According to the US Department of Justice, blacks accounted for 52.5% of homicide offenders from 1980 to 2008, with whites 45.3% and Native Americans and Asians 2.2%. The offending rate for blacks was almost 8 times higher than whites, and the victim rate 6 times higher. Most murders were intraracial, with 84% of white homicide victims murdered by whites, and 93% of black victims murdered by blacks.
To my surprise, that turns out to not be a major part of the story. First, if gun traffickers are active in large numbers, then law enforcement would seem to be preternaturally inept at arresting them. Second, if legally purchased guns were being resold on the street for profit, then we should expect street prices to be higher than legal retail prices – the cost of purchase, plus the cost of transfer, plus the price of offsetting the risk incurred, plus a profit margin. That’s the opposite of what we see: street prices are usually lower than retail prices.
And the truth is that many American jurisdictions have gone as far as the Constitution allows them in banning people from carrying any sort of self-defense weapon.
Interviews by SV with 116 gun-owning non-gang affiliated youths (age 18–21) reveal prices paid that range between $250 and $400. Interviews with 11 local gun brokers, who handle a large share of retail transactions on behalf of importers, suggest most of their guns are sold for between $150 and $350. These prices are typically for guns of low quality, manufactured by companies such as Lorcin, Raven and Bryco. These names were often mentioned to SV in interviews and as noted above also show up frequently in administrative data on confiscated crime guns maintained by ATF. While SV’s inter-views do not include information on the condition of the gun, it is noteworthy that most pistols from these manufacturers listed on websites (such as gunsamerica.com) sell for between $50 and $100 (with a $10 mailing/transaction fee), even for those used guns that are reported to be in excellent condition.
Thus the price markup in the underground market appears to be substantial.
Wachtel: Well, the retail price on a gun like this would be somewhere around $125. In the illicit marketplace if you can buy this gun new but without filling out paperwork you'd probably be paying $250 maybe $300 for it on the street
TL:DR I think having a gun makes you somehow want/hope to find a moment where you can shoot someone."
Maybe I only know sane gun owners, but every gun owner I know thinks of shooting someone or being in a position where they could /ought to as the last thing in the world they want to happen.
we know that greater access to guns leads to more fatal accidents, but that these are thankfully few
Perhaps the most important distinctions that need to be made when looking at gun deaths are between homicides, suicides, and accidents.
But among the 12 states that don’t trust me to carry a handgun is my home state of Massachusetts. I wonder if that really makes anyone feel safer.
The study found higher rates of all types of violent crime in areas of high-density residential land use, even after controlling for overall population. The correlation was more pronounced in disadvantaged areas but held true in other areas as well.
All the instructors teach out of their own homes, or more specifically, as one said, “in my basement.” The police do a criminal background check on everyone appearing on their list, but I still don’t feel safe going alone to an armed stranger’s basement.
It seems the D.C. politicians who came up with this requirement never considered the impact on a woman trying to register a gun. Forcing us to go to a strange man’s house in another state to take a gun safety class is not something the police should be requiring.
All he's saying is that if you SEPARATE OUT the young black men, then AMERICA (which will be rid of the young black men) will be at good levels. you just need to somehow REMOVE this OUTLIER from the REAL united states rather than lumping them in as, like, citizens or something. Chocolate Pickle just HAPPENS to be SAYING that WOW, LOOK what happens to how good the country gets when you REMOVE the young black men.
Someone had entered their open garage — the couple kept it open so they could duck out to smoke cigarettes — and stolen a wallet and credit cards, Mr. Ryan, the lawyer said. The break-ins rattled the couple, who are first-time parents with a 10-month-old.
. . .
Inside the house, motion sensors alerted Markus Kaarma, 29, to an intruder’s presence. Two recent burglaries had put Mr. Kaarma and his young family on edge, his lawyer said, and he grabbed a shotgun from the dining room and rushed outside. He aimed into the garage and, according to court documents, fired four blasts into the dark. Mr. Dede’s body crumpled to the floor.
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A hairstylist named Felene Sherbondy told the police that Mr. Kaarma had come into the Great Clips salon three days before the shooting and talked about how he had been waiting up with his shotgun for three nights “to shoot some kid.”
Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) today denounced President Bush's signing of S. 1019, the so-called Unborn Victims of Violence Act (UVVA), which gives separate legal status to a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus, even if the woman does not know she is pregnant.
"The so-called Unborn Victims of Violence Act (UVVA) is not intended to protect pregnant women from domestic violence or punish individuals who harm them," said PPFA President Gloria Feldt. "It is part of a deceptive anti-choice strategy to make women's bodies mere vessels by creating legal personhood for the fetus.
(c) Nothing in this section shall be construed to permit the prosecution—
(3) of any woman with respect to her unborn child.
rtimmel: This. I cannot think of the last time when I felt I was in a situation that was so physically threatening that I wished that I had a weapon. Now granted, my demographics - economically well off, middle-aged, male, hangs out in "nice" urban and suburban neighborhoods - play a huge role in that, but I am always surprised that such a large portion of people in the US feel the need to be able to quickly and easily kill someone in order to feel day-to-day comfortable.
Rich white man cannot imagine what life is like for others. This is not surprising - nor does it make you racist or "bad". It's a symptom of "white privilege", or less racially put, it's a symptom of the fact that your life doesn't expose you to all that's out there, good and bad. Nor is it particularly useful.
The UCR Program does not include the following situations in this offense classification: deaths caused by negligence, suicide, or accident; justifiable homicides; and attempts to murder or assaults to murder, which are scored as aggravated assaults.
I don't know if support for gun control is a white privilege thing, but it's absolutely, one hundred percent, a class privilege thing.
"I don't know if support for gun control is a white privilege thing, but it's absolutely, one hundred percent, a class privilege thing.
If you live in a nice, safe neighborhood, with police that respond to your complaints nearly immediately, and the government exists to protect you and your desires. If all of your personal belongings are insured, and all a burglary means is a temporary inconvenience. If you being mugged means the irritation of replacing ID cards, not the terror of not paying the rent. "
Violent crime in the United States remained close to two-decade lows last year but the murder rate was higher than in virtually all other developed countries, official figures showed Monday.
The survey said 14,827 people were murdered last year in the United States, well down from 24,526 in 1993, when the country’s population was smaller.
But the 2012 murder rate — 4.7 murders per 100,000 people — was significantly higher than in most other wealthy nations.
Number of Privately Owned Firearms
The estimated total number of guns (both licit and illicit) held by civilians in the United States is 270,000,000 to 310,000,000
In the United States, annual homicides by any means total
In the United States, annual firearm homicides total
The analysis finds that Alaska:
Had the highest rate of firearm deaths in 2010
Had the highest rate of children under the age of 18 killed by guns in the 10-year period from 2001 through 2010
When the overall state ranking for the prevalence of gun violence is compared with a November 2012 Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence ranking of states based on the strength of their gun laws, the comparison reveals a significant correlation between high rates of gun violence and weak state gun laws. Key findings from the national comparison include:
Alaska exemplifies this trend by having the second-highest rate of overall gun violence and some of the weakest gun laws, ranking 12th-weakest in the country according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
The 10 states with the weakest gun laws collectively have a level of gun violence that is more than twice as high—104 percent higher—than the 10 states with the strongest gun laws.
Of the 10 states with the strongest gun laws, nine are among the 25 states with the lowest levels of gun violence, including 6 of the 10 with the very lowest levels.
...a small group of "truthers" allege the shooting never occurred or was part of a ‘false flag’ operation designed to open the door to the confiscation of all guns by the government...
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