No Such Thing As An Illegal Gun
I was talking to a friend of mine about gun violence in America.
Because we’ve been friends for a long time and I know how smart, curious, and well read she is I was surprised when she said that the best way to end gun violence in America is to enforce the laws we already have because the majority of gun violence is committed using illegally obtained weapons, gang related and/or black on black crime.
We’d finished a bottle of wine - don’t judge, there were three of us - and I may have said something like “BULLSHIT”. I can’t really remember……
First of all of course enforcing existing laws will save lives.
But this pervasive racist belief that obviously continues to exist even among the “liberal elite” must be debunked once and for all.
When people say that gun crime is mostly gang related and/or black on black what they’re really saying is that black lives don’t matter.
This is lazy and self serving thinking. If we tell ourselves - and our friends - that it’s only the poor, disinfranchised and people of color who are dying we feel safe, and more than slightly superior.
I spend a lot of time (probably more than is good for my spiritual and physical health) researching the worlds’ tragedies and inequalities so that I can share what I’ve learned with you (sorry, not sorry…) in the belief that the more we educate and inform ourselves the more effective we can be in our endeavours to right wrongs and keep the most vulnerable safe from harm in all it’s many forms.
Let’s do some debunking:
- ALL guns start out as legal guns.
- Just because people don’t purchase a gun at a gun store doesn’t mean they acquired it illegally.
- It is legal to obtain a gun as a gift from a friend or family member or to purchase one from a private seller.
- More than 30 percent of the guns at crime scenes have been stolen.
- More than 40 percent of those stolen guns weren't reported by the owners as stolen.
- A stolen gun is not an illegal gun.
- Wherever guns that end up being used in crime are purchased, swapped, borrowed, shared or stolen, the most likely source is an acquaintance or family member.
- Over the past 25 years, more intimate partner homicides in the U.S. have been committed with guns than with all other weapons combined.
- Women in the United States are 11 times more likely to be murdered with guns than women in other high-income countries.
- Women are 8 times more likely to be killed by an intimate partner if the muderer possesses a gun.
- Domestic gun violence is not limited to homicides.
- A Study of female domestic violence shelter residents in California found that 36% reported having been threatened or injured with a firearm.
- In Nearly 64.5% of the households that contained a gun, the intimate partner had used the firearm against the victim, usually threatening to shoot or kill her
- In 57% of the mass shootings between January 2009 and June 2014, the perpetrator killed an intimate partner or family member directly before or after their shooting spree.
- In 18% of the mass shootings, the perpetrator had been previously charged with domestic violence.
- 82% of guns involved in mass shootings over the last three decades have been bought legally.
- Women make up 13% of victims of gun homicide nationwide.
- Women made up 51% of victims of mass shootings between 2009 and 2014.
- In emergency rooms across America 19 children die from or are treated for gunshot wounds each day
- An average of 5,790 children in the United States receive emergency room treatment for gun-related injuries each year.
- 21% of those injuries are unintentional.
- An average of 1,297 children die annually from gun-related injuries, making guns the third-leading cause of death for children in America.
- Of the average annual rate of 32,352 gun homicides a year 21,175 of them were suicides.
- Boys were responsible for 82 percent of gun-related deaths, and 84 percent of the injuries.
- African-American children had the highest rate of homicide.
- White and Native American children had the highest rate of suicide.
I could go on and on. What America needs is more effective gun control laws and less anti-abortion laws….
Article by Anna Quick-Palmer