Letter: Matt Chwalowski, Leesburg

Editor:  I fail to comprehend how proposed state laws will do any good to reduce the number of murders in Virginia. It seems to me that this is a political gun grab and not a fact-based approach to reducing murders.  

I do not see the connection between murders that were committed and proposed laws—they do not do anything to address them.These laws are like requiring air fresheners in cars to reduce automobile accidents; there is no connection between why murders happen and these proposed laws.

Here is why I reached that conclusion by reading 2018 Virginia State Crime Report (some numbers are approximations):

•There were about50,000 deaths in Virginia in 2018 (plus about 20,000 abortions).

• There were382 murders(280 with guns, the rest with other weapons) in Virginia in 2018;first, your laws do not address that 100 murders committed with other than guns.

•The majority of murders were committed by minorities in Richmond, Tidewater, Northern Virginia and several cities in southern Virginia, notably Petersburg.The roots cause is lack of coherent family structure resulting in 15-19-year-old gang murders.Some of murder weapons were stolen from policemen houses.

• The rest were committed with legally owned guns (mostly handguns).

• Most counties had no murders or one at the most.

• There were about 674 suicides in Virginia (I ignore them as people own their lives and there is little that can be done about it).

Can Senator Boysko please tell me that she examined these murders and concluded that proposed laws will make changes?How many murders happened due to a “gap” that will be covered by proposed laws?Or were criminals violating already existing laws?Are current laws working?Was the analysis completed and were the approaches to reducing murder ranked by their impact as to which will be most effective?

If such analysis was not done, why not?

We live in an advanced society. We need to act based on logic.If Sen. Boysko is serious to reduce loss of life, I suggest she focus on smoking related deaths and car accidents.

            Lastly, what laws are proposed dealing with mental illness? 

Matt Chwalowski, Leesburg

4 thoughts on “Letter: Matt Chwalowski, Leesburg

  • 2019-12-29 at 5:25 pm
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    Black Americans at 13% of population commit vast majority of violent crimes against other black Americans. Taken at Virginia’s population level of 8.5 Million, 382 murders are statistically insignificant and prove that there’s NO epidemic of gun violence or much of anything else for that matter. All Dem gun control focuses on law abiding gun owners, who pass state and federal law enforcement background checks with every purchase. So why do they focus on law abiding citizens? Unless it’s (as they have admitted) a gun grab. Reality and facts from both state crime and federal govt reports clearly show that gun violence is very low and you practically have better chance of getting hit by lightning, yet they persist. Much like our British overseers 250 years ago, we fought a revolution when the British tried to take our guns, so history repeating? Ask your senators and congressmen why is it that ATF is chronically under staffed and under funded? Is it because “crime epidemics” are good for business and votes? If ATF had 50,000 agents like CBP, they would clean things up in short order ( if gun violence was so prevalent as claimed, why not empower the agency responsible to clean things up)? Yet we still have starving kids, homeless families, poor education, no male /father figure in welfare families etc , especially in those communities mentioned in the state crime report, so instead of focusing on the root causes, they focus on the symptom and inanimate objects. No ones after the cars that kill tens of thousands or the medical malpractice that kills hundreds of thousands, so you must ask why is that, because it defies common sense and logic.

  • 2020-01-03 at 6:11 pm
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    —>”All Dem gun control focuses on law abiding gun owners, who pass state and federal law
    enforcement background checks with every purchase. So why do they focus on law abiding
    citizens?”

    90% of all Americans and 74% of NRA members support mandatory background checks for all gun purchases.

    —>”382 murders are statistically insignificant and prove that there’s NO epidemic of gun violence or much of anything else for that matter. ”

    Americans are 10 times more likely to be killed by guns than people in other developed countries. Compared to 22 other high-income nations, the United States’ gun-related murder rate is 25 times higher.

    —>”No ones after the cars that kill tens of thousands or the medical malpractice that kills hundreds of thousands”

    Car safety has been thoroughly researched for decades with strict measures put in place. Medical practice is strictly regulated to minimize malpractice. There will always be unintentional and accidental deaths but we constantly work to improve our safety standards. Not sure what this has to do with gun violence.

  • 2020-01-05 at 2:14 pm
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    Using Matt’s numbers from 2018 VSP Crime Report:

    8,500,000 population in VA.
    50,000 deaths, that is 0.5882% of total population.
    382 Murders, that is 0.0044% of total population.
    282 murders using guns, that is 0.0033% of total population
    282 murders using guns, that is 0.564% of number of total deaths

    Hardly an epidemic, or even statistically significant, and yet he wants to grab law abiding citizens guns. Guess Common Core math has decimated the Democratic Party.

    Here’s a tip for Governor, bring back Operation Exile, whereas if a criminal used a gun in a crime in VA, mandatory 5 more years tacked on. It was VERY effective, yet Richmond did away with it for some strange reason. Bring it back, if the Dems would focus on Criminal use of weapons, and enforce the Current gun laws, We probably wouldn’t even be having this conversation!

    For Jersey Girl,

    CDC statistics clearly show medical malpractice kills hundreds of thousands, and the US is actually at the bottom of the international list of gun violence nations. For vehicle deaths, even with all the regulations and laws, we still kill tens of thousands, yet we do t blame the car or the scalpel, we hold the accountable party responsible, I.e. hold the criminal accountable for crime committed.

  • 2020-01-05 at 2:37 pm
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    2017 CDC stats:
    Total Deaths in US 2,813,503 (0.852% of population) out of 330,000,000.
    Deaths by Homicide (all causes) 19,510 (0.0059% of population) out of 330,000,000.

    Even total deaths by homicide are insignificant compared to total population. Public perception of crime is at odds with data (Ignorance