By Law, those who own guns are suppose to have them registered and for those who cannot
own a gun, such as criminals with backgrounds of using guns in the wrong way and hurting
others intentionally, they will always find ways one way or another to own a gun. Most of
Americans will not register a gun.
In the United States during 1997, there were 15,289
murders. Of these, 10,369 were committed with firearms.
* In the United States during 1997, there were approximately 7,927,000 violent crimes. Of
these, 691,000 were committed with firearms. (1997 Uniform Crime Reports." Federal
Bureau of Investigation.)
* As of 1992, for every 14 violent crimes (murder, rape, etc…) committed in the United
States, one person is sentenced to prison. (National Crime Victimization Survey - Criminal
Victimization in the United States, 1997 Statistical Tables." United States Department of
* In the early/mid 1990's, criminals on parole or early release from prison committed about
5,000 murders, 17,000 rapes, and 200,000 robberies a year. (1992 Uniform Crime Reports."
Page 10. Federal Bureau of Investigation.).
* Americans use firearms to defend themselves from criminals at least 764,000 times a
year. (1998 NRA Fact Card." Viewed in January of 1999 on the National Rifle Association
) this figure is the lowest among a group of 9 nationwide
surveys done by organizations including Gallup and the Los Angeles Times.