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Gun Violence Declining Except in Gun-Free Zones

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by EUGENE the REALTOR, Dec 4, 2015.

  1. EUGENE the REALTOR

    EUGENE the REALTOR Portland Metro Bronze Vendor Bronze Vendor

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    No surprise here...

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-journa...gun-violence-declining-except-gun-free-zones/

    On December 3, The Washington Post reported that gun crime has been on the decline for about 20 years, except for high-profile shootings in gun-free zones; WaPo claims those shootings are on the increase.
    According to WaPo, “In 1993, there were seven homicides by firearm for every 100,000 Americans. … By 2013, that figure had fallen by nearly half, to 3.6 [per 100,000].”

    Breitbart News previously pointed to this decline and explained it correlated with a massive increase in privately owned firearms over the same period of time. For example,Congressional Research Service showed that the number of privately owned firearms increased from 192 million in 1994 to 310 million in 2009. And record background checks under Obama make it easy to see how tens of millions more privately owned guns have found their way into Americans’ hands since 2009.

    So gun ownership increased for 20 years, but “gun homicides” decreased–except in gun free zones.

    WaPo points to a study by Mother Jones that claims that high-profile shootings began increasing in gun-free zones in late 2011/early 2012. The examples Mother Jones provides are the Aurora movie theater, Sandy Hook Elementary, and the D.C. Navy Yard, all of which were gun-free zones.

    Other examples of shootings in gun-free zones that could have been cited are Arapahoe High School (December 2013), Fort Hood (April 2014), Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church (June 2015), Chattanooga military offices (July 2015), the Lafayette Grand Theatre (July 2015), and Umpqua Community College (October 1).

    Increases in gun ownership correlated with drastic reductions in firearm-related homicides, but creating zones where law-abiding citizens are denied the ability to be armed for self-defense have allowed high-profile attackers to find easy targets.
     
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  2. erudne

    erudne The Pie Matrix PPL Say Sleeping W/Your Rifle Is A bad Thing? Bronze Supporter

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  3. 3MTA3

    3MTA3 DMZ between Liberty and Tyranny Behind Enemy Lines Bronze Supporter

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    So let me get this straight.... you are postulating that violent criminals are LESS likely to commit crimes against people who can shoot back? That's like saying that mass murders pick gun free zones so they WON'T have any opposition. :rolleyes:
     
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  4. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Aren't Illinois, California and DC gun free zones?
    Where do most "mass (gang) shootings" occur?
    Those states/district.

    But we've known this forever.
     
  5. Pops1911

    Pops1911 Cinebar/Issaquah Well-Known Member

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    That really sounds, well, reasonable.
     
  6. P7id10T

    P7id10T Cedar Hills Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Now THAT'S what I'm talking about!!!

    Can I make my bedroom a sex-free zone?:s0026: