Following the deadly Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, the Obama Administration requested that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) conduct a thorough study about the “cause and prevention of gun violence.” Completed in June, this study surprised the Obama Administration.
At the beginning of this year, the Obama Administration announced they supported three significant major gun control initiatives, which includes a ban on assault weapons, comprehensive background checks and a ban on high-capacity style magazines. It appears as though the administration was hoping the CDC’s study would substantiate these proposals. Contrary to the agenda that the administration was forcefully pushing, the study highlighted the following:
- From 2000 to 2010, firearm-related suicides outnumbered homicides. In fact, suicide by firearm greatly outnumbered violent crime gun-related violence.
- In 2010, the number of unintentional firearm-related deaths encompassed less than one-percent of all fatalities.
- The study also shows that the number of times weapons are used for defense-related purposes is almost identical to criminals using weapons. This proves that practicing self-defense saves lives.
The CDC’s study in no way placed connections between additional gun laws helping to decrease crime. In fact, this correlation was completely absent from the report. This report also showed that most criminals obtain firearm-related weapons from outside sources, including from gang members, friends or family.
The report also states that mass shootings only “account for a very small fraction of all firearm-related deaths.” The report did find that the rate of U.S. firearm-related homicides is indeed significantly higher than other industrialized nations; however, when the following states – California, Illinois, Washington D.C. and New Jersey – are excluded from the statistics, they are more in line with other countries. The aforementioned states also happen to have some of the most restrictive gun laws in the nation, completely negating the Obama Administration’s stance that stricter gun laws promote less gun-related violence.
Interestingly enough, in 2003, Americans owned approximately 192 million firearms, while by 2010, that number had increased by 55-percent to an astonishing 300 million. Ultimately, the report that was written in 2003 noted that sufficient evidence was lacking to enforce zero tolerance school laws, firearm registration, waiting periods, firearm restrictions and bans on firearms or ammunition. Most major media outlets have not reported the results of this study.
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