Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level
and then beat you with experience.” -- Mark Twain

"Stay Strapped or Get Clapped." -- probably not Mr. Rogers

"Let’s eat all of these people!” — Venom

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Sunday, December 27, 2015

The Bitter Tears of the Hoplophobes

This year, among the socks and sweaters, bottles of wine, a large number of Americans will find another present: guns.

Gun shop owners across the US have reported a marked increase in interest in their products over the holidays. In November, the FBI ran more than 2.2m gun background checks, a 24% increase from last year. Gun background checks hit a new record on Black Friday, when 185,345 were processed by the FBI.
You can almost feel the angst.

On another note, here's an annotated chart of the American homicide rates for the last 130 years:
From here

You can draw your own conclusions.


Joe said...

The person who made that chart thinks gun control "suddenly" became an issue last year.

CenterPuke88 said...

I'm a little concerned that the chart isn't credited with labrls, a source and definitions. It's a common tactic for both sides to cherry-pick data and definitions. Following the links didn't turn up a source of the data or definitions. I'd be much happier with both.

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

Yeah, everywhere I've seen it folks worried the same thing but tracked it against FBI data and it matches up pretty good. The quality of pre WWI data is a little iffy, admittedly.

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

Or let Wikipedia do the tracking for you. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_intentional_homicide_rate_by_decade

And it also jibes there (gibes?). For the most part.

3383 said...

I can't easily present someone with a firearm.

California requires me to conduct such transactions at a licensed firearms dealer's establishment. Even parent to child.