Branco cartoon via pronline news
President Obama’s own gun violence study proves gun violence is on the decline; guns are a very effective means of self-defensive; and guns are used as often for self-defense as they are for crimes. In addition, the study concludes that knowledge about gun violence is inadequately researched and calls into question the basis on which policy makers impose laws.
The study is far more supportive of the views of gun rights proponents than gun control advocates.
When President Obama flies around the country spouting “facts” about gun violence, his “facts” are not supported by the study he commissioned.
One of President Obama’s 23 executive orders on gun control was a mandated study on gun violence which was conducted by the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council. The 123-page study titled, Priorities for Research to Reduce the Threat of Firearm Violence, focused on the characteristics of firearm violence, the risk and protective factors, interventions and strategies, gun safety technology, and the influence of video games and other media.
The study, which no one will hear about, concluded that overall firearm violence and homicides are decreasing rapidly in this country though we still have higher deaths from gun-related violence than any Western nation. Gun crimes are on the decline among youths; accidental shootings are decreasing significantly; firearm-related victimizations have held steady (a case for right-to-carry?).
Firearm violence is associated with poverty, drug crimes, alcohol usage, thefts, aggressive behavior, learning problems, and mental problems, indicating to the rational among us that guns are merely a tool for underlying societal problems.
The study concluded that the majority of gun deaths are related to suicides – mental health issues – not crimes. Suicides outnumbered firearm-related crimes by 61% over a ten-year period considered.
The study found that every other study assessing the defensive use of guns had “consistently lower injury rates among gun-using crime victims compared with victims who used other self-protective strategies.”
Guns for self-defense do work, contrary to what Obama and his minions would have us believe. It is not surprising that guns are more of a deterrent than pencils, scissors, and asking criminals to stop.
Studies researching the impact of imposing background checks or restrictions on certain firearms are inconclusive as are studies on imposing additional penalties. There are insufficient studies on the impact of right-to-carry laws.
In other words, laws are being passed to restrict firearms, but there is nothing proving any of it as a legitimate means of curbing gun violence. People are making assumptions.
Studies on whether modifying the environment – such as closing bars earlier – is effective, do not exist. Nor is there data on the effectiveness of school education programs.
The report recommends studying the effectiveness of the programs and laws now in place. Brilliant!!!
Research correlating media violence and gun violence does not exist and as a result, the effects of violent video games and movies on people who use guns unlawfully cannot be determined. The panel recommended research in this area.
The study concluded that there isn’t a database of credible high quality information about the sources of guns used in crime and of other pertinent statistics concerning gun violence, and because of this, the validity of gun-violence data must be called into question. There is insufficient research in all areas impacting gun violence.
This lack of knowledge “limits the ability of policy makers to use research to inform the development and evaluation of future policies.”
In other words, politicians are making assumptions on bad information and passing laws based on their unsubstantiated assumptions.
Tell us something we didn’t know.