From The Publisher- July 2016

As Gun Ownership Increases, Violence Across the U.S. Decreases

The Orlando, Florida, nightclub shooting that recently took place is the country’s worst terror attack since 9/11. Forty-nine people were killed and 53 additional people were wounded. The 29-year-old radical who shot the club-goers, Omar Mateen, was interviewed by the FBI in 2013 and 2014. However, they did not find him to be a threat. Because of the Orlando attack and similar attacks, such as the shooting in San Bernardino, California, the Aurora, Colorado, movie theater shooting, the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, and other tragic outings, the gun debate rages again as to what guns Americans should legally own and which ones they should not.

Liberals are using this incident to promote their agenda of banning all assault weapons. Conservatives are fighting any ban.

According to data, homicides by guns have actually dropped during the past 20 years.

In 1993, 185 million firearms were registered to Americans. In 2013, 350 million guns were registered. That is an 89 percent increase in gun ownership. During this same time period the violent crime rate dropped from 747 per 100,000 to 368, which is a 50 percent decrease in violent crimes that include murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. However, there is one thing that has gone up, and that is an increase in attacks from terrorists. Does the drop in gun homicides tell us that law-abiding American citizens can actually handle guns? The data would suggest this.

The FBI and police departments across the U.S. are vastly under-resourced. A recent article in Politico Magazine reports the FBI doesn’t have the manpower to keep track of the suspected terrorists and “people of interest” in this country. FBI Director James Comey commented that there is an abundance of open investigations in all 50 states concerning homegrown terrorists.

Based on these comments and data concerning response time to crimes by law enforcement officials around the U.S., we cannot always rely on these brave and courageous officers to respond immediately. Americans must be able to protect themselves. We have a moral obligation, and it’s common sense to do so. Banning assault weapons is not the answer. In fact, it is the first step toward banning other guns. Should a ban ever take place, the outlaws and crazies will be the only ones who own these types of firearms because these shady characters will never register or surrender their assault weapons. And this would put Americans in even more danger.

Terrorist attacks are going to continue, regardless if that is in the form of a gun, bomb, chemical attack, airplane, or other.

Guns are not the issue here; the terrorists are.