While Americans know that guns take many innocent lives every year, many don’t know that firearms also save them.
On May 15, an attacker at an apartment complex in Fort Smith, Ark., fatally shot a woman and then fired 93 rounds at other people before a man killed him with a bolt-action rifle. Police said he “likely saved a number of lives in the process.”
On June 30, a 12-year-old Louisiana boy used a hunting rifle to stop an armed burglar who was threatening his mother’s life during a home invasion.
On July 4, a Chicago gunman shot into a crowd of people, killing one and wounding two others before a concealed handgun permit holder shot and wounded the attacker. Police praised him for stepping in.
These are just a few of the nearly 1,000 instances reported by the media so far this year in which gun owners have stopped mass shootings and other murderous acts, saving countless lives. And crime experts say such high-profile cases represent only a small fraction of the instances in which guns are used defensively. But the data are unclear, for a number of reasons, and this has political ramifications because it seems to undercut the claims of gun rights advocates that they need to possess firearms for personal protection — an issue now before the Supreme Court.
Americans who look only at the daily headlines would be surprised to learn that, according to academic estimates, defensive gun uses — including instances when guns are simply shown to deter a crime — are four to five times more common than gun crimes, and far more frequent than the roughly 20,000 murders or fewer each year, with or without a gun. But even when they prevent mass public shootings, defensive uses rarely get national news coverage. Those living in major news markets such as New York City, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles are unlikely to hear of such stories.
This is what the rest of the world fails to grasp. The United States does not have a Gun Culture it’s just that we are all armed. The majority of homes have at least a shotgun or a rifle in them and a third of our population has a handgun on them at all times. They put it on their belt, in their pocket or purse the way you put a wallet in your pocket. It is no big deal, and it has been this way for 243 years.
There are 500 million legally owned firearms whose use you never hear about as the article above explains quite well. A person who carries a Legal Firearm does not show it, flash it or brandish it in public. It’s not polite, anyone who does should not own one period. The purpose of handgun is self defense and self defense only. The ONLY time anyone should find out you are carrying one is when you have to use it to save yours or someone else lives.
What you do hear about are Places like Chicago, Philly, NYC, Detroit. These are the places where the 200 million ILLEGALLY owned firearms are used by criminals to kill and rob. In Chicago there are a 100 shootings every week. Not one of them is committed with a Legally owned Firearm, and everyone who uses them could never Legally Purchase a firearm. Yet all you hear is New Laws will change that.
The problem is the US refuses to hold it’s criminal population accountable for their Crimes. It has been sold as to do so is RACIST because these crimes are committed at a higher rate in the minority population than the white population. The truth is they are committed at a higher rate in these communities because the US government has destroyed them. They destroyed the Nuclear Family in the Black Population of America. Over 90% of all black children grow up in a home without a father. It is that simple. Any child raised without both a mother and father is going to run into major problems in their lives regardless of the color of their skin, but we’ve brought the black community to the point that a child with two parents is a rarity. While at the same time this child grows up without two parents we allow them to fail at school, to drop out and ruin any potential their life could have had. That will lead any child to drugs and crime regardless of color of their skin. In our major cities this is the cycle we have created for those trapped there, and they are trapped.
Those issues and that problem will take a century to correct, if it can be corrected at all. The Gun Violence problem can be solved over one 5 year period through attrition.
There is a set of Federal Laws on the Books for Sentencing people that commit a crime with a Firearm. These Laws are almost never used. In spit of all the Blood and Carnage in our cities these Laws are used less than 10% of the time and 95% of those incidents they are dropped in Plea Bargaining.
Here they are:
Firearms in Connection with Drug or Violent Crimes
Section 924(c) of Title 18 of the United States Code concerns the use of a gun to further a drug or violent crime. According to the U.S. Sentencing Commission, in 2019, about 7.6% of offenses involving guns were prosecuted under this statute.
Under section 924(c), if a person is convicted of having or using a gun while committing a drug or violent offense, the court must impose a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment in addition to and consecutively to the prison sentence of the underlying crime. That means the individual will receive two terms of imprisonment that run one right after the other as opposed to at the same time as each other.
The mandatory minimums for a conviction under this section are as follows:
- 5 years for having a firearm during the offense
- 7 years for brandishing a gun during the offense
- 10 years for discharging a firearm or for having a short-barreled rifle, short-barreled shotgun, or semiautomatic assault weapon during the offense
- 30 years for having a machine gun or destructive device, or a firearm with a silencer or muffler during the offense
- 25 years for a second or subsequent conviction under this section
- Life for a second or subsequent conviction under this section when the offense involved a machine gun or destructive device or a firearm with a silencer or muffler during the offense
Data from the U.S. Sentencing commission provides that of those convicted under section 924(c), 66.5% were subject to a 5-year mandatory minimum, 19.1% were subject to a 7-year mandatory minimum, and 14.5 were subject to a 10-year or longer mandatory minimum.
Armed Career Criminal Act and Firearm Mandatory Minimums
The Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA) under 18 U.S.C. § 924(e) provides that a person with three or more qualifying violent felony or drug crime convictions is subject to a mandatory minimum prison sentence.
The statute applies to persons alleged to have violated 18 U.S.C. § 922(g), which concerns possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. The U.S. Sentencing Commission reports that 67.6% of federal gun crimes fall under this category.
Persons prohibited from certain conduct pertaining to firearms include:
- Convicted felons
- Fugitives from justice
- Drug users or addicts
- Those adjudicated as mentally defective
- Those unlawfully in the U.S.
- Dishonorably discharged members of the Armed Forces
- U.S. citizens who have renounced their citizenship
- Those subject to a domestic violence protection order
- Those convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence offense
Any of the above individuals who possess, ship or transport, or receive a firearm or ammunition that has affected interstate or foreign commerce must be imprisoned for at least 15 years.
If these Laws were followed violent crime committed with a Firearm would be almost entirely eliminated. The cost of using the Firearm would not be worth the risk.
These Laws are NOT used because Mandatory Sentencing according to the Press and so therefore the Politicians is Systemic Racism.
So once again the United States does NOT have a Gun Problem, it has a Lack of Prosecution Problem.