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  • dph815
    August 12, 2018 at 8:52 a.m.

    Guns deads are not caused by the guns, it's whoever is holding the gun. Chicago has some of the toughest gun control laws in the country and we all know how effective they have been.
    Enacting gun control laws is a "feel-good" thing to do when people can't think of anything else. They don't want to tackle the underlying real problems that manifest themselves most in the black community (and hurt them more than any other segment of our population). Enough said!!!

  • BOLTAR
    August 12, 2018 at 9:27 a.m.

    How many shootings do not involve guns, dph815? Weapons AND shooters must both be addressed.

  • DoubleBlind
    August 12, 2018 at 9:33 a.m.

    dph - The suggested laws are for the purpose of keeping the guns out of the hands of PEOPLE who shouldn’t have them and are most likely to abuse them. No one who doesn’t fall into that category has nothing to fear from these kinds of laws being enacted.

  • Nodmcm
    August 12, 2018 at 9:34 a.m.

    How about dynamite? It used to be legal for anyone to purchase at your local hardware store, by the case. Dynamite was used in the largest school killing in U.S. history, the Bath School disaster in 1927. Imagine what things would be like today if dynamite could be purchased by anyone at Wal-Mart, 100 sticks to a case? But would we blame the availability of dynamite for explosions all over and places blowing up every day, or would we blame the individuals setting off the dynamite? If we got rid of the dynamite, like the federal government did in the 1930s by restricting its purchase to farmers and miners, would that cut down on or make a difference in the number of explosions and places blown up? How many times do you read in the paper about a criminal using dynamite to kill someone or to execute a crime? So do you agree regulation of dynamite sticks has had an impact on the use of dynamite in crime?

  • dph815
    August 12, 2018 at 9:54 a.m.

    So----again----Chicago?

  • Nodmcm
    August 12, 2018 at 10:08 a.m.

    dph: Great question about Chicago, that is, why do strict gun laws in Chicago not prevent firearm crime in Chicago? Let's get back to dynamite. So imagine dynamite is sold in Arkansas, at Wal-Marts all over the state, including in West Memphis, a short drive from Memphis, Tennessee. That's about how close Indiana is to Chicago, and Indiana has very loose gun laws. OK, so do you think anyone might drive over from Memphis and load up on dynamite in West Memphis, then take it back to Memphis and blow up something? That's the problem Chicago has with guns. Enact Illinois' and Chicago's gun laws EVERYWHERE in the USA, and then Chicago's story would be different.

  • Nodmcm
    August 12, 2018 at 10:16 a.m.

    dph: Please let me also address the issue of race you raised in your first comment. The Dem-Gaz article lists these states, among some southern ones, as being higher than Arkansas in per-capita gun deaths: Wyoming, Montana, and Alaska. Wyoming has one (yes, 1%) percent African-American population, along with Montana, and Alaska has three (3%) percent African-American population. So would you reconsider your statement that "the underlying real problems that manifest themselves most in the black community" are somehow connected to gun violence? Why bring race into this, when Wyoming, Montana and Alaska have more serious problems with guns than even Arkansas, and there are hardly any African-Americans living in those three states?

  • tngilmer
    August 12, 2018 at 10:23 a.m.

    The single group the 2016 FBI crime statistics say are responsible for:

    58.5% of all Armed Robberies
    51.3% of all Murders
    40.1% of all Aggravated Assaults
    35.8% of all Forcible Rapes

    These are crimes committed with guns nationwide and this group is only 3% of the total US population. REPEAT 3%

    Black males aged 15- 34, the main perpetrators are only 3% of the total US population, see any pattern here, or is that racist Nodmcm?

  • Nodmcm
    August 12, 2018 at 10:39 a.m.

    tngilmer: Thank you for those statistics, because they help us understand gun violence better. First, note that the Dem-Gaz article states that over HALF of gun-related deaths in Arkansas are suicides. This is the situation across America, that most gun-related deaths are suicides and not criminal assaults. Second, you are correct that African-Americans, almost entirely males, commit more than half of the gun murders in America, but you are wrong about the national percentage of male African-Americans, which is around six percent, not three percent as stated in your comment. Using your statistics and the Dem-Gaz article's info, we see clearly that in states like Wyoming, Montana, and Alaska, likely suicide is producing the high numbers of gun fatalities, and in the southern states higher than Arkansas in gun deaths, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, with high African-American population percentages, it is likely the gun deaths are split, like in Arkansas, between suicides and criminal assaults resulting in death. What this tells me is that in states like Wyoming, Montana and Alaska, EVERYONE there has a firearm (or many), and thus EVERYONE there has access to a firearm for purposes of suicide. The truth is not entirely or exclusively in the domain of either liberals or conservatives. The discerning voter and citizen must apprise a complex social phenomena.

  • abb
    August 12, 2018 at 10:45 a.m.

    Somewhere is a study that states that if you discard the ten (10) most violent zip codes in the US (all inner city, multi-generational democrat-led, mostly African American s**tholes), our violent crime rate would be the same as Iceland.

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