Shootings and homicides are way up as of late and this is common knowledge to most. They are up roughly 25 percent overall but the larger Democrat-run cities are struggling even harder. That’s because the rule of law has gone by the wayside. These are the cities that are removing police and causing all sorts of resignations with their talks of defunding them.
Now that most Americans on both sides of the aisle can agree that there is a massive surge in crime, the next frontier is deciding why it is taking place. Anyone who expected the liberals to be reasonable about this was deluding themselves. It won’t shock you to learn that they are doing their best to pin the uptick in violence on an increase in gun sales.
The Washington Post has decided to advance this theory. Wait until you get a load of the nonsense that they tried to print the other day:
“Researchers note a number of factors they say are driving the upswing, including the unprecedented surge in gun sales. In 2020, a year of pandemic, protests and elections, people purchased more than 23 million guns, a 66 percent increase over 2019 sales, according to a Post analysis of federal data on gun background checks.
In January and February of 2021, people bought more guns than they did during either month of any previous year in which such purchases were recorded. In January alone, about 2.5 million guns were sold, the third-highest one-month total, behind only June and July of 2020.”
There are other reasons for the crime surge but lets be honest here. The Democrats do not want to be told about any of them. If they are told that the endless protests that have been sparked by the BLM movement are to blame, things get quiet. That’s why they are trying their hardest to pin this one on a lack of gun control. That’s their go to every time something like this happens.
Joe Biden is already doing whatever he can to advance that narrative, giving speeches that pin the blame on illegal gun sales. What gun control would do to fix that is anyone’s guess. These are the issues that the Democrats neglect when they try to make everything about gun control. AP News has more about Biden’s latest bit of babble:
“These merchants of death are breaking the law for profit,” Biden said. “If you willfully sell a gun to someone who’s prohibited, my message to you is this: We’ll find you and we’ll seek your license to sell guns. We’ll make sure you can’t sell death and mayhem on our streets.”…
But there are also tricky politics at play, and Biden’s plan shows how few options the Democratic president has on the issue.”
Biden has every reason to pander to the liberals and pretend that this is the case. Meanwhile, The Guardian has been looking into the matter. They have not found any connection between the increased number of violent crimes and gun sales:
“Through July of last year, there was no clear association between the increase in firearm purchases and the increase in most interpersonal gun violence at the state level, according to a new study published in Injury Epidemiology, a peer-reviewed scientific journal.
The findings suggest that “we need to be looking at other factors, like job loss, economic change, the closure of schools and community organizations and nonprofits, and civil unrest,” in order to understand last year’s increase in gun violence, Julia Schleimer, the lead author of the new study, said…
It made sense that politicians and other public figures would point to the increase in gun buying in 2020 as a potential reason shootings had increased last year, Schleimer said.
But, she said, “Our findings, from this current study, in this particular context, are not supporting that.”
The study itself is well worth a closer look. Let’s try to find an avenue of research that is a bit more fruitful, liberals. Stop beating the gun control drum for a little bit!