This is a huge blow to the Obama administration, but you wouldn’t know it by the lack of media attention. In January, Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence. He was looking to the CDC report for support on how to reduce the threat of firearm-related violence through more legislation restricting the rights of American citizens. Since I haven’t heard Obama or know-nothing puppet Jay Carney speak of the findings, I assume he is sorely disappointed with the results.
The study was completed in June and contained some surprises as the CDC study refuted nearly all the standard anti-gun narrative and supported many of the positions taken by gun owners and their supporters. The study was conducted for the years 2000 to 2010.
The conclusion showed that the majority of deaths (61%) were NOT due to criminal violence as this administration and anti-gun supporters keep touting, but were due to suicides. Of the remainder of incidents, guns used in defensive situations were as common as offensive use by criminals. In addition, of all unintentional deaths, guns accounted for less than 1%.
Furthermore, that more laws would result in less crime showed mixed results. This included background checks, restrictions on firearms and increased penalties for illegal gun use.
The “turn-in” programs were labelled as “ineffective” in reducing crime. Most criminals obtain their guns from friends, family members and gang members which are well outside of any influence from gun controls on legitimate gun owners.
As horrible and tragic mass shootings are, the report noted mass shootings have declined and account for a very small fraction of all firearm-related deaths. I did find a most interesting statistic. The U.S. rate of firearm-related homicide is 19.5 times higher than the rates in other high-income countries. However, if one excludes Illinois, California, New Jersey and Washington D.C., the homicide rate in the United States would fall in line with any other country. These areas are noted for the most restrictive gun laws in the country which negates Obama celebrating any findings in the report.
Back in 2003, Americans owned an estimated 192 million guns. Today that number is over 300 million. An increase of 55% of legally-owned guns has not increased the need for more legislation. Evidence shown by Obama’s own study showed that additional gun control measures were unjustified to reduce gun violence.
So, let’s enforce what’s already on the books and go after criminals and not law-abiding American citizens.