I’ll bet you thought “gun violence” has risen off the charts in the last 25 years. Turns out… no. But once again we find Democrats lying about what is going on in America so they can push their anti-American agenda.
If you look at the left’s proclamations, you would think that “gun violence” has increased to unheard-of levels in the U.S.A.
Failing Democrat candidate for President, Beto O’Rourke, recently cried that “our gun violence epidemic is the deadliest”:
Our drug prices are the most expensive in the world; our gun violence epidemic is the deadliest—and all of this is symptomatic of a democracy that’s been captured by corporations. We need to return power back to people. Reginald, appreciate the question. #TownHallForAmerica pic.twitter.com/Ehlq4InHoT
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) July 21, 2019
Likewise, another Democrat loser, Sen. Cory Booker, has called the homicide rate an “epidemic of gun violence”:
On my first day as president I’ll take executive action to go after gun manufacturers & dealers, close dangerous loopholes, and invest in communities impacted by the epidemic of gun violence. We need an aggressive approach to win this fight. https://t.co/6dTQ3SGJcM
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) July 21, 2019
So did Democrat Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer:
Countless lives forever changed.
Three years after the Pulse shooting, it's long past time to act to end the epidemic of gun violence in America. #PrideMonth
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) June 12, 2019
On and on it goes with leftists caterwauling about the “epidemic” of “gun violence.
Only, it is all a lie. Gun deaths have fallen over the last 25 years. There is no nation-wide “epidemic” of gun violence.
For instance, the Washington Post recently found that both Democrats and Independents have been fooled into thinking that gun violence is increasing by leaps and bounds.
But the truth is that the number of deaths caused by killers using guns started slackening off starting in 1994.
But the reality is that the high-water mark for firearm murders was 1994 while 2017, the most recent year with complete data on incidents, shows a sharp drop. There were “16,136 [firearm murders] in 1994” but only “10,982” in 2017.
And if looked at in terms of the murder rate, instead of simply the raw murder numbers, the drop in firearm homicides is even more evident.
For example, the FBI calculated “6.2 firearm murders per 100,000 people” in 1994, while the murder rate in 2017 was 3.38. And the murder rate was even lower than 3.38 in 2014.
But guess what number did increase in that same 25 years?
Well, it is the rate of gun ownership which climbed from 192 million gun owners in 1994 to 310 million by 2009!
A near doubling of firearm owners in the U.S. yet the homicide rate has dropped by a third.
That does not fit the lies that the left keeps telling everyone.
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