Stephen Paddock 64 year old devoured accountant. That has been purchasing guns for 20 years, with more than 42 guns found that he owned. He would be considered a collector, owns multiple guns. He had a license to purchase guns in at least two states.
Could we have identified him earlier? Not likely. The girl friend would consider him a gun collector. I do not know if the purchase of a bump adapter that uses the recoil of the gun to pull the trigger when the finger is held in a fixed position is legal in Nevada or the other state he had a license in. You can find you tube videos of this device.
I live near Chicago. The news never report the status of a gun used by a criminal because the vast majority are not registered. A licensed gun would support the premise of restricting ownership by registration rules. The deaths by guns are from gangs that have territory, rivalries, and obtain income by crime. They place little value on life. Basically societies with lower respect for the law and thus a high crime rate also place a low value on life. What are the facts?
So let us look at the data in Europe. “Prof. Don Kates and Prof. Gary Mauser – in their exhaustive study of American and European gun laws and violence rates, are telling: Nations with stringent anti-gun laws generally have substantially higher murder rates than those that do not.
The study found that the nine European nations with the lowest rates of gun ownership (5,000 or fewer guns per 100,000 population) have a combined murder rate three times higher than that of the nine nations with the highest rates of gun ownership (at least 15,000 guns per 100,000 population).
For example, Norway has the highest rate of gun ownership in Western Europe, yet possesses the lowest murder rate. In contrast, Holland’s murder rate is nearly the worst, despite having the lowest gun ownership rate in Western Europe. Sweden and Denmark are two more examples of nations with high murder rates but few guns.”
Volume 30, Number 2 of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy (pp. 649-694), set out to answer the question in its title: “Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide? A Review of International and Some Domestic Evidence.”
The blue line is the mean value of the data for different communities in America. As you can see more gun ownership in a community reduces murder. Why, the criminal does not want to get shot by a citizen with a concealed gun. He can not identified them so can not shoot first. And he can not shoot everyone.
Drive by shooting minimized the opportunity to get shot by members of the opposite gang but reduces the chances of hitting the target. A 22 year old neighbor of a relative of mine was murdered because she wanted nothing to do with an X boy friend, gang member in jail even before jailed. The drive by attempt failed. Since she had no gun the gang member got out of the care and shot her point blank range as she hid from bullets from the car.