Gun-control proponents are misguided

On Flag Day a march promoting gun control legislation was held in New York City. This misguided demonstration by three anti-gun groups supported by former New York City Mayor Bloomburg seeks to further gun control legislation on the federal and state level.

What the groups fail to acknowledge are the facts surrounding gun use in this country. Numerous studies, data analysis and crime reports by and for federal agencies have demonstrated that mass shootings, murders and other violent crimes by gun have actually decreased substantially since 1993. FBI statistics, which are available online, show this trend.

Recent FBI reports show that in the first six months of 2013 violent crime dropped 6.9 percent, and rapes declined 10.6 percent. A report from the National Center for Education Statistics finds there has not been a rise in school-shooting victims since 1993.

While the latest tragic news of school shootings and other mass shootings garner headlines in the news media, with many of the facts surrounding the topic clouded in emotions and knee-jerk reactions. Time after time, these killers pick places where civilian guns are banned. Around the world, virtually all the attacks where at least four people have been shot to death occurred where civilians were not able to use guns to defend themselves.

Recently, the group Everytown announced that 74 gun-related shootings occurred at schools since the infamous Newtown, Conn., shootings. That was a blatant lie, but it caught the attention of millions of people who will never be exposed to the real statistics. The incidents on the map include gang-related shootings near school grounds. About half of the total occurred on or near college campuses and had no association with the college.

According to available statistics, the United States is less violent today than it was 20 years ago. Gun sales and use have been on the rise over the same time crime and shooting are down. That is a fact and cannot be denied.

The right to own guns was set forth by the Founding Fathers and “shall not be infringed.”

More than 250 years ago, Benjamin Franklin said, “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

GRAY PITKIN

Gloversville