With the president set to unveil his new plan on guns today, it is instructive to look at crime in the US. Fortunately, the government keeps such records and the FBI tabulates them so that we can identify trends across the country. There are plenty of tables and charts and graphs at the FBI website, but what is particularly illuminating is Table 12 of the Uniform Crime Report. It tells us how much violent crime is recorded.
The White House touts the figure that there are 30,000 gun deaths in the US each year. That's probably true, and it's a rounded off number, but if you go to the data, you find that in 2014 there were a total of 13,472 felonious homicides in the US. There rest of that 30,000 were suicides, which are recorded by the CDC.
Now, 13,472 murders are a lot, but not nearly as many as 30,000. If I can find the complete government numbers in just a few minutes, I'd suspect that the White House could too. President Obama's White House is being both disingenuous and obtuse with these numbers. The administration must t hink we're idiots to believe such foolishness.