In the so-called Gunshine State, home to the most gun permits in the country, firearm violence has fallen to the lowest point on record.Woo hoo! Take that you tea-sipping Libs. You know what that proves? More guns, less violence. 1 + 1 = 2, you sumbitches!
As state and national legislators consider gun control laws in the wake of last month’s Connecticut school shooting, Florida finds itself in a gun violence depression. The Firearm-involved violent crime rate has dropped 33 percent between 2007 and 2011, while the number of issued concealed weapons permits rose nearly 90 percent during that time, state records show.
Being a person who has watched Republicans distort the news for years, I naturally followed the link over to the Naples Daily News and, well....
Mirroring the 33 percent decline in gun violence since 2007, the violent crime rate also dropped 26 percent during that time, which could suggest other factors at play in causing fewer criminal acts.Oh. So the overall violent crime rate has also dropped 26 percent. Not only should this totally confound the NRA and its acolytes who are always warning us about the boogie man who is omnipresent and lurking around every corner (BUY A GUN!), but more importantly it should demonstrate that this drop in gun violence is simply following the overall decline in violent crime.
Funny how Gun Free Zone left that out.
Here's something else he forgot to include from the same article...
Florida statistics show murderers are increasingly using firearms. Between 2000 and 2005, Florida's firearm-involved murder rate never topped 3.5 per 100,000 residents. Every year since, it's exceeded that number. And in 2011, for the first time on record, guns were used in more than 70 percent of homicides.Wow.
I know that "Guns are being used to murder more and more people in Florida!" isn't exactly the way a well-regulated militia promotes their pro-gun fanaticism, but then again that's why they excerpt only select paragraphs and cross their fingers that their astute readership swallows their "facts," hook, line, and sinker.
Meanwhile, in Newtown, Connecticut, I'm sure dozens of families couldn't be more disgusted as asshats like Gun Free Zone happy dance on the still soft graves of their children as they promote the finer points of their extremist ideology.