A man was killed last week in Joplin outside a nightclub, at least one and possibly both men involved packing heat.
Oh, don’t ask why someone would want a gun with them during a night of drinking and dancing. I mean, what could possibly go wrong?
In any case, here are some stats on guns in America that I had not seen before:
♦ There are more than 129,817 federally licensed gun dealers in the United States, a staggeringly high number that almost matches the number of gas stations across the country—143,839. Think about that. Think about how many convenience stores you pass in a day and then think about all those folks out there selling guns for a living each and every bleeping day.
♦ There were 5,459,240 new firearms made in the United States in 2010, nearly all of them for American consumers. Not only that, we imported 3.2 million more.
♦ In 2010, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) ran 16,454,951 background checks for gun purchases. Of those, less than one-half of one percent—78,211—were denied.
♦ “Since 1998 there have been more than 151 million NICS checks. Each check doesn’t necessarily represent a single gun, just a single transaction. If one were to purchase two guns at one time, there would only be one check.”
♦ “According to the FBI Uniform Crime Report, between 2006 and 2010 47,856 people were murdered in the U.S. by firearms, more than twice as many as were killed by all other means combined.”
So, why should one be surprised when one sees this headline, even here in the capital of God-loving America: