Obama earlier this year issued an executive order commanding the Centers for Disease Control to do a study of gun violence in America — as if gun violence is caused by a disease.
The CDC did what it was told. It has issued a report. It shoots down Obama.
It turns out that 60% of suicides are the result of guns. “Between the years 2000-2010 firearm-related suicides significantly outnumbered homicides for all age groups, annually accounting for 61 percent of the more than 335,600 people who died from firearms related violence in the United States.”
This creates a major problem for Obama. It’s difficult for the government to prosecute users of unregistered handguns who kill themselves.
What about victims of crime who defend themselves by using a gun? They do better than other victims. There are “consistently lower injury rates among gun-using crime victims compared with victims who used other self-protective strategies.”
Do people use guns to defend themselves? Yes. “Defensive use of guns by crime victims is a common occurrence.”
“Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million per year, in the context of about 300,000 violent crimes involving firearms in 2008.”
So, there’s as much as a 10 to 1 ratio of defensive firearm use vs. offensive use, though admittedly the 3 million figure is probably a bit high.
Crime in general has been going down. “Overall crime rates have declined in the past decade, and violent crimes, including homicides specifically, have declined in the past 5 years.”
How about accidental deaths? “Unintentional firearm-related deaths have steadily declined during the past century. The number of unintentional deaths due to firearm-related incidents accounted for less than 1 percent of all unintentional fatalities in 2010.”
The gun-control crowd has greeted this report with silence. No newspaper headlines. No Evening News reports. The media have installed a silencer.