Following the tragedy of the Newtown, Conn., shooting that left 26 people dead, including 20 children, there has been a lot of talk about increased gun control.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has reintroduced an expired “assault” weapons ban in the Senate, British CNN host Piers Morgan has made it his full-time job educating Americans on the dangers of firearms, and left-leaning filmmaker Michael Moore has pleaded with “frightened,” gun-loving Americans to resolve their “race” problems.
But here’s the thing: There are many facts and figures regarding violent crime in U.S. that have been left out of the debate on gun control. In fact, the data you’re not hearing about could make all the difference.
The following video from from Amidst The Noise entitled “Choose Your Own Crime Stats” tackles this exact issue.
“Does it not play into their fear agenda?” the narrator asks. “That, you know, you’re going to walk out your front door and get shot?”
He also notes that you can pinpoint where most of the crime is taking place, but when you try and bring that up nobody wants to listen. The implication? Instead of a national policy against guns, why aren’t we focusing on the problem areas?
And yes, he throws cold water on the argument that violence is less prevalent in areas such as England (much like TheBlaze has already done).
For instance, did you know that:
- Between 1992 and 2011, the violent crime rate in the U.S. has fallen by almost 50 percent (from 757.7 per 100,000 to 386.3 per 100,000).
- The murder rate in 2011 rate was 4.7 per 100,000, down from 1992’s 9.3 per 100,000. That’s a 54 percent decrease.
- In metropolitan areas where the population is greater than 250,000, the violent crime rate is double that of the national average.
- In metropolitan areas where the population is greater than 250,000, the murder rate is double that of the national average.
These are just a few of the facts you’ll hear in Amidst The Noise’s video that’s starting to make the rounds (and you might have seen it in your Facebook feed):
And in case you don’t believe Amidst The Noise’s presentation on violent crime, here are their sources:
- FBI Uniform Crime Reports Table 1
- FBI Uniform Crime Reports Table 16
- FBI Uniform Crime Reports Table 8
- Crimes Detected in England and Wales 2011/2012
“I’m a guy that lives in the country. I love America, but I’m concerned and I just wanted to let everyone know how I view the problems,” the video’s narrator, Billy, told TheBlaze in an online message.
“This is not just about guns. This is about a broken system. This is about a beacon of light that burned out long ago,” he adds.
UPDATE — Here’s a video from the video’s creator explaining who is is and why he made the video:
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Front page photo courtesy Getty Images. This post has been updated.