As with every mass shooting the Left comes out screaming about the need for more gun control. Recently with the Vegas shooting, I have heard on several news broadcasts that there are 32,000 gun deaths in America each year from 2003 to 2010. That number when used in conjunction with the Vegas shooting is used as a means to conjure up the image of thousands of people being mowed down in the streets.
That got me thinking about Chicago. Unless you read or listen to alternative media you wouldn’t have the slightest clue that Chicago is less safe than Fallujah. There are to-date 540 persons shot and killed and a total of 2,572 shot and wounded. In fact a person is shot every 2 hours19 minutes in Chicago, and a person is murdered every 12 hours and 21 minutes. These are astounding statistics you never hear about. They are not mass shooting events like Vegas and are largely attributed to gang and drug violence. Why they are not talked about is because Chicago has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country. This doesn’t bode well for the gun control crowd so it is ignored.
I read an article the other day that addressed a plausible cause for this senseless violence and I believe it should be seriously considered. It also used one of the stats I heard on the news. Tom Eckert in a piece entitled, “Gun Violence Would Plummet If We Just Called off the Drug War,” alludes to some interesting stats. “There has been an average of 32,000 gun fatalities in America each year from 2003 to 2010. Of those deaths, 63% were suicides and accidents, leaving approximately 11,000 homicides a year, of which, more than 13% were gang-related. Of the remaining homicides, victims of mass shootings made up only 1.5% – equating to 0.1% of all gun deaths and 0.3% of all homicides.”
He goes on to say, “If we are to believe the intentions of those pushing for an end to gun violence, it should be glaringly obvious that focusing on mass shootings, an issue that is responsible for one hundred times fewer deaths than gang-related homicides is an illogical way of achieving their goal.”
I couldn’t agree more with the above statement. This is an excellent article on the carnage that the drug war has caused and if you want to read more you can here.