Reality is whatever the libtards and the Brown Shirt MEdia tell us it is. Until one day it isnt.
The 2018 FBI crime statistics came out last week.
15,000 total murders by all weapon types.
That works out to 5 per 100,000.
In other words - one murder per 20,000 people.
If you factor out drugs and alcohol and gang related murders, that’s about one murder per 40,000 people.
One in 40,000 is tragic.
But, it is not a crisis, by any standard.
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Conservatives (& RKBA & 2A types) looked at the same report and crowed about the decline in murder rates that it showed.
This also is a “logical error” because murder rates are directly linked to the quality of trauma care a shooting victim receives. Because no matter how many times you get shot, if the EMTs and the doctors can keep you alive, there is NO MURDER.
The effectiveness of trauma care always improves over time but especially so in times of war. And the US now has been at war for 18 straight years. Plus large cities and municipalities are spending more on first responder infrastructure to reduce fire and ambulance response times.
So one would expect the “murder” rate to decrease over time for the simple fact that more victims of life-threatening injury of every sort are having their lives saved by improved trauma care.
So from the standpoint of the culpability of firearms, as a stand-alone statistic a decrease in the murder rate is insignificant. You’d have to balance that against other statistics, such as the overall numbers of shootings and firearms assaults, and survival rate among GSW victims before you could begin to know whether it was news worth crowing about.
Guns don’t die, and they don’t commit violence.
People kill and harm other people, some time using guns. And sometimes justifiably.
RED FLAG LAWS: INNOCENTS WILL DIE!
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