Here is is the latest agitation and propaganda, “Agitprop,” from Bloomberg’s Everytown against guns” propaganda group.
Listen to the video and how deftly Bloomberg’s PR people distort the facts. For example, that “300 million guns” Americans own? That assumes the average life of a gun is only 33 years, instead of over a century. The true number is within four percent of 740 million serviceable or easily restored to service firearms.
And that claim that gun theft is sweeping the country? Back in the 1970’s Americans lost more than a million and a half guns to thieves each year – but knowing the guns weoruld never be returned to the owner a third of those victimized by gun theft did not report the crime.
The decline resulted from the sharp decline in gun related crime, depressing the market ffor stolen “street guns” and cutting the street price by a third:
Also pay particular attention to Bloomberg’s flack admitting crime rates declined but does not say why, and says crime rates increased but does not mention either why the decline or why the increase is in progress.
The real reason is simple. Starting in 1992 Americans started buying every defensive firearm to hit dealers shelves. Criminals found crime a far riskier profession that they had found it, and many abandoned that trade.
And yes, crime rates are increasing and have been increasing since 1993, when Bloomberg’s “Everytown against guns” gun ban lobby began operations. Which is a case of adding injury to insult.
At the moment, the criminal underworld is estimated to have twenty million stolen guns available for sale, and 30,000 street guns are confiscated or discarded, meaning the criminals have a 500 year supply of stolen guns.
Obviously, even a total halt to gun sales would not curb gun crime for several lifetimes.
And Australia’s gun laws? They aare neither popular nor successful. This chart is a bit out of date, but even the heavily “fiddled” numbers released by the Australian Institute of Criminology, a government bureau, clearly show Australia’s gun bans to be a failure:
The only rate to show a significant decline after the guns were bought ofr a pittance first year murder numbers were up, without a repitition of Martin Bryant’s Port Arthur massacre, which took 35 lives.
While we only have Canberra’s word for the effects of Australia’s gun control laws, even a part of the truth is bad enough. Mentioning Oz gun laws as a model is the height of insanity. Especially from Bloomberg.
And one particularly ironic point is that Bloomberg himself prefers to live in his Jamaica estate, , where gun control has driven the homicide rate even higher than Chicago’s.
Perhaps Bloomberg likes dodging bullets.