percent this month. Many customers are buying more than one gun.

Asked if his customers are buying now because they are afraid they won't be able to buy later if there are new gun laws, Rogel answered: "Well, absolutely. Stock up and see hopefully nothing happens."

California gun sales have steadily risen from 350,000 in 2002, to last year's record. Recently, some gun owners became worried that President Obama's reelection and the Newtown shooting will lead to more gun control. Military style weapons have become popular for target practice and self-defense.

Yet despite the rise in gun sales in California, there has not been a corresponding rise in gun deaths or gun injuries. Hospitalizations for gun injuries have actually dropped nearly 28 percent and gun deaths by 15 percent.

"When I see that the sales go up, I don't like that," said Charlie Beck, chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. "My officers have to face these guns on the street."

Beck credits a five-year police crackdown on gangs for the drop in shooting deaths. Gang crimes account for half the homicides in Los Angeles.

Also, gun buyback programs have taken nearly 10,000 guns off of Los Angeles' streets since 2009.

"What I worry about are guns that fall into the wrong hands," said Beck, "guns that are excess and become unwanted in a home. Those are the kind of guns that my officers run into on the street that are used in murders in Los Angeles far too commonly."

But the police can't keep up. About 2,000 guns they bought back last week is roughly the same number sold in California gun shops in one day.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; guncontrol; secondamendment
What "gun buyback programs?"

When has anyone ever bought guns from the police?

1 posted on 01/04/2013 2:15:42 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin
When has anyone ever bought guns from the police? ATF? Fast N furious??????????
2 posted on 01/04/2013 2:21:29 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: ColdOne

You got me there!


3 posted on 01/04/2013 2:24:03 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

;)!


4 posted on 01/04/2013 2:27:53 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: BenLurkin
"What I worry about are guns that fall into the wrong hands," said Beck, "guns that are excess and become unwanted in a home.

What crap.
1. Guns are more likely to "fall into the wrong hands" when lame-brain newspapers publish where they can be found to be targeted for theft, and
2. No rifle that costs a person $2K is going to "become unwanted in a home".
Sheesh - you make it sound like a hampster bought for a child...

5 posted on 01/04/2013 2:34:40 PM PST by grobdriver
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To: grobdriver
That guy is an example of the worst kind of public “servant.”
6 posted on 01/04/2013 2:40:45 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

Sub-Headline from Yahoo News:

“While firearms laws are stricter than those of the U.S., gun-related homicides occur at a higher rate in the Philippines.”


7 posted on 01/04/2013 3:03:13 PM PST by bunkerhill7 (wellll duhhh!!.)
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To: BenLurkin

“Excess guns”. LOL! What planet is this clown from? Well, at least he’s getting those empty, disposible anti-tank tubes off the streets. That’s good I guess. We can’t have somebody getting beat to death with one of those.


8 posted on 01/04/2013 3:42:35 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Where can I pick up a 2013 Mayan calendar?)
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To: BenLurkin
"When I see that the sales go up, I don't like that," said Charlie Beck, chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. "My officers have to face these guns on the street."

The chief of the Los Angeles Police Department is an ignorant jackass!
Criminals don't apply to buy guns to use in crimes... get fingerprinted, go through background checks etc.

Finally, if this jackass can't prevent the burglary of my legal gun, how can I rely on him to prevent me losing my life?

9 posted on 01/04/2013 3:56:04 PM PST by publius911 (Look for the Union Label -- then buy something else)
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***When has anyone ever bought guns from the police? ***

Years ago I went to a police sale of confiscated goods. Lots of people showed up and it was dull. Along about the afternoon suddenly, it was like an electric current ran through the crowd! THEY WERE PREPARING TO SELL THE GUNS! They surged forward and the sale began.

I saw junk guns go for new prices! Broken guns the same! The audience lost all sense of cost as they bid up the price on junk!
I could not believe it.

Many years later I talked to a pawn shop owner who had gone to another auction to buy some guns. He bought none and said he wished he had brought his guns there to sell as the crowd bid them up way beyond his price.

Something about a gun auction makes the crowd go crazy. All Federal and state laws were obeyed in these auctions.


10 posted on 01/04/2013 5:30:45 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (GUNS.. the rightful property of freemen, and formidable only to tyrannical governments.”)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Interesting!


11 posted on 01/04/2013 5:32:51 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: grobdriver

***2. No rifle that costs a person $2K is going to “become unwanted in a home”.***

You have never seen what an ignorant wife or widow woman will do to get rid extremely valuable guns!

One of my friends went very early to a garage sale a few years back. There he found an almost new Browning .32 auto. He asked the widow what she wanted for it and she said she wanted what her husband had paid for it back in 1940. $15.00.

So he got a new Browning pistol for $15.00. What is interesting is that $15.00 gun saved his neck before the day was over when he was threatened by someone else. Just having the pistol diffused the situation.


12 posted on 01/04/2013 5:36:08 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (GUNS.. the rightful property of freemen, and formidable only to tyrannical governments.”)
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To: publius911
"My officers have to face these guns on the street."

No, they don't; they have to face CRIMINALS and GANG MEMBERS on the street who happen to be armed. And my bet is that NONE of these thugs obtained their weapons through legal means. Mexico has an almost total ban on legal firearms, yet the country is awash in drug cartel violence. The citizens of Mexico, completely disarmed by their corrupt government have to cower in fear waiting for police to maybe show up, and then wonder just who the hell the police might be working for. I guess that's what Charlie wants for the US.

Where do you suppose all those guns came from? Well, we know that some of them came from the US DOJ, but the full auto rifles came into Mexico by other means - mostly through the southern border with Guatemala or through any one of many ocean ports - by the boatload. I also think that most of LA's gangs get their weapons FROM Mexico; the damn border is porous and contraband flows mostly north.

Damn few US legally registered arms are recovered from crime scenes in LA by Charlie Beck.

13 posted on 01/04/2013 6:46:19 PM PST by 45Auto (Big holes are (almost) always better.)
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