Thursday, June 23, 2016

Who's doing the killing and where

"Moments ago, the US Senate decided to do the unthinkable about gun violence — nothing at all. Over two years, when i was shot point-blank in the head, the US Senate chose to do nothing. Four months ago, 20 first-graders lost their lives in a brutal attack on their school, and US Senate chose to do nothing. It's clear to me that if members of the US Senate refuse to change the laws to reduce gun violence, then we need to change the members of the US Senate." — Gabby Giffords

MY POST from two days ago demonstrates the correlation between the federal assault weapon ban from September 13, 1994 to September 13, 2004 and a reduced frequency of mass shooting incidents and a dramatically reduced body count.

Here's a review of the numbers:

In the 12 years from when our tally of mass shooting begins in August 1982 prior to the Assault Weapon Ban in September 1994, there were 19 mass killings with 161 people killed and 185 wounded for a total of 346

In the ten years the ban was in place there were 15 mass shooting with 97 people killed and 197 wounded for a total of 294.

in the 12 years since the ban was removed in 2004, there have been 47 mass shootings with 411 killed and 361 wounded for a total of 772

Where are these mass killings taking place, you may wonder. In almost every state of the union. Red states are where a mass shooting has taken place. Unless noted with a higher number, there was one mass murder.

By race, who's doing the killing?

60% were white 

15% were black
7.5% were Asian
7.5% were other
6.25% were Latinos
3.75% were Native American

And what can we conclude? The Assault Weapon Ban worked — and it's not Mexican murderers you gotta watch out for, Donald you racist idiot; it's white people. 

1 comment:

  1. This makes me so sad. And with Citizen's United in place, it's legal for a member of Congress to be purchased by the gun lobby or any other lobby. Actually, the Congressional Rep has sold US, the people for whom they work and we do not get a say in the matter. They are the whores, we pay for it and the lobbyists get the benefits.