President Crybaby loves to talk about “common-sense gun safety laws.” He wants you to think that everyday gun owners (and especially those militia guys occupying a wildlife refuge in Oregon) are a significant threat to law and order in the United States. But you know what’s the real threat to American lives?
Violent Crime in the United States
The most recent year with the most comprehensive crime statistics is 2011, so let’s use that for the sake of argument. According to FBI and National Institute of Justice statistics on violent crime, the overall violent crime rate during that year was 387 crimes per 100,000 people (387/100,000).
During 2011, there were 14,612 murders, 83,425 forcible rapes, 354,396 robberies and 751,131 aggravated assaults in the United States. FBI figures tell us that 68 percent of murders, 41 percent of robberies and 21 percent of aggravated assaults involve a firearm. Oddly enough, federal agencies don’t track gun use by rapists. The Bureau of Justice Statistics says “roughly a twelfth” of rapes involve an “armed assailant.” That would be 8.3 percent. If we estimate high and say two-thirds of those armed rapists used a gun rather than some other weapon, we end up with an adjusted percentage of 5.6 percent.
That gives us this:
|Crime||All Crimes||Gun %||Gun Crimes|
All of that goes to say that, in 2011, about 317,648 of the 1,203,564 violent crimes in the United States involved a firearm. That boils down to gun use in 26.4 percent of all violent crimes.
Violent Crime in “Militia Country”
First, let’s look at Harney County, Oregon, which is where “Occupy Malheur” is currently taking place. This is a rural area, with a reported population of 7,126 in an area of 10,226 square miles. According to RecordsPedia, Harney County saw a total of 1,018 total crimes (and 83 violent crimes) between 2001 and 2008. That averages out to 127 crimes, and 10 violent crimes, every single year. Oh, the humanity!
Taking population into consideration, Harney County has a violent crime rate of 140 per 100,000 people. This is much lower than the national average. If we consider the county’s 10 violent crimes per year and assume criminals there use guns at about the same rate they do elsewhere, we can assume that maybe two or three of those annual violent crimes involve a firearm.
The protesters occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge have definitely broken some laws and probably done a small amount of damage in order to get into the building they’ve taken over. But according to all of the news reports I’ve read, they have not committed any violent crimes. So far, then, the “armed militia” members haven’t impacted the violent crime rate in Oregon at all.
Violent Crime in “Democrat Country”
You want to know where crime is really bad? In our big cities. According to a roundup on Law Street, these are the most dangerous cities in America:
|City||State||Violent Crime Rate||Murder Rate|
Detroit’s violent crime rate is 5.4 percent times the national average, and a whopping 14.8 percent the violent crime rate in Harney County, Oregon.
Think of it this way. Detroit has a population of 699,889. Based on Detroit’s crime rate of 2,072 per 100,000, that totals 14,502 violent crimes—3,828 involving firearms—perpetrated against the people of Detroit every year. That’s a violent crime every 36 minutes. In contrast, Harney County has a violent crime about every 36 days.
So looking at the most violent cities, what do they have in common? Let’s think for just a minute…
|Memphis||TN||A. C. Wharton||Democrat||63%|
|St. Louis||MO||Francis G. Slay||Democrat||54%|
|Cleveland||OH||Frank G. Jackson||Democrat||66%|
|Birmingham||AL||William A. Bell||Democrat||54%|
|Newark||NJ||Ras J. Baraka||Democrat||54%|
|Kansas City||MO||Sly James||Independent||89%|
(It’s worth pointing out that Sly James, the so-called “Independent” mayor of Kansas City, has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. Also, A.C. Wharton has been replaced as mayor of Memphis by Jim Strickland, also an Independent, as of January 1, 2016.)
Or, put another way:
|City||State||Voting for Obama|
Mr. President, Shut Up
So Democrats control the most crime-ridden cities in the country. The people there vote overwhelmingly Democrat. They elect Democrat leaders. And, according to a survey published in the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, about 70 percent of felons register (or identify) as Democrats.
And Obama thinks that the rest of us are the problem?
As Sultan Knish has pointed out, “America doesn’t have a gun problem, it has a Democrat problem.” So I’ll tell you what, President Crybaby … why don’t you figure out how to control your own people—you know … Democrats—and leave the rest of us the hell alone?