June 22, 2015

Repeal Rove

Republican strategist Karl Rove said on “Fox News Sunday” the only way to stop gun-related violence, like the Wednesday massacre at Emmanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston S.C., was to repeal American citizens’ Second Amendment rights.

Time to revisit the FBI 2013 Uniform Crime Report, Expanded Homicide Data Tables 14 and 15. These tables capture the number of felons killed while committing a felony- killed by police and private citizens. From 2009 through 2013 there was an average of 703 felons killed each year, 420 by police and 283 by private citizens. This mean that armed citizens are responsible for taking down 40% of violent felons in the US during the past five years.

Armed citizens do not have to quake in bedrooms waiting for some crazed individual to snuff them out. Who knows how many others were spared (mom's, children, innocent bystanders) because someone had the right and common sense to arm themselves.

For this same five year period the following is true:

1,427 felons were killed by citizens, 61% (862) used a handgun.
Annual  Average: 172
2,102 felons were killed by police, 77% (1,625) used a handgun.
Annual  Average: 325

These statistics do not include the use of other firearms such as rifles and shotguns.

People like Karl Rove want to see that end.
Karl Rove would like to see another 172 or perhaps even 200 innocent lives added to the nation's murders each year so that he can feel safe.

Welcome to the mainstream GOP's War on Guns.
They'll have the same success as the War on Poverty and the War on Drugs.


Doom said...

Far more than 172, or even 200, per year. There are many, many situations were people just let the criminal know they have a gun and the situation just ends. Many more than are killed. But then again, how many in the whole Republican party are on our side? By backing amnesty, they are guaranteeing even the watered down party they have become will be gone in decades or less. They aren't even on their OWN side. Doesn't matter to them, really, there will always be room for a sell-out watered-down bureaucrat who does what he is told by outside influences.

sig94 said...

Doom - It is estimated that there are anywhere from 800,000 to 1.5 million defensive uses of a gun each and every year in this country.