Gun show fears unsupported by stats |

Gun show fears unsupported by stats

On the issue of whether or not Nevada County should ban gun shows from the fairgrounds:

The Department of Justice has found that less than 2 percent of the state prison inmates who used firearms obtained them from a gun show. That’s the same figure the National Institute of Justice came up with four years ago.

The National Center for Health Statistics reports that the fatal firearm accident per capita rate fell to an all-time low in 1996. The new rate, 0.4 per 100,000 population, represents an 88 percent decrease from the all-time high recorded in 1904, and is well below the rates for other types of fatal accidents, including motor vehicles (16.3), falls (5.6), poisoning (3.6), fires (1.4), drowning (1.3), choking on ingested objects (1.2), and medical mistakes (1.1).

Since 1930, the fatal firearm accident rate has been cut by more than half, even though the population has doubled and the number of firearms owned has quadrupled.

I feel great sorrow for the Wilcox family’s tragic loss, but I am compelled to make the following observation.

The Religious Society of Friends (commonly known as Quakers) were persecuted in their native England since the time of their inception as a group in the 17th century. They began to immigrate to the American Colonies in the 1660s.

The Friends’ literal interpretation of the Scriptures, including “Do not resist one who is evil” (Matthew 5:39) motivates their refusal to engage in any act of violence – even resisting attack.

Herein lies a great irony. When England sent the world’s mightiest army to subdue those same American Colonies in 1770, it was America’s citizen-soldiers who won us all the right to worship God in the manner of our choosing.

Our professional armed forces exist to fight our foreign wars, but they are controlled by generals who in turn are controlled by politicians. The fate of the American people and the American homeland will forever rest with the people themselves. Thus we must forever remain an armed and vigilant population.

Randy Richey

Nevada City

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