Published DateTo the editor,
As usual, Steve Earle misses every point I make. The reason I get nauseated when hearing about the oh-so-touching burdens on the law abiding gun owner is that I am concerned about the law abiding victim first. Unlike Kelly Ayotte and her ilk, my first concern is not about the burdens to gun dealers but gun victims.
Once again, Steve attacks a study because the study doesn't agree with his right wing fantasies. I learned long ago to check the facts before attacking the messenger. Look for other studies, etc. If a study says something different than what Steve wants to hear, well, golly gee, it must be a liberal poll! Does anyone remember how sure the Fox Snooze pundits were that all the polls that had Obama beating Romney were fixed? The idiots STILL think Romney won and there were WMDs in Iraq! Well, that is the land Steve lives in. He hates facts which brings me to his 75 percent figure. Its not true that gun crimes are down 75 percent since 1993. (http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2010/crime-in-the-u.s.-2010/tables/10tbl01.xls) It's in the upper 40s. with much of it occurring 1992-2000.
But these figures are masking the truth: Regardless of any decline, we have a gun murder rate that is 20X the average of the rest of OECD nations' average (minus Mexico). (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/files/2012/12/firearm-OECD-UN-data3.jpg) So when I hear a right winger again parade this statistic, I get out another one of my trusty airline approved barf-bags because once again they can't see the larger picture. TWENTY TIMES! Homicidal maniacs of America! Got a problem? Get a gun!
On the matter of Chicago, yes, Steve misses the point again. Gun-nuts love to parade Chicago's strict gun laws as some kind of evidence gun control doesn't work. But they lie, distort and omit things. Illinois does not require a gun dealer to be licensed so 57 percent of the crime guns in Chicago come from outside of Chicago but in Illinois. Forty-three percent of crime guns come from other states with Mississippi, Indiana, and Michigan leading the way. Kelly Ayotte and her ilk are the people who open the doors for criminals to get more and more guns. And what is with the whining? By trying to keep more guns out of the hands of criminals we are constantly being told that we are targeting "law abiding citizens". What a load! Where's my bag?