GOAL: Gun-Related Homicides, Assaults are Up Due to Failure of State Gun Control Laws

Gun Owner's Action League of Massachusetts (GOAL) points to latest statistics released by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as sign of failure for state gun control laws.

According to the latest statistics released by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s, Weapon Related Injury Surveillance System, gun-related homicides are up by 100 percent, and gun related assaults are up nearly 300 percent, since the landmark gun control legislation was signed into law in 1998. Gun Owner's Action League of Massachusetts (GOAL) highlighted the following statistics to demonstrate its assertion:

  • In 1998, there were 63 gun related homicides. As of the latest 2010 ISP report, there were 126 gun related homicides, up 100 percent from 1998.
  • In 1998, there were 96 gun related assaults that resulted in a Hospital Discharge. In 2010 there were 267 up nearly 300 percent since the Gun Control Act was passed.

“These figures, combined with our broken licensing system, show a clear need for a complete reform of the Commonwealth’s gun laws,” says Jim Wallace, GOAL’s Executive Director. “We look forward to working with our legislators to restore common sense reform that protects our Second Amendment civil rights while improving public safety. We know we can accomplish both.”

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Rob Hopkins July 12, 2013 at 11:32 AM
Fact: Since the Supreme Court decision of Roe vs. Wade, there have been 54 million documented, legal abortions in the USA. During this same time period, there have been less than 400,000 gun-related deaths in the USA. It seems to me, if people really wanted a MAXIMUM return on their investment with regards to an effort & initiative in saving/protecting innocent lives, they would go after abortion? I mean- it's well over a 100:1 ratio (if you really care about saving innocent lives). Just so you know, I am pro-choice. But I'm not a hypocrite either. I'm not saying "take guns away to save lives" out of one side of my mouth, then in my next breathe- saying "let's keep abortion legal to provide women a choice". Because you can't have it BOTH ways without me calling you a hypocrite and you losing all credibility in this argument. Gun control is NOT about controlling guns, it's all about controlling people!
Wind Dummy 25 July 12, 2013 at 10:18 PM
Rob agreed, solemn stoic contrasts. Pro choice is a neutral and has not saved one unborn. No matter what is argued or defended. Unwanted kids this, over population that...? It turns out to be a nine month think over. We are absolute primitives. A weapon save lives no doubt, but no weapon will save the unborn. the hypocrisy is chilling. The unborn have no say or rights in a free society.
Chris A August 08, 2013 at 06:36 PM
Red flag with these stats because they don't tell how many of these 'assaults' were with illegal owned guns. One pie chart shows 51% of the assaults were by blacks for example. STOP MISLEADING THE PUBLIC!
paul August 08, 2013 at 08:24 PM
Obama has been taking away guns for the last five years,..........oh sorry , every once in a while the G.O.P. in me from my parents D.N.A. makes me blurt out a lie.
Mel Cross November 19, 2013 at 09:03 AM
If we make murder illegal, it would then solve the the problem. ( liberal logic)........out law guns no one will get shot. Outlaw drugs then no more drugs........... maybe that is the problem librals are on drugs and live in fantasy land.


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