Skip to comments.With gun violence down, is America arming against an imagined threat? (+video)
Posted on 05/09/2013 12:15:07 PM PDT by neverdem
A Pew study released Tuesday finds that Americans think gun violence has escalated when in reality it's way down from two decades ago. The violence has dropped, meanwhile, even as gun ownership has increased.
Mass shootings, frantic gun-buying, and more Americans legally carrying guns on the street all point to a country fighting a gun violence epidemic, right?
As part of a broader trend of declining crime, gun violence in America while still high relative to other...
The gun prohibition lobby has long promoted this idea that reducing the number of guns is a good idea, that fewer guns are better categorically, says Dave Kopel, a research analyst at the Independence Institute in Denver. But here we have a real world experiment which shows the opposite, where we have a huge decline in gun crime at the same time as theres been an enormous increase in the firearms supply in the United States. It doesnt prove that the increase in gun numbers or licensed carry caused the decline, but it sure does contest the simplistic theory that more guns equal more crime....
And New York Mayor Michael Bloombergs Mayors Against Illegal Guns is spending money on ads to put pressure on key Republican and Democratic senators in Arkansas, Alaska, North Dakota, and New Hampshire to change their votes.
But while the Pew findings are dramatic, other polls suggest that Americans perceptions about the level of gun violence arent necessarily turning into political concern about the trend.
According to a new Gallup poll asking Americans about top legislative priorities, gun control and immigration reform ranked at the bottom of 12 key ideas, with creating more jobs, helping the economy grow, and making government work more efficiently pegged as the top three priorities for the country.
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is the imagined threat common crime or our government?
There is a double meaning in the article’s title that I am sure is intentional.
As far as I know, Communism has been a common enemy all my life.
The people that are stocking up are thinking of bigger threats.
Imagined threat? Gun violence is down BECAUSE we’re armed.
Holy hopping hares! Are they REALLY this clueless?
This is like saying “Why are we vaccinating our kids against polio? Nobody has polio!”
Why are blacks so violent?
And crime and gun violence has dropped MORE in States that passed conceal carry permit legislation than it has in States that did not.
Sort of like if a corrupt town hires a go-getter Police Chief and he makes a lot of arrests - guess what? According to the way they count it - CRIME GOES UP. If a crime goes unreported and a criminal unarrested - it doesn't count towards crime statistics.
Currently violent crime has not been this low since 1963. It peaked in the early 1990’s (IIRC) and has been going down for the last 20 years or so.
That’s right, Monitor, ignore the media conspiracy to make people think gun crimes are at epidemic levels.
The DNC has won the culture war.
The threat to the working class is real.
US prisons over flow with convicted violent democrats.
I think “totalitarianism” is the threat we’re all concerned about, whether it’s communist, fascist or “other.” We’re all fearful of what will happen when the economy hits bottom and our “friendly” government reaches out to “help” us.
That is the million dollar question but one that will never be addressed. If the USA did not have black crime, it would be a paradise.
European Murder Rates Compared to the United States: Demographics vs Guns
They got this exactly ass backwards.
Instead it should read that “The states are “disarming” Americans in light of an imagined threat.”
The real threat comes from the state.
Why are blacks so violent?”
You can extrapolate several reasons from the statistics.
A broken family structure (no father/single mother)
The father is missing/effectively displaced by the state as a stabilizing influence.
The state rewards multiple unwed births or offers a convenient way out. See Gosnell case for more info.
Also read “The Making of a Slave”
Is an armed America driving down gun violence?
With gun violence down, is America arming against an imagined threat?No.