DoJ (Executive Summary):
On average there are about 11,000 firearm homicides every year. While there are deaths resulting from accidental discharges and suicides, this document will focus on intentional firearm homicides. Fatalities from mass shootings (those with 4 or more victims in a particular place and time) account on average for 35 fatalities per year. Policies that address the larger firearm homicide issue will have a far greater impact even if they do not address the particular issues of mass shootings.Further summarization of further findings:
- So-called "Assault weapons" are insignificant in terms of crime-use, and there are too many of them and "assault magazines" out there for anything we do today to have any impact on their non-use in crime. Quoth the Legal Eagles:
Since assault weapons are not a major contributor to US gun homicide and the existing stock of guns is large, an assault weapon ban is unlikely to have an impact on gun violence. If coupled with a gun buyback and no exemptions then it could be effective. The 1997 Australian gun buyback was massive in scale and, while it appears to have had no effect on gun homicide, Australia has had no mass shootings since the ban was put in place.
- Universal background checks won't work unless we add universal registration to the equation, and maybe not even then. Note this zinger in the text:
An NIJ funded study of the Los Angeles illicit gun market noted: “Results showed that many crime guns were first purchased at local—that is, in county—licensed dealers, rather than from out of state. That is, contrary to the conventional wisdom that crime guns were being trafficked across state borders from places with less stringent regulations, such as Arizona and Nevada, we found that a majority of the guns used in crimes were purchased in Los Angeles County.”
- Criminals don't get their guns at gun shows.
- Smart guns are stupid.
- So are so-called "gun buybacks."
- Quote: "Gun registration and continuous checks for possession eligibility", in other words, registration of gun owners, with periodic updates.
Universal checks are insufficient for ensuring that firearm owners remain eligible. Convictions, mental health issues, and restraining orders can develop after the background checks.
But he and his cronies in Congress didn't and don't care that none of these measures will have any effect on crime, they just want to control what law-abiding gun owners like you and me can own, and do.
Full .pdf text of study.
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