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.