Gun Homicide Rate Down 49% Since 1993 Peak

Pew Research Center:  “National rates of gun homicide and other violent gun crimes are strikingly lower now than during their peak in the mid-1990s, paralleling a general decline in violent crime, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of government data. . . . Compared with 1993, the peak of U.S. gun homicides, the firearm homicide rate was 49% lower in 2010, and there were fewer deaths, even though the nation’s population grew. The victimization rate for other violent crimes with a firearm—assaults, robberies and sex crimes—was 75% lower in 2011 than in 1993. Violent non-fatal crime victimization overall (with or without a firearm) also is down markedly (72%) over two decades.”

ATF Says Weapons Used in San Bernardino Shooting Were Illegal in California

PJ Media:  “The media proudly reports that the firearms were purchased legally. They are trying to create the narrative that the current gun laws allowed this to happen. They want you to know: “Hey, this was all legally done. We need more laws to stop this from happening again.”  But not so fast.  It may be true that these guns were purchased legally, but they were not used legally and in fact, they were modified in violation of the California firearms laws, says the ATF.”

Mass Shootings Happen More Frequently In European Countries

Hypeline:  “A recent study by the Crime Prevention Research Center found that mass shootings happen more frequently in European countries.  Obama recently said,  ‘We as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries.  It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency.’  He couldn’t be further from the truth.  When you account for the population size of America compared to the countries Obama compares us, his statement falls apart.”

Violent Crime and Murder Are Half What They Used to Be

Reason.com:  “the FBI released crime statistics for 2014, the latest year for which data are fully available. In terms of violent crime generally and homicide specifically, those numbers are unambiguously good, with massive reductions in crime rates over the past 20 years.  In 1995, for instance, the violent crime rate (which includes murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) per 100,000 inhabitants was 684.5. In 2014, it stood at 365.5. For murder and non-negligent manslaughter, the rate was 8.2 and 4.5 in 2014.”

Gun Ownership Up & Gun Deaths Down Last 20 Years

The Truth about Guns:  “a Pew Research study from 2013. The article highlights Americans’ ignorance of the fact – fact – that firearms-related homicides have dropped precipitously over the last 20 years, even as firearms ownership has soared to new, previously unimaginable heights. Gun rights advocates clock the stats and conclude that more guns = less crime, what with John Lott’s book of the same name making that point in excruciating detail.”

Obama Is Wrong: Mass Shootings Do Happen Elsewhere & More Often

Investors Business Daily:  “Barack Obama stunned Americans and French alike on Tuesday with his false claims about gun violence in America. “I say this every time we’ve got one of these mass shootings. This just doesn’t happen in other countries,” the president claimed, as he has repeatedly over the years. Talk about being self-absorbed. . . . Obama isn’t correct even if he meant the frequency of fatalities or attacks. Many European countries actually have higher rates of death from public shootings that resulted in four or more murders.”

Small Business Owner Says Bank Denied Service Because She Sells Guns

The Daily Signal:  “A small business owner from Central Florida alleges she was denied service by one of the largest banks in the United States strictly because she sells guns. . . . On May 7, Craig called TD Bank seeking a new line of credit to buy inventory and produce advertisements for her small, 23-year-old storefront, Michael’s Pawn and Gun.  When a TD Bank representative pulled up the shop’s Facebook page and discovered that it sells guns, Craig says the representative told her, ‘We can’t lend to anyone who sells firearms‘.”

CDC Study Ordered by Obama Contradicts White House Anti-gun Narrative

New American:  “In January, following the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, President Obama issued a ‘Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence’ . . . . study refuted nearly all the standard anti-gun narrative and instead supported many of the positions taken by gun ownership supporters. For example, the majority of gun-related deaths between 2000 and 2010 were due to suicide and not criminal violence . . . . In addition, defensive use of guns ‘is a common occurrence,’ according to the study:

Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million per year, in the context of about 300,000 violent crimes involving firearms in 2008.