Obama wanted a report on gun violence, and he got one, just not the one he may have been wanting.
A recent study supervised by the CDC and carried out by the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council found that individuals involved in violent crimes who defended themselves with a gun were far less likely to be injured than those who were not carrying a firearm.
The report ended up finding more benefits in regards to open or concealed firearm carrying than negative side effects. It is estimated that guns are used in defense up to 3 million times per year. Compare that with the number of violent crimes involving firearms in 2008–300,000.
The study cites that since 1983, there have been approximately 547 victims and 476 injuries of mass shootings. While a problem, mass shootings are not an epidemic as gun control advocates would have you believe. To put those numbers into perspective, thousands of people are killed each year by bats and human hands as Anthony Gucciardi has detailed in ‘A Brief and Bloody History of Gun Control.’
In my opinion, the report also highlights the area of the gun debate that is going largely unanswered. The report further confirms that most gun deaths are at the hands of those who used the gun for suicide–not homicide. Suicide by guns outweighs the amount of deaths caused by violent crimes by 61%. This is not a gun issue; this is a mental health issue, but the President and friends don’t want to focus on that side of things.
It will be interesting to see if President Obama makes use of this report in anyway. If anything, the facts in this report are a perfect example of real-life statistics outweighing opinion, rumor, and engineered perception.