“Studying gunshot injuries in the D.C. area in the 1980s, Daniel Webster of Johns Hopkins University noticed an alarming trend – as time went on, more and more patients were arriving at the emergency room with multiple bullet wounds. In 1983, at the beginning of the study period, only about a quarter of gunshot patients had multiple injuries, but in the last two years of the study, that proportion had risen to 43 percent.
Over the same period, semi automatic pistols with a capacity of 15-rounds (or more) were replacing six-shot revolvers as the most popular firearms in the country. It’s not difficult to see the correlation – more bullets in the guns, more bullets in the victims.”(Maureen Mackey)
The first problem with is that the fact that author stated that the M9 replaced the Colt M1892 which was a .38 six shot pistol. However in 1911 the Military adopted the Colt 1911 chambered in .45. The Colt 1911 was a semi-automatic service pistol that was used in both World Wars, Korea and Vietnam. The Beretta M9 and semi-automatics weren't new to scene and weren't just replacing six shooters in the early 1980’s. We can also see at the beginning of the 1980’s was the rise of the War on Drugs. During the beginning of the War on Drugs gang violence was at an all time high all the way till the beginning the early 1990’s. It would be interesting to see where the study took place and see what the gang and drug problems were in that area. I would gather that the rise in the drug trade and gang violence had more to do with rise in multiple gun shot victims then the adoption of the Beretta M9 pistol.
The other point that she used was that gun ownership is actually dropping and consumers are not buying more gun.
“Right now, “the consumer market for guns is slowing down after years of rapid growth,” Maksim Soshkin, a defense industry analyst with IBISWorld, told The Fiscal Times. In recent years, “fears over more stringent gun regulations caused many consumers to go out and purchase guns, which they thought would be banned. Between 2008 and 2013, the FBI’s NICS [National Instant Criminal Background Check System] for gun purchases increased at an annualized 10.7 percent.”
As the dust settled and consumers realized “no nationwide regulation would be passed anytime soon, demand has begun to fall off,” said Soshkin. In the first half of this year, NICS checks decreased 5.2 percent as compared to the same time period in 2013, he said.“A lot of the recent rise in gun sales can be attributed to gun enthusiasts – many of whom actually own multiple firearms – with overall gun ownership actually dropping.”(Maureen Mackey)
While I can’t argue that gun sales are down over the same period in 2013, it is hard to argue that gun sales last year were off the charts. It was impossible to find an AR-15 and ammo for most of all of last year. I don’t know how the author concluded that gun ownership is actually dropping. The author shows no evidence of that statistic and from what I have seen is numerous new gun owners that would have not bought guns if it wasn't for the threat of a ban. Also concealed weapon permits are on the rise in virtually every state. Also when taking a look at NICS stats you have to take them with a grain of salt. If someone is buying multiple firearms at one time it only counts for 1 NICS hit, even though the person bought 3 guns. Furthermore in some states, such as AZ, if you have a Concealed Weapons Permit you don’t have do a background check so no NICS hit. With more people getting CCW permits I think NICS hits is going to continue to go down, and it will no longer be a good guide to see how well gun sales are doing.