If you listen to the anti-gunners in Washington (or Denver, or Albany for that matter), you would think that the rate of gun violence is at an all-time high. That something right now has to be done to stop this scourge of modern existence for the sake of the children. The thing is, it seems that nothing is further from the truth.
Gun Deaths Are at all-time lows
According to research from the Chicago Sun Times, both the numbers and rate of gun murders have plunged in the past twenty years. "Gun-related homicides in 2011 numbered 11,101, down from 18,253 in 1993 - a 39 percent decline, according to the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics. And the number of non-fatal firearm victims in the same period fell by more than two-thirds, from 1.5 million in 1993 to 467,300 in 2011. Separately, the Pew Research Center found that the nation's gun homicide rate had fallen 49 percent between 1993 and 2010."
Americans want Senate to Drop Gun Control
In a poll of more than a thousand adults by the nationwide Reason-Rupe survey found that, a staggering 62 percent of the population simply want congress to move on to other issues rather than gun control. Of course, this was split with some 83% of Republicans and just 44% of Democrats in favor of moving on past this dead issue, but nonetheless it shows that the American population at large is just tired of beating this dead horse.
Billionaire Bloomberg Sending Lobbyists to the States
Not content with helping to get the notoriously strict SAFE Act shoved down the throat of New Yorkers across the Empire State, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is helping to spearhead and bankroll a legion of 50 professional lobbyists. These fast-talking deal-makers are being fired like a salvo of birdshot from a wide-open choke across the country to each of the other states.
The mission: campaign for stricter gun laws to the nation's state capitals.
As reported by the New York Times the schmoozers are working for Mayors Against Illegal Guns and are keeping a low profile. "Some lobbyists working on behalf of the mayors' coalition say they have been given a piece of cautionary advice: avoid mentioning Mr. Bloomberg's name, for fear that it could alienate potential allies"
Things certainly seem like they are still on simmer. Firearms Talk.com will keep you in the loop.