Gun debate is D.C. theater

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The current discussion on gun violence is totally disconnected from reality. That reality is the actual data on the FBI website (go to fbi.gov, do a search on “expanded homicide data 2011” and select Table Eight). There you will find annual data for murder victims broken down by weapon type.

In 2011 (the latest data): 12,664 people were murdered, of which 6,220 were murdered by “handguns,” 323 murdered by “rifles” and 356 murdered by “shotguns.” There are 16 categories broken out. That includes 1,694 murdered by “knives or cutting instruments,” 496 murdered by “blunt objects (clubs, hammers, etc.)” and 728 murdered by “personal weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.).”

Our political class is at this very moment obsessing on the control of “assault-style weapons.” From the FBI data, a maximum of 323 people were murdered in 2011 by such weapons. Of course, if you were one of those people, or one of their family members, that is one too many. But in the broader societal context, more than five times as many were murdered with knives, and almost 20 times as many were murdered with handguns. Significantly more people were simply beaten to death, literally at the hands (or feet) of the criminal. So why all this focus on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines?

The obvious conclusion is that we are spectators at a political charade. The primary focus of controlling gun violence should be on reducing handgun murders. But that would require raising questions embarrassing to the political class as to the “who” and “where” of handgun murders. That would require a totally different focus than today’s meaningless Washington kabuki theater (with my profound apologies to the honorable, ancient art of kabuki).

Michael V. Gregory

Aiken, S.C.

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deestafford
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deestafford 02/02/13 - 06:35 am
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Excellent letter.

Thanks for the research...too bad those in DC either won't or have refused to do the same. The politicians want to give the impression that ours is the most "violent" in the developed world, yet when one looks at three countries which have banned guns--- Great Britian, Canada, and Austrialia--- and analyzes their crime statistics per hundred thousand, one would see each is more violent that we are. A lack of logic in DC is evident in many areas. Gun control and economics just being two of them.

Jane18
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Jane18 02/02/13 - 10:11 am
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A Very Informative Letter

Thanks for the very informative break down of murders committed, Mr.Gregory. Washington, DC leaders will never do the right thing, because "they have the minds of children"--no common sense!

dichotomy
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dichotomy 02/02/13 - 10:12 am
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"But that would require

"But that would require raising questions embarrassing to the political class as to the “who” and “where” of handgun murders."

EXACTLY Mr. Gregory!!! It would be politically incorrect and very embarrassing to focus on who is actually doing the VAST majority of gun murders.

Of course, we wouldn't want to confuse the American public with the facts. It makes their heads hurt.

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SFCRET85 02/02/13 - 10:19 am
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Great job of research, but a

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Great job of research, but a better job of description of the murders would have made this a perfect letter.

No one was murderd "by" a hand gun. Thousands have been murderd "with" a handgun and in many cases this was a weapon of convienience originally purchased for home protection.

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Bizkit 02/02/13 - 10:28 am
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Dichot reality and truth are

Dichot reality and truth are dead. Welcome to the new progressive reality-my bet a new bill of right like Roosevelt wanted maybe next. But this one will be takin' freedoms rather than assuring them. Ya know the progressive way. Fact mean nothing unless they support if that fails then emotions and sympathy. Manipulating the ignorant masses has a history of ending up with political mass genocides of those who don't obey. He has already assasinated one american citizen without due process without a word-what's to stop him from more.

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soapy_725 02/02/13 - 11:26 am
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Great letter !!!!!

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Let's look at murders by ethnicity and demographics. Not just by raw numbers but by incidents per thousand in group. A southern governor was once asked why a certain group killed each other more that other groups. He replied he did not know, but if someone would inform of the reason, he would attempt to remedy same.

Who knows? Does Obama know why? Why do some cultures value human life more than others? Why do some cultures resort to killing to finish every argument? Certainly some of Obama's elite thinkers know. They just cannot speak the truth.

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Jon Lester 02/02/13 - 11:30 am
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Dianne Feinstein will turn 80 soon.

Maybe it's time to restart the debate on age limits for service, as well as term limits. How our more geriatric leaders respond to that would be very telling, especially those on the side of limiting our gun rights.

