Jan
04

Gun crimes and statistics

You may wonder why gun crime statistics should shock you when statistics, in general, are either
largely ignored by the public or looked at with skepticism. It is true that statistics are not the
most exciting thing in the world and one may be excused for not bothering about them. But
you can’t afford to adopt a casual attitude towards gun crime statistics.

Do you know that 60% of the murders occurring in the United States are by the use of firearms.
Well, homicide is bad whichever way it is committed but the fact that a vast majority of
them are committed using guns adds a new dimension to the crimes. A killer will not only
find the gun an easy weapon to commit the crime but will also be more inclined to act
impulsively. Holding a gun can be highly tempting even for an average person to use it,
especially when he has a target at hand.

Therefore it is no wonder that more gun crimes occur in a society which has a higher proportion
of people possessing guns. Gun crime statistics show that the US has a larger number of gun
deaths per 10,000 citizens than even a country like South Africa. Ranking below South Africa
on this count is a definite pointer to the alarming situation of the disaster potential of gun
ownership.

We often come across instances of children getting involved in gun crimes. This is not surprising,
given the fact that about 39 percent of the children in the U.S. knew where their parents will
keep the guns. Perhaps you would like to know the percentage of children who know how to
load their parents’ firearms! So, gun crime statistics can neither be ignored nor treated with
skepticism and contempt.

 

Jan
04

Gun control statistics

Thanks for stopping in. We are looking for solid statistics and facts about gun control.