“It’s just not the whole picture,” said Jennifer Doleac, an assistant professor of public policy at the University of Virginia, who studies the connection between gunfire and crime. “There’s a lot more gun violence than what is reflected in homicide rates.”
The more telling number about gun violence might be “shots fired.” And now, thanks to broader adoption of new technologies, it is getting easier to show just how common gun violence is in America.
Last year, there were 165,531 separate gunshots recorded in 62 different urban municipalities nationwide, including places such as San Francisco, Washington, D.C., St. Louis and Canton, according to ShotSpotter, the company behind a technology that listens for gunfire’s acoustic signature and reports it to authorities.
Please retrieve your lower jaw from the floor and return it to its locked position. I understand that this level of intellectual ineptitude is new and frankly awesome in “derpiness”, but we must try to remain calm and collected and not laugh so hard at them.
You have to understand that for the Gun Control Intelligentsia, every shot fired represents nothing but deadly violence. Do I need to remind you about one of the favorite slogans? Gun are specifically designed to kill! If you factor that in, then the study makes sense for them and every shot was done in anger.
My first thought after reading that quoted section was all those shots “in anger” that are popped every weekend across the country at different shooting activities. I went to the IDPA website and found the results of the MVSA Mountain Valley Regional in Hot Springs, Arkansas: 112 stages with a round count of 200 in which 168 shooters participated. That comes out to 33,600 shots fired during the match. Two days of competition netted one fifth of the alleged number of “violent shots” in what passes for scientific study. Yet, no mass killings, no brawls ending in High Noon shootouts among 168 competitive people carrying guns, not one of the usual predictions came to happen… but “shots fired” is a “better way to measure gun violence”… yeah right.
“But Miguel, they do not mean it like that! Besides, those are the results of a very scientific form of measurement by ShotSpotter in urban areas!” And I am not sold on that thing either. I have seen results first hand and where the “spotting” has been off by two blocks and even not recorded at all. I used to work in Miami Gardens where there is a decent amount of gang activity and saw first hand how useless the system was because if you are not only off geographically but arrive to the wrong location between six and none minutes after the fact, you pretty much get less data and results as if the incident was called via 911.
Some years back while enjoying some quiet time in my back porch during an afternoon, I heard several shots nearby three to be precise. My brain made a quick calculation and figured they were within a 4-block radius and they were high velocity rounds, probably .22 LR. I called 911 to report them and cops arrived at my door not long after. I explained what I heard and pointed at the general direction where the shots might have been fired. They replied with no amount of smugness that “no shots had been reported” meaning the ShotSpotter that covers our little patch of Miami Dade did not say anything. I insisted that I had heard shots and added that I was a competitive shooter, well used to gun fire and that if they reluctantly got back in their car and drove towards where I indicated. Some 20 minutes later, I saw them go by again, but this time with two young individuals in the back seat and I could not get officers to make eye contact with me. I wonder why.
So, I am not impressed with this “new” and “improved” way to measure “gun violence” as it is probably more packed with political manure than the Clinton campaign. And I give you one last piece of smoky beef jerky to chew on: “165,531 separate gunshots recorded in 62 different urban municipalities nationwide” in a year’s period. Does that include the celebratory gunfire during the Fourth of July and New Years? That is a bunch of shots right there.
But when your movement is slowly sinking into oblivion, you hold on to anything to see if it floats, even an anchor.