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Video: 5 facts about guns, schools, and violence
Hotair ^ | 01/10/2013 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 01/10/2013 7:54:14 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Say, anyone interested in actual facts about guns, violence, and schools? If so, Reason's Nick Gillespie and Amanda Winkler have five key points about the actual status of school safety and the impact of guns on American society. The truth is that violent crime and mass shootings have declined since the 1990s, even with events like Newtown and Aurora. Schools are safer now than in decades. However, those data points don't lend themselves to hysterics hoping to panic people into bad legislation that won't solve the problems they supposedly address:


1. Violent crime – including violent crime using guns – has dropped massively over the past 20 years.

The violent crime rate - which includes murder, rape, and beatings – is half of what it was in the early 1990s. And the violent crime rate involving the use of weapons has also declined at a similar pace.

2. Mass shootings have not increased in recent years.

Despite terrifying events like Sandy Hook or last summer’s theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, mass shootings are not becoming more frequent. “There is no pattern, there is no increase,” says criminologist James Allen Fox of Northeastern University, who studies the issue. Other data shows that mass killings peaked in 1929.

3. Schools are getting safer.

Across the board, schools are less dangerous than they used be. Over the past 20 years, the rate of theft per 1,000 students dropped from 101 to 18. For violent crime, the victimization rate per 1,000 students dropped from 53 to 14.

4. There Are More Guns in Circulation Than Ever Before.

Over the past 20 years, virtually every state in the country has liberalized gunownership rules and many states have expanded concealed carry laws that allow more people to carry weapons in more places. There around 300 million guns in the United States and at least one gun in about 45 percent of all households. Yet the rate of gun-related crime continues to drop.

5. “Assault Weapons Bans” Are Generally Ineffective.

While many people are calling for reinstating the federal ban on assault weapons – an arbitrary category of guns that has no clear definition – research shows it would have no effect on crime and violence. “Should it be renewed,” concludes a definitive study, “the ban’s effects on gun violence are likely to be small at best and perhaps too small for reliable measurement.”

We have a violence-glorification problem, but that’s not something a law can fix or a government stamp out — nor should we wish to live in a society where it’s tried. We need to start pushing back in the culture against the glorification of violence and death, not with legislation, but by defending values of life in the public arena. We do not hide behind failed legal approaches (ask Chicago and Washington DC how well gun bans worked for them) as an avoidance measure to deal with issues of mental illness and the degradation of values in our society.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; guns; gunviolence; secondamendment

1 posted on 01/10/2013 7:54:20 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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2 posted on 01/10/2013 7:56:24 AM PST by PLD
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Well, one more fact. Every AR type rifle in town sold out. Gone. Including the .308 ones with the piston uppers and the whistles and bells. Every magazine for them is gone.

Do the people in our government really think that people are digging deep and spending that much cash right after the Christmas season on something they are just meekly going to hand over?

If so, they are too stupid to run a country.

3 posted on 01/10/2013 8:09:04 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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Bad legislation solving self created or non-existent problems is the mothers milk of Washington politics.

4 posted on 01/10/2013 8:32:34 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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The guns being stripped form the store shelves are being bought by the same gougers who empty the shelves every Christmas of the hottest toys and then sell them for outrageously inflated prices. Go look on Armslist. Bushmasters selling for 2grand, PMags selling for 40-50 bucks... .223 ammo selling for 1.50/round. These are yesterdays baseball card buyers, their only goal is gouging and profit.

I'm certain there are a lot of people buying them just so they can have one too, but I'm pretty sure most of it is for above stated purposes. These are the same bastards that made a full time job out of keeping ammo cleared off the shelves so they could sell it for triple at the next gun show. I've seen them in there, whole tables of nothing but walmart ammo. Makes me want to kick them in the nuts, they are ruining the sport. I can't buy ammo now, I'm almost out. I also had enough saved to finally get me a real HK91 and I was shopping for a good enough example... that was in November. Now, because of this hysteria, I need another 3 grand if I really want one... It's not gonna happen.

I hope these SOB's get stuck with every one of them and have to eat it when they get hungry.

5 posted on 01/10/2013 8:54:49 AM PST by FunkyZero (... I've got a Grand Piano to prop up my mortal remains)
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Every time I try to talk sense to my neighbors about this issue they keep telling me that in the UK there are is private gun ownership allowed and the rate of shootings is much less than it is in the US. Is that even true?
6 posted on 01/10/2013 9:07:59 AM PST by wmileo
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To: SeekAndFind
Learn from the Swiss.
The Swiss have got it CORRECT !
Remember: Read Second Amendment: It’s Not About Hunting, IT'S ABOUT TYRANNY .
7 posted on 01/10/2013 9:12:14 AM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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The time to buy your PVC pipes and fittings, along with generous dessicant packages is now, beofree the oligarchs figure out how We The People ‘lose’ our weapons upon the instituting of confiscations.

8 posted on 01/10/2013 9:15:15 AM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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No and yes. The UK — like the leftists want to do here — disarmed all of its law abiding populace after the Dunblane school shooting. Violent crime increased significantly afterward. Additionally, home invasion type crimes also increased significantly. At the same time, Britain sharply curtailed the right to use deadly force in self defense — homeowners who fight back in any way are criminally and civilly liable for any injuries they cause to the poor burglar.

Further, the gun ban has resulted in an increase in gun culture among the criminal classes. London is filled with guns, easily smuggled in from the continent, apparently particularly the Czech Republic for some reason.

The result is the same every time — gun bans only hurt the people who will abide by the law and only help the people who make the law or break the law do bad things to the innocent.

9 posted on 01/10/2013 10:25:53 AM PST by FateAmenableToChange
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I’m not going to bury anything that isn’t already stashed. Too hard to dig them up this time of year here.

10 posted on 01/10/2013 8:00:31 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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i’ll bury mine with the fool that comes to take them.

molon labe, babe.


11 posted on 01/11/2013 8:34:53 AM PST by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world.)
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