"legal" gun crimes info
Yossarian: As a retired law enforcement officer in the great state of Arizona I think I can address your question. The fact is that exactly 0% of so-called "gun crime" is committed by law-abiding gun owners. This is obvious because the terms "law-abiding" and "criminal" are mutually exclusive. This is a fact that has consistently eluded gun-control advocates for decades.
Do people sometimes purchase guns legally and then go on to commit crimes with them, as in the case of the moron who went on his shooting spree in Tucson? Regrettably, yes, but these are rare exceptions. This is the price we pay for living in a free society, and make no mistake the freedoms we enjoy are butressed by gun ownership.
Ownership of firearms by criminals is forbidden in every state in the US, and I have absolutely no problem with that, despite my unwavering support for the 2nd amendment. My reason for this is simple. You do nothing to stem the tide of crime by restricting the rights of the law-abiding. This is another fact gun-control advocates just don't get. It is this faulty ability to make simple connections that leads one to question the intelligence--or the real motivation--of the anti-gun mentality.
When I was a patrol deputy the most frequent gun related complaint was about hunters discharging their weapons too close to inhabited dwellings. On investigation the reporting person was almost always wrong and the hunters/shooters were always perfectly willing to go somewhere else.
When I worked narcotics it was very rare to find a dealer holding drugs and a firearm.
When I worked gangs there were some guns but nothing like you see in any run-of-the-mill Hollywood crime drama. No AKs or machineguns, no RPGs, mostly cheap handguns.
When I worked Homicide I found that only about half of all murders are committed with firearms. The rest were from beatings, stabbings, strangulation, vehicular homicides, etc.
Do criminals commit crimes with guns? Yes. Do law-abiding gun owners sometime prevent crimes with guns? Yes. Do gun-control laws prevent gun crimes? No. Do gun-control laws violate your Constitutional rights as a law-abiding citizen? Yes. Has it ever been wise to throw the baby out with the bathwater? Answer that one for yourself.