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Your Opinion: Gun violence based on politics, not evidence

Your Opinion: Gun violence based on politics, not evidence

February 10th, 2019 in Opinion

Larry Russell Johnson

Jefferson City

Dear Editor:

I read the Jan. 28 story by Joe Gamm in the News Tribune, “Missouri among states with most firearm-related deaths.”

Joe Gamm fails to mention mental illness, illegal immigration, and why states like New York, California and Illinois with significantly larger populations have less gun shootings than Missouri.

Chicago continues to be the runaway leader in sheer volume of killings and shootings. Chicago had 50 more homicides than New York and Los Angeles combined through mid-June, even though it is far less populous than both. By Jeremy Gorner, Chicago Tribune, June 30, 2017.

I am aware that gun violence is a highly debatable issue and the talking points about gun violence don’t square with the facts. Just for the record, states with the strictest gun laws have the highest number of gun violence. States with conceal and carry laws have the lowest gun violence and fewer home invasions.

The far left refuses to confirm the existence of black-on-black shooting or violent criminal illegals as part of gun violence in America.

Mass shootings account for a tiny proportion of all deaths. Of the total 33,594 who died in shootings in 2014, there were 21,386 suicides; 11,008 homicides of which 14 died in mass shootings; 1,200 other includes accidental deaths and war casualties. Course: CDC/Mother Earth. All figures 2014.

Although most crime is not committed with guns, most gun crime is committed with handguns. By definition, stolen guns are available to criminals. The FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC) stolen guns file contains over 2 million reports; 60 percent are reports of stolen handguns.

The epidemic of youth violence that began in the mid-1980s has been demographically concentrated among black youths. Youths kill more often than they are killed, and there is a great deal of crossover killing (in both directions) between adolescents and older people. “The University of Chicago Press Journals” Phillip J. Cook and John H. Laub

I agree that America needs to rebuild our mental health system. Prolonged use of alcohol or drugs cause brain deterioration and many forms of mental illness. Dietary deficiencies sometimes disturb the body chemistry and produce unusual psychological effects.

Objects of criticism include the Muslim refugees, refusal to conform and assimilate into the host countries’ culture, and the cowardly acts of terrorism motivated by radical Islam.