For the past decade, I have been telling my students that despite their belief that gun violence was rampant, crimes with weapons have fallen significantly. The main problem, I said, was the perception created by sensationalism in the media.
That doesn’t mean that gun violence has stopped and people should not be worried, but the notion that tougher gun laws are needed is simply wrong headed.
Now The Washington Post has weighed in with a story with similar statistics. As noted in the Post, fewer Americans are dying as a result of gun violence. In fact, such crimes have fallen dramatically in the past 20 years. I can hear the liberal wags canceling their subscriptions to their daily bible.
In 1993, there were seven homicides by firearm for every 100,000 Americans, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By 2013, that figure had fallen by nearly half, to 3.6 — a total of 11,208 firearm homicides. The number of victims of crimes involving guns that did not result in death (such as robberies) declined even more precipitously, from 725 per 100,000 people in 1993 to 175 in 2013.
The New York Times On Gun Control
At least The New York Times has not jumped off the liberal bandwagon. In one of the most tortured analyses in recent memory, the gray old lady lets its hair down in the first front-page editorial since the 1920s.
The illogical response to a significant problem with terrorism flies in the face of the statistics noted above. Here it is: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/05/us/gun-debate-yields-page-1-editorial.html
Here is Ross Douthat on the same subject: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/06/opinion/sunday/liberalisms-gun-problem.html
It’s sad that he doesn’t own a guy but plays the role of a conservative on the subject.
The Good Work Done At The San Bernadino Center
Lost in the chaos of the San Bernadino shooting was how much good work the disability center did over the years.
“Without the Inland Regional Center, Kristine Metcalf doesn’t know if her 11-year-old daughter would have ever learned to walk or talk.
“Since her birth, Metcalf has used the center’s services to help care for her disabled child. Kimie was born premature, blind in her right eye and with cerebral palsy. At age 4, she was diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer.
“But today, she is a spirited grade schooler who has actually spoken as an ambassador on behalf of the center.”
Christopher Harper is a longtime journalist, who reported in Europe and the Middle East. He teaches media law and international journalism. Send suggestions and tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.