Wh,n it comes to the sources of crime guns there is a great deal we do not know. So first, study the graphic below, taken from an FBI Uniform Crime Report from 2010.
In that year essentially 35 percent of murders, 60 percent of the reported rapes, 72 percent of robberies and 44 percent of aggravated assaultes were not cleared by arrest. So for the most part, those cases remain unsolved, and the perpetrator is unknown.
We generally know what sort of weapon was used butwhat we know is that a criminal victimization was reported, and for the most part we know what sort of weaon was reportedly used. And that is all.
Our primary sources of information depends on prison surveys and the Bureau of Justice Statistics 50,000 participant National Criminal Victimization survey for that year.
that is a decline of 515 such crimes reported to the police in 1993, which would be a notable achievement if it stood alone, but the relaxation of gun laws resulted in a decline of 1,930,270 reported crimes in 1992 to just 1,1199.184 crimes reported to police in 2013, before the gun ban loggies got cranked up after Newtown.
The chart below, from a Department of Justice publicagtion, illustrates teh decline of crime after Americans began buying defensive weapons in 1992:
IN the late 198-‘s the Criminal Victimization Survey found as many as 40 percent of the guns criminals use were purchased from friends or relatives who were also criminals. Those numbers often come back to us today as “AAlmost half of crime guns are purchased in priave sales.” meaning sales between individuals that do not go through a dealer and do not requre a backgoun check.
From available numbers from the FBI, ATF, DOJ, and prison surveys, less than one percent of convicted felons have ever eve tried to buy a gun from a legitimate source, a dealer or a law abiding citizen.
With the warning that the following numbers are estimates caused by the fact that we do not know who committed a high percentage of gun related crimes, and we are equally in the dark about the gun used, these numbers have an estimated margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percent. With that…
But the primary source from prison surveys ha sit that 55 percent of crime guns are stolen and trafficked guns, carried from their rightful owners home town to some city such as Chicago for “street corner sale”
Another 34 percent of crime guns are purchased from some friend or member of the family who is also engaged in criminal activity. Sales within crime families.
And the balance of 10 percent come fromtheft by the perpetrator, and last, finall, and the end, less than one percent of crime guns were purchased by a third party on behoalf of the prohibited person.
Most commonly, that involves an innocent girl friend,” POSSLQ, significant other or spouse.
For an otherwise law abiding girl friend, it is easy enough to buy a gun for a loved one. Honest people do so to give gifts to loved ones, even if they turn out to be mass murderers.
In a typical case, someone like Texas Cghurch Shooter Devin Kelley would tell his wife that he was about to lose his job because jos bpss reqred jo to carry an AR=15. “Honey, could you please take this money and go down to the store and pick mue up a Ruger AR?”
Faced with that choice, most wome would have complied, on the double. Just as a New York mass killer’s girl friend did. And as innumerable other straw purchasers have done. Aome apparently on orders from the White House.
It is a sad fact of life that every law restricting access to firearms has resulted in either much more crime, or, if enacted during a period of decline in crime rates, resulted in a sharp reductin in the rate of decline. Just like in the United sTates:
(The latest gun ban effort is highlighted in red, and the supp;orting data for all information presented here can be verified at this link.