Need some information here, if anyone has it:
Has anyone done a study of how guns are used and where? Are guns used to commit crimes largely in urban or rural areas? Do guns have a greater non-violent use in urban or rural areas?
Am I right in suspecting that most gun violence happens in areas where guns are not needed to hunt, shoot snakes, and other rural necessities? Would one consider gun control -- or no gun control -- to be a matter for individual counties? Does gun control in East LA make sense, while gun control in West Texas make no sense?
Jeeze, sorry, tartarin ... I missed this. I'm not at my own 'puter right now, so my links list isn't handy, but I'll offer my comments and thoughts, anyway.
"Gun Crime" is a predominately urban phenomenon, from what I understand. I've also read that if one filters minorities and illegals from the statistics, the overall picture changes dramatically for the better. I've also seen it reported that more deaths-and-injuries-by-violence, other than suicide, are attributable to blunt-force trauma and stabbing than to gunshot, and that significantly more children are killed or injured each year by lawncare appliances and other household accidents than by firearms. A strikingly disproportionate incidence of gun crime involves drugs, alcohol, or both. Adult-on-adult domestic violence accounts for the largerst portion of in-home gun crime. A notable majority of firearms involved in guncrime were obtained by the user through other-than-regulation-compliant means. Adult, licensed firearm owners of legally registered guns are disproportionately unrepresented in gun crime statistics. The statiscal incidence of gun crime in states bordering Canadian provinces, with much more restrictive gun law, have essential balance, no marked difference one way or the other, though I do recall that The Yukon and Northwest Territoties were abberationally higher in guncrime than contiguous Alaska, and that even with Montreal Metro removed from the equations, in Vermont, which has what amounts to no gun law, gun crime is notably lower than among their demographically and economically similar Canadian brethren. Vermont in fact has the lowest crime rate in the nation. I see no reason to suspect any of the foregoing.
I also don't dismiss the tragedy of gun death, or of any unnatural death, period. Not too long ago, a very good freind was killed in a stupid, careless, bone-headed, negligent hunting accident. I was one of the First Responders at the scene. He died in the helicopter on the way to the trauma center. I went with a Deputy Sheriff to tell his wife. His daughter's highschool graduation was this May. Damn, he was lookin' forward to that. We sure miss him. Oddly enough, about ten years ago, the guy's cousin had been killed right in that same patch of woods. A long-dead, wind-damaged, dangerously hanging tree he was attempting to clear from the fire access road crushed him. I no more blame the gun for my buddy's unnecessary death than I blame the chainsaw for his cousin's.