Guns make US a safer country

newsroom@islandpacket.comJuly 7, 2014 

Former New York City mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg has brought his gun agenda to Beaufort County. Bloomberg will spend $50 million this year on an anti-Second Amendment campaign. He has founded a group, Everytown for Gun Safety, to front this effort. Local members of that group recently presented 1,200 postcards to U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford's office, asking that he support gun control. Gun violence must be a growing problem.

According to FactCheck.org, here are the facts: Gun ownership in America is up dramatically since 2007. Gun murders are down, the lowest since 1981. Gun aggravated assaults are down, the lowest since 2004. Gun robberies are down, the lowest since 2007.

In states that allow concealed weapon permits, gun violence is much lower than states that have strict gun laws, i.e., New York, Illinois, and Washington, D.C.

In 2011, there were 32,063 gun deaths, of which 19,766 were suicides. Anyone bent on suicide will find a way, gun or no gun. Others were related to drug gangs that will have guns in spite of whatever the law is.

In 2012 the FBI reported that 625 murders were committed with rifles and shotguns while 1,396 were committed by fists, hammers and blunt objects. Will we soon see a Bloomberg group called Everytown against Hammers and Clubs?

Jim Dickson

St. Helena Island

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