Well, whose hands those guns are in, is a vital determinative factor in how many people are murdered by guns.
Originally Posted by songfourone
60 percent of U.S. firearm homicides occur in the 62 cities of the country’s 50 largest metros.
In many large metros / cities, between 70% and 91% of both murder victims and perpetrators have criminal histories.
These people are already prohibited from owning any gun . . .
Liberal hug-a-thug policies have allowed this violent, armed criminal underclass to operate and re-re-re--re-offend without any meaningful restriction:
"One thing we have to be aware of to give context
to this whole problem is that we are looking
at an urban problem. It’s much less a suburban or
rural problem. It really affects young minorities—
Hispanic and black males. I think that the suspects
devalue life, the victims devalue life, and the system
also devalues life. When you look at the shooting
victims and suspects in these neighborhoods, you
see 20 or 30 felony arrests, with eight convictions.
Often the convictions don’t result in any jail
time at all; they’re getting probation on top of
probation. . . . and it has made it very difficult for us
to establish a person as a convicted felon. . . .
in St. Louis, a weapons violation can turn
out to be no offense at all.
An individual will get arrested for a weapons charge,
which is a felony, and often they plead to that case
and get an SIS—a suspended imposition of sentence.
It means that if you serve out your probation, which
everybody does, that conviction is erased.
So if you’re arrested again with another weapon, you
don’t have a conviction on your record, so you’re not
a felon in possession of a weapon. If you continue to
get multiple SISs, you never become a convicted felon.
These offenders will often show up for other crimes,
and if they never have a conviction, then you’re never
able to put stiffer charges on them."
St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom
I support catch and release for fish, not violent armed criminals.
Note also that these repeat violent gun offenders NEVER get on the "prohibited person" list so they can go into a gun store and pick out a gun and pass the background check! So, just to clear dockets and keep prosecutor's "conviction" rates high, they let these guys out and expunge their records again and again and again . . .
This problem will be solved by restricting the rights of the law abiding?
Howsabout you TRY to control that small segment of society who have proven that they only use guns to harm and kill before you advocate controlling law-abiding citizens????
So, I would say that the USA allows ten times the number of violent armed criminals who are prohibited from owning a gun to roam the streets and kill people. That is the more important stat, the one that directly impacts the homicide rate . . . not how many legal guns are owned by non-criminals.