Some Facts About Firearms That You Need To Know

A firearm is defined as a portable barreled weapon designed to fire or launch one or more projectiles often driven by the action of an explosive force. The first primitive firearms came into existence during the 13th century in China. The earliest form of firearm is the single-person portable fire lance that was combined with projectiles. Eventually, this technology found its way into East Asia, South Asia, Middle East, and Europe. The firearms of old used black powder as propellant. Today’s firearms would use smokeless powder or other propellants. They have rifled barrels for added spin to the projectile for enhanced flight stability.

Modern day firearms are usually classified according to their caliber (e.g 45mm, .357) or their gauge, the kind of action they use (muzzle, breech, lever, revolver, semi-automatic, or automatic) and the kind of deportment (hand-held or mechanical mounting). Advancements in technology have paved the way for quieter, lighter, stronger, and reduced recoil technology, such as integral suppressors.

With violence on the rise anywhere in the world, owning a firearm may seem to be your best protection. In a recent study published in the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, it was revealed that there is a negative correlation between gun ownership and violent crime in international countries which means that more guns will translate to less crime. It is worth noting that in the United States is the most heavily armed country in the world at 88 guns for every 100 citizens.

In addition, countries with strict gun control laws have reflected a substantial increase in murder rates compared to the countries that have less strict laws. The FBI crime statistics revealed that states that have implemented Concealed Carry in America reported reduced murders by 8.5%, rapes by 5%, aggravated assaults by 7%, and robberies by 3%.

However, since 1950, every public mass shooting incidents in the United States took place in areas where there is a ban on citizens to carry firearms. Even with a strict gun regulations, Europe accounted for 50% of the 6 worst school shootings.

In Kennesaw, Georgia, the Mandatory Gun Law, enacted in 1982, required heads of household to maintain at least one firearm in the house. This resulted to a decrease in burglary rate by 89% in contrast to just 10.4% for the whole state. The rate of violent crimes in the city is still 85% lower than the state or national average.

Another interesting fact is that in the United States, there are 270 million firearms owned by civilians as compared to 897,000 carried by law enforcers. Also, 2 out of 10 gun owners own 65% of the firearms. Since January 2013, increase for gun rights has increased to 52% up from 45% as the percentage for seeking gun control has dropped by five percentage points from 51% to 46%.

In places where the use of handguns or firearms is illegal, there has been an increase in the number of violent crimes. In the United Kingdom, the ban on handguns resulted to 2,034 violent crimes for every 100,000 people. In the United States, there were 466 violent crimes committed for every 100,000 citizens.