[ Media Bias |
Interesting Numbers |
The following information is from a number of different sources.
One major source is the Bureau of Justice Statistics (U.S. Department
Read and draw your own conclusions.
One statistic that Sarah Brady will love is that Homicides by
handgun have steadily dropped since the implementation of the Brady Bill
in March of 1994. The 1999 total has come down 42% from the
1994 total (Yes, the year of implementation was the highest homicide
by handgun rate in recent history). All of this
while there were 12,740,000 handgun sales between 3/1/94 and 11/29/98.
During the first month of the permanent provision of the Brady bill,
892,840 background checks were conducted. Or more
simply, the total number of firearms (legally) in the United States
has increased by more than 10% while the violent crime rate has been
reduced by 40%. (and the media tells us that John R. Lott
[More Guns, Less Crime, 1998] is wrong. Must be, for the media tells
- 10 to 1 - Ratio of anti-gun to pro-gun "news" items presented
by major television networks. Source - www.MediaResearch.org
- Accuracy in the Media Try a search
for "all publications, 1996-2000, Gun" and see what you get.
- 100 out of 1 million - The number of CCW holders in
Florida that have had their CCW revoked for cause. That is more law
abiding that almost any other measure.
- Unanimous and 94 to 20 - The votes by the Florida State
Senate and House of Representatives (respectivly) to pass the new
Florida law that states you do not have to try and escape if you are
being attacked. You may, if you think you are about to sustain serious
injury or death, use lethal force to defend yourself!
- 2 - CCW permits in Hawaii prior to a negative newspaper
- 1 - CCWs in Hawaii after the report when the police
chief's sister was deleted from the rolls.
- 44 - States with "shall issue" CCW laws
- 12 - States with "no permit required" CCW laws
- 3 - States with "Discretionary-Reasonable use" CCW laws
- 5 - States with "No-Right-to-Carry" CCW laws and
four of those will not issue AT ALL!
- 19.5 % - Texas CCW holders that are female.
- 92.62 - Percentage of respondants to a Time.com poll who
said "Yes" to the question: "Do you believe that allowing people to
carry concealed weapons reduces crime?"
- 8,400,000 - NICS background checks run in 2000. Down almost
9% from 1999 total (remember Y2K?)
- 1.4 Per Minute - Number of guns sold in California
during the final days of 1999, in anticipation of a new batch of
restrictive laws going into effect 1/1/2000 (If you roll in the
entire 50 states then it is one gun sale every 4 seconds (24
hours/day) - Nation wide - during that time).
- 67,000 - one day total of background checks on December 23,
1999. (that is one gun sale every 1.3 seconds for the entire
24 hour period).
- 536,000 - Total number of gun sales blocked by the NICS
check, of the 22,200,000 applications between 3/1/94 and 12/31/99.
- Less than .1% (Yes - that is point one percent).
Total percentage of people - rejected by the NICS check - prosecuted
for attempting to illegaly purchase a gun since NICS was started.
MOST of those people broke the law. Why were they not
- Less than 2 percent - Percentage of convicted criminals
that used a gun in the commision of their crime that got the gun
from a flea market or Gun Show (Source - Bureau of Justice
- 80% - The percentage of convicted criminals that used a
gun in their commission of a crime that stole or illegally purchased
that gun.(Source - Bureau of Justice Statistics).