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CDC Report Validates NRA Positions On Crime, Gun Safety

Friday, April 13, 2001

On April 13, 2001, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report on trends in firearm-related deaths and injuries between 1993-1998. (see "Surveillance for Fatal and Nonfatal Firearm-Related Injuries -- United States, 1993-1998.")

The report was not released to provide new information to the public about trends in firearm-related deaths. Those statistics have been available for a long time (see CDC`s Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System and CDC Wonder ). Co-authored by anti-gun researcher James Mercy, the report was instead another CDC attempt to make a case for increasing the collection of firearm-related injury data anti-gun researchers could use to conduct "studies" reaching preordained conclusions in support of "gun control." (CDC has often used taxpayer moneys to fund such projects, provoking Congress to begin limiting the practice in 1997.) Increasing data collection, the "public health action" called for in the report, would serve anti-gun goals, because the data pertain almost exclusively to improper firearm uses (murders, suicides, and accidents). Defensive firearm uses rarely result in criminals being shot and other positive firearm uses (target shooting, hunting, etc.) are injury-free when properly conducted.

Regardless of CDC`s motive in this instance, its report makes a case against "gun control" and instead validates NRA`s position, namely, that to reduce deaths with firearms, you crack down on criminals and offer voluntary firearm training programs to the public. The report shows that firearm-related deaths decreased 22.4% between 1993-1998, primarily because of a large decrease in deaths due to assault, and it shows that deaths due to accidents and assaults decreased at a much greater rate than those due to suicide.

Year

Assault

Suicide

Accidents

Total

1993

18,839

19,213

1,543

39,595

1998

12,228

17,605

875

30,708

1993-1998

-6,611(-35.1%)

-1,608 (-8.4%)

-668 (-43.3%)

-8,887 (-22.4%)

Violent crime has decreased every year since 1991 and criminologists, sociologists, and law enforcement experts almost unanimously attribute the trend to criminal justice reform in the states and new law enforcement policies in local jurisdictions (both aggressively supported by the NRA), along with the strong economy, low unemployment rate, decline in the "crack" cocaine trade, and the aging of juvenile gang members responsible for drug trade-related violence in the late 1980s and early 1990s. "Gun control" advocates instead credit the Brady Act, but the Act didn`t take effect until 1994 and it never affected states in which most firearm deaths occur. Brady supporters claim that the Act reduced crime by reducing handgun purchases (a public health community goal since 1979), but the number of privately owned firearms increased by 37 million between 1993-1999 (BATF, Crime Gun Trace Reports, 1999, National Report, 11/00), U.S. handgun production peaked in 1993 and 1994 (www.amfire.com), and the number of Right to Carry states rose from 17 to 31 between 1993-1998. Also, firearm-related deaths decreased more among persons not subject to the Act. Through 1998, the Act affected only retail handgun purchases, limited by law to persons age 21 and over. Firearm-related deaths among persons of those ages decreased only 20% between 1993-1998, while those among younger persons decreased 34%.

Firearm accidents have been decreasing for decades. Each year 700,000 people participate in NRA firearm training programs conducted by 46,000 NRA Instructors nationwide. Since 1988, more than 17 million youngsters have participated in NRA`s Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program, conducted by more than 22,000 schools, civic groups, and law enforcement agencies.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Lawsuit Filed Against California's Assault Weapons Control Act

The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) today announced it is supporting, along with the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA), an important Second Amendment lawsuit challenging California’s newly expanded Assault Weapons Control ...

“F” Stands for Fail: School Jeopardizes Student’s Future for Possession of Squirt Gun

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Friday, April 21, 2017

“F” Stands for Fail: School Jeopardizes Student’s Future for Possession of Squirt Gun

Public education’s long-running “zero tolerance” war against anything that suggests the idea of a firearm (including, for example, clothing, gestures, toys, food, computer images, and favorable opinions of self-defense) has claimed another victim. This time ...

Brace Yourself: ATF Reconsiders Obama-Era Policy on Stabilizing Braces

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Brace Yourself: ATF Reconsiders Obama-Era Policy on Stabilizing Braces

News broke this week that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has reconsidered and “clarified” its Jan. 6, 2015 Open Letter on the use of stabilizing braces as shoulder stocks.

South Carolina: Senate Subcommittee to Hear Multiple Gun Bills Tomorrow

Monday, April 24, 2017

South Carolina: Senate Subcommittee to Hear Multiple Gun Bills Tomorrow

Tomorrow, a subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing to discuss several firearm-related bills, and subcommittee members need to hear from you.

California: Open Carry Ban Passes in the Assembly

Friday, April 21, 2017

California: Open Carry Ban Passes in the Assembly

Yesterday, the state Assembly passed Assembly Bill 7 by a vote of 44 to 29.   AB 424 was not considered during yesterday’s floor session, however it remains eligible for a vote at any time.  

Rhode Island:  House Committee Will Hear Over a Dozen Gun Bills Tuesday Night

Monday, April 24, 2017

Rhode Island: House Committee Will Hear Over a Dozen Gun Bills Tuesday Night

On Tuesday, April 24, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a marathon hearing on several anti-gun bills.

The Prosecutors and the Pagans: Two Sides of the Empire State’s Gun Laws

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Friday, April 21, 2017

The Prosecutors and the Pagans: Two Sides of the Empire State’s Gun Laws

Early this month, members of the gun-control group Prosecutors Against Gun Violence met at a “Manhattan Summit” and took the time to express their dismay and alarm over federal bills proposing national concealed carry reciprocity. ...

Chicago: Mayor Emanuel Demands Tougher Laws for Gun Dealers as Straw Purchaser Gets Probation

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Chicago: Mayor Emanuel Demands Tougher Laws for Gun Dealers as Straw Purchaser Gets Probation

On Tuesday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel met with representatives of the UCAN organization to make the case for further gun controls to combat the city’s violent crime. Chicago’s WLS reported that Emanuel used the opportunity ...

Illinois: Anti-Gun Legislators are Attempting to Sneak their Agenda into Unrelated Legislation

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Illinois: Anti-Gun Legislators are Attempting to Sneak their Agenda into Unrelated Legislation

Yesterday, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton proposed Senate Amendment 1 to his shell bill, Senate Bill 233.

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered as legal advice or a restatement of law.

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