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California Guns Sales Up - Violence Down

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by SBray, Jan 6, 2013.

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  1. SBray

    SBray Active Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    In the Sacramento Bee Newspaper (one of many liberal media sources) had an article on the front page titled: Gun-issue foes vie over why violence fell

    I have to start off with commenting that, being a resident of California often is a source of embarrassment when reading the news and understanding just how ridiculous things have become in this state. However, this article probably left the liberals with a knot in their stomach over banning guns to reduce violence.

    Basically California has seen a reduction in violence and a tremendous increase in gun sales. Pretty much the trend has to do with more law abiding citizens with guns and increased number of regulations, not banning guns. Even so, towards the end of the article the following researcher makes a comment that indicates to me he was trying to discredit the statistics by the following:

    Zimring, the UC Berkeley researcher, noted that gun ownership in California is much higher in rural, inland areas than in urban hubs like Los Angeles. Yet much of the decrease in crime over the last decade in California happened in Los Angeles County.

    Rural areas tend to have more hunters and more political conservatives who support unfettered gun rights than urban areas such as San Francisco, which had the lowest rate of gun sales in 2011.

    "Most of the places where people buy and own guns are outside the places with the most residents," Zimring said. "You have to be specific," when looking at gun injury and sales data, he added. "A state with 50 million people is not the right unit of analysis."

    Also in the paper was an article in the Forum, under Viewpoints, titled, "Regulating firearms poses no threat to 2nd Amendment".


    Regulating Firearms Poses no Threat to 2nd Amendment

    The authors wrote, " the Second Amendment does not preclude laws prohibiting the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill or banning "dangerous and unusual weapons" such as M-16 rifles... (courts) upheld a wide variety of laws... banning particularly dangerous guns like machine guns and assault weapons".
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