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CobaltGeorge 02/02/13 - 12:37 pm
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Posted Before

I think this is the most complete survey and data to be used on the gun ban debate. It is very long but covers it all.

http://www.gunfacts.info/pdfs/gun-facts/6.1/gun_facts_6_1_screen.pdf

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allhans 02/02/13 - 04:46 pm
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We have no way of knowing

We have no way of knowing what the future will bring..
Do we want our children to someday be defenseless against our enemies..Just the thought of well placed nuclear bombs from an idiot nation should tell us to be wary.

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chascushman 02/02/13 - 04:54 pm
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good post george

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thanks for the post but it will not stop the liberal's lies.

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Darby 02/02/13 - 05:41 pm
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Why do I have the distinct feeling that..

the phrases, "shall not be infringed" and "every gun must be licensed to a specific individual" are totally incompatible with one another?

Maybe someone can define INFRINGE so that the above concept makes sense.

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Bizkit 02/02/13 - 06:28 pm
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You forget progressives only

You forget progressives only believe "christians" infringe on people. Some kind of aphasia when they read the constitution-they just can't comprehend that language or word. Progressives love to distort reality by re-inventing history and everything-it's that fundamental change Obama kept talking about-Dishonesty and lies, stealing from one group, murdering american citizens, abusing the economy for his "agenda". He has no economic plan other to maintain a middle and poor class to further the Dem voting base, make illegals of other countries, crimes or anything else voters to vote for Dems, destroy the GOP, destroy the constitution, destroy any resemblance to any form of morality, justic, or honesty. It's a New World.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 02/02/13 - 06:37 pm
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and Still

we haven't reach the level of Impeachment yet.......What will it Take?

Darby
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Darby 02/02/13 - 07:30 pm
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"and Still we haven't reach the level of....

... Impeachment yet.......What will it Take?"

You can forget about impeachment until there is a different president. One who is in office due to his own qualifications and not to a grandiose form of affirmative action.

He was selected in just that manner in order to provide insulation and protection from criticism. We have never had anyone elected to the presidency so totally unqualified and incompetent. Hopefully we never will again.

He's kept there and kept insulated by a fawning media, drooling such goop as David Maraniss gushing over BHO in writing, “People will long remember what Barack Obama said in Newtown,” and calling the speech “[Obama's] Gettysburg address.”

It hasn't been that long, yet who besides the most devout liberal has any idea what the TOOL said that day? For that matter, I doubt a single liberal could honestly quote a line from that day without running a Google search first.

And don't forget Chris Matthews, who took less than five minutes to compare Obama's second inaugural speech to the Gettysburg Address. "So much of Lincoln in that speech" the easily impressed (thrill up my leg) Matthews said.

No argument this political thug deserves impeachment for his constant assault on the Constitution, but it's never going to happen. He has better shields than the fictional Starship Enterprise of Captain Kirk.

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KSL 02/02/13 - 08:12 pm
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Right

Anyone who has ever said a negative word about 0 will probably wind up in a fema camp before impeachment is on the table for him.

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oldredneckman96 02/02/13 - 08:29 pm
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Osama

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A gun control liberal belives he can pick up feces by the clean end. Or at least he thinks he can convince you he can.

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Bizkit 02/02/13 - 09:18 pm
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Too funny Darby. Lincoln, a

Too funny Darby. Lincoln, a moderate Republican, just has so much in common with the Radical Progressive Democrat Obama. Isn't it just amazin'. Sheesh. Before Prez Abe was a Congressman in the Whig party which was directly against the Dem party. The Whigs supported the supremacy of Congress over the presidency and favored a program of modernization and economic protectionism. Abe was a staunch believer in the republicanism of the founding fathers too. Ooops. I guess Obama and Abe have absolutely nothing in common come thing of it. Fact I would wager Abe would be angry at an Obama who cursed one specific newa outlet (Abe owned german-based paper)and Obama telling Congress to get out of his way. Abe would be rolling over in his grave for such a sacriligious comparison. Abe had an almost relgious enthusiam for the Rep party and the end of slavery-although not a very religious man. We all know the Dem party was the racist party of the South. Another one of Obama's lies.

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