As shocking as mass shootings are, they are responsible for only a small portion of all gun deaths in the US. In 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 39,000 people died of gun-related injuries (this includes accidental and suicide deaths).  Mass shooting deaths represented less than 2 percent of all gun deaths in the US that year — 451 of nearly 39,000 overall gun deaths.

Here is the homicide rate per 100,000 occupants in the top 10 cities:

Cincinnati, Ohio 23.8

Chicago, Illinois 24

Newark, New Jersey 25.6

Memphis, Tennessee 27.1

Kansas City, Kansas 31.2

Las Vegas, Nevada 31.4

Cleveland, Ohio 33.7

Detroit, Michigan 39.7

New Orleans, Louisiana 40.6

Baltimore, Maryland 51.1

St. Louis, Missouri 64.9

  1. Based on the above numbers by the source (Links to an external site.) , research the shootings that are occurring in these cities. Have they been “led” by democrats or republican policies?
  2. If “mass shooting deaths represented less than two (2) percent of all gun deaths in the US that year,” why is the “liberal left” trying to limit the AR15 and similar weapons? Could it be that once they do this to one or similar rifles, they could move further to the handguns?
  3. What are the gun restrictions in these cities, i.e. open carry, somewhat restrictive, very restrictive?
  4. How is the government going to get these weapons when they can’t even get the handguns off the street, where they have some of the toughest firearm laws in the nation?
  5. According to the following cite, (Links to an external site.) which mirrors other similar articles, statistics from 2016 identify knives as killing five times as many people as rifles. “According to the FBI, 1,604 people were killed by “knives and cutting instruments” and 374 were killed by “rifles” in 2016.” How and/or do we ban knives?

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