It seems that there has been an overdose of gun crime statistics. We have been exposed to this kind of statistics in gun control debates that have been going on for a long time with both the sides sticking to their guns (No pun intended!) So, it appears that we have to look beyond gun crime statistics and look at gun control facts from a slightly different perspective. One reason for this approach is that the pro gun lobby does not seem to be moved by gun death statistics and keeps on advocating its opposition to any form of gun control. Another reason is that gun crime statistics have been heard so often that there is no need to repeat them.
Instead of quoting figures of the number of gun deaths, we can discuss the gun control pros and cons by considering the issues involved and the arguments advanced by either side. We do not have to quote gun crime statistics to bring out the fact that countries that have fewer guns have been witnessing fewer murders. Anyone reading this statement can understand the import of this finding. If someone is interested in looking at the actual figures, they can always look up gun crime statistics that have been published in newspapers, gun control articles, official reports etc.
The information we get from countries that have gone ahead with making gun control laws have more teeth have reported positive results. The gun crime statistics from these countries reveal that after these laws have come into force, there has been a steep drop not only in the number of murders but also in the number of suicides.
So, how do the anti gun control groups react to these reports? Unfortunately, they have not been impressed by these facts. Their attitude to gun crime statistics has always been lukewarm. Since the facts are not on their side, they employ other means. The NRA (National rifles Association), for example, has made no secret of its decision to not accept any compromise on the issue of gun control. It has been threatening legislators that it will work for their defeat in the primaries, if they do not toe the line of the NRA. The threat seems to be working, with some legislators making attempts to change the rules in such a way that organizations like the CDC will not be able to study gun violence.