NC Media Watch

A quest for reason and accuracy in letters to the editor, guest editorials and other issues of interest to the citizens of Western Nevada County.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

No gun crime epidemic

Jeff Kane writes Gun deaths mounting, April 6, 2005
Why do we permit this epidemic? When terrorists kill 3,000 Americans, we go to war. But when Americans annually shoot dead 10 times that number in what amounts to domestic terrorism, we respond either with half-hearted gun controls on the one hand, or on the other hand with proposals to protectively arm the entire populace.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics firearm crimes are declining:
Nonfatal firearm crime rates have declined since 1994, reaching the lowest level ever recorded in 2002 and 2003.
That does not sound like an epidemic to me. I could not find specific stats on fatal firearm deaths, but if firearm crime rates are going down, the use of guns must also be declining. One should not make sweeping generalizations from reading the headlines.

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