CRIME: Gun Violence


  • "Any time we have a horrific incident like a mass shooting, these things can have a tendency to become politicized.  One of the things that I would do to reduce - we are not going to be able to eliminate these things entirely - but to reduce the likelihood of this mass carnage is to get rid of these gun-free zones.  These gun-free zones - in theaters, churches, college campuses, elementary schools - are chosen by the perpetrator for a reason.  He knows that nobody is going to be able to interrupt him until mass carnage occurs. 

    

We ought to give people the individual freedom,
    the individual right, to under certain circumstances, like a concealed carry license, to go armed in these venues in case something like this happens, for their own protection and to have a chance.  Look at Chicago, Illinois.  Look at Washington, D.C., the Federal district.  If gun control really worked, those would be two of the safest areas in the United States; but, in fact, they are two of the most violent."   (Sheriff David Clarke, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, Voices Against Violence, CBS Evening News, October 2, 2015) 

  • Regarding "Gun Control," consider a statement from Virtual State of the Union.  The Virtual President talks about why politicians want to talk about gun control rather than crime control, and delivers the factual evidence and historical truths that make the case for the Second Amendment self-evident.  Published on February 21, 2013   For the latest from The Virtual President, go to
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_T-F_zfoDqI

Statistics
  • "There is a gun for roughly every man, woman and child in America."  (President Barack Obama, CNN, October 1, 2015)

  • Gunshot wounds are the 3rd leading cause of death for children.  Researchers say at least 1,300 children die each year from firearm incidents.  (Source:  KREM 2 News, June 19, 2017)

  • In 2015, at least 278 children under the age of 18 in the U.S. picked up a firearm and unintentionally shot themselves, or someone else.  ("Once upon a Gun," reported by the gun control group Every Town U.S.A., CBS This Morning, March 25, 2016) 

  • 350 U.S. citizens were killed overseas, as a result of incidents of terrorism from 2001 to 2013.  (U.S. State Department, CNN, October 2, 2015)  

    3,030 people were killed in domestic acts of terrorism inside the U.S. between 2001 and 2013.  This brings the total to 3,380.

    For every American killed by terrorism, in the U.S. and around he world, more than 1,000 died from firearms inside the U.S. during the most recent decade for which comparative data is available.  The gun fatalities cover all manners of death including homicide, accident and suicide.  (Centers for Disease control and Prevention, U.S. State Department, Julia Jones and Eve Bower, CNN, October 2, 2015) 

  • Over 13 years, 406,496 people died by firearms on U.S. soil from 2001 to 2013, using numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  (2013 is the most recent year CDC data for deaths by firearms is available.) This data covered all manners of death, including homicide, accident and suicide.

    350 U.S. citizens were killed overseas as a result of incidents of terrorism from 2001 to 2013.  (U.S. State Department, CNN, October 2, 2015)  
    3,030 people were killed in domestic acts of terrorism inside the U.S. between 2001 and 2013.  This brings the total to 3,380.

    For every American killed by terrorism in the U.S. and around he world, more than 1,000 died from firearms inside the U.S. during the most recent decade for which comparative data is available.  The gun fatalities cover all manners of death including homicide, accident and suicide.  (Centers for Disease control and Prevention, U.S. State Department, Julia Jones and Eve Bower, CNN, October 2, 2015) 

  • In 2011, the total firearm murders was 8,583.  During that same time, the total murders committed by all rifles, including assault weapons or semi-automatic rifles, was 323, or 3% of all murders.  Hammers and clubs killed half as many as rifles; and hands and feet murder twice as many; and knives kill 5 times more Americans than all rifles combined.  Preventable medical errors kill about 98,000 people per year, or more than 12 times as many people as are murdered in the U.S. each year.  That is more than 300 times the number killed by all rifles, not just the so-called assault rifles. Ironically, no one talks about limits on hammers or knives or knives or doctors or hospitals....because the good we perceive from hammers and knives and doctors far outweigh their perceived harm; and yet, studies show that firearms prevent anywhere from 800,000 to over 2 million violent crimes every year.  The lowest estimate means that 100 times more violent crimes were prevented with firearms than the total murders committed with firearms, or 100 times as many.

    The Second Amendment to the Constitution
    is there to protect the American people, giving them the right to keep and bear arms to defend themselves.  What we really want to ban is violence, murder and insanity, which are built into the human condition, and likely always will be.   

    When other governments disarmed their people, 12 million unarmed men, women and children were unable to resist being murdered by their own national, socialist government in Germany; and perhaps 50 million unarmed men, women and children were murdered by their own Union of Soviet Socialist Republics; and 50 million Chinese were murdered by their own government under Mao, who also disarmed his people; and in Cuba and in Vietnam, and in the killing fields of Cambodia.  Every one of these 100 million men, women and children, who were murdered after being disarmed by their own governments, were real and precious and irreplaceable.  (FBI statistics report, Virtual President of the United States, "Guns," Virtual State of the Union 2013, February 21, 2013,
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_T-F_zfoDqI
    )
What You Can Do
  • Help stop gun tragedies before they happen.  If you know someone who has a lot of guns or assault weapons, is experimenting with bomb making, and may be mentally unstable, contact law enforcement.  If you know someone who has been proven to pose an extreme risk of harming themselves or others, contact law enforcement. 

    A judge may be able to issue an extreme risk protection order to keep firearms out of the hands of those who are a threat to themselves or others.  This order allows families and law enforcement to petition a court to temporarily suspend an individual's access to firearms, if they are a danger to themselves or to others.  (Initiative 1491, passed by voters November 2016) 

  • Remember, and teach others, including children, to

    RUN
    !
    Run away to escape danger.  If running is not possible, or locking down makes more sense, then...

    HIDE!  

    If you can't run, then look for things to hide behind, even within that place to hide, to protect yourself.

    FIGHT!
    Defend yourself when your life is at risk.  If you are forced to confront the shooter, fight! 

    Learn how to prevent and survive shootings.

    Spokane County Sheriff Deputy Chris Johnston
    Crime Prevention Unit
    (509) 389-2771
    crjohnston@spokanesheriff.org 

  • "Ninety percent of school shooters have well-documented suicidal issues, and 30% of shooters actually say that suicide is their motive.  So, if we screen, meaning ask a few questions, we may be able to find people and get the help they need before things like this happen.  



    The questions about suicidal thoughts are quite simple.  You start with
    
"Have you wished you were dead?'
'
    "Do you wish you could go to sleep and not wake up?"
    '
'Have you actually had thoughts of killing yourself?"



    If (the answer) is 'No,' then you move on; however, if that is 'Yes,' then it is tiered, so we can, in a very feasible way, figure out who is really at risk and who really needs help.  



    Imagine that an employee of a gun store, or when somebody goes to get a gun license, all of these places, they could be trained to ask these questions, and maybe somebody who is suffering in silence will be identified before it is too late."  (Dr. Kelly Posner, founder of the Suicide Center at Columbia University, New York, Voices Against Violence, CBS Evening News, October 2, 2015) 
Additional Resources
  • SURVIVE an ACTIVE SHOOTER incident.  Training for individuals and groups in Spokane County.   All work places should have plans for dealing with Emergencies, including an Active Shooter.  FREE TRAINING by an expert. 

    Spokane Co. Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Johnston
    Crime Prevention Unit
    (509) 389-2771
    email: crjohnston@spokanesheriff.org