The statistics for 2020 gun crime are bad. They’re very, very bad and so far, the numbers for 2021 are even worse. In 2020, there were 20,000 people killed by people with guns in the United States; between January to the end of May 2021, there were already 8,100 killed with guns.
Gun purchases are way up and people are scared. The streets are not safe: especially in blue cities. As you can imagine, leftists and liberals are blaming guns for the rise in violence. Here’s why they’re wrong.
Why Liberals are Wrong About the Rise in Gun Crime
The rise in gun crime is a serious problem. There is zero doubt about that. Last year, we had almost a 70% rise in gun purchases over 2019 as well, so the fact that people are buying more guns is also certainly true. More than 20% of the guns sold in 2020 were to people buying a gun for the first time as well.
Liberals argue that the pandemic, BLM protests, and crime wave could have been motivating people to buy guns. We’re even now in an ammunition shortage. The truth is that if owning guns caused gun crime, nobody would be alive in this country. It’s an insane idea that isn’t supported by any evidence.
On the contrary, blue states with tight gun restrictions and even gun-free zones have the highest gun crime in every case. However, they also have something else that’s driving gun deaths far more than the large number of guns that are owned in this country.
Let me explain:
#shootings in liberal cities are out of control… and democrats only speak against guns when is politically convenient.
— TakeTheDamnMic (@Elsinpaciencia) August 24, 2021
The Liberal Gun Paradox
Liberals talk about the danger of guns all the time, but something strange happens when it comes to gun crime. In fact, blue states like California are actively working to reduce jail time and increase bail and probation for criminals who are convicted of gun crimes.
In other words, the left has an obsession with restricting people’s right to own a gun for self-defense or hunting at the same time as it has a fixation on making it easier to commit crimes with a gun and get a slap on the wrist.
This is a recipe for disaster and social collapse. Cracking down on law-abiding gun owners while coddling criminals is a horrible, horrible idea.
Gun control solves nothing, instead have liberal judges and prosecutors not continue revolving doors for gang bangers when they don’t even charge perps for weapon charges they violate already on the books!
— John Connorski (@YSignal45) August 22, 2021
The Bottom Line
Another way in which the left twists the gun debate is by focusing on mass shootings and saying these shootings show the need for gun control. Meanwhile, they ignore the weekend bloodbaths in Chicago of dozens shot with illegal handguns constantly, including innocent women and kids.
The bottom line is that cracking down on legal gun owners or trying to tie the rise in gun ownership to crime is illogical and incorrect. Guns aren’t the problem; criminals are the problem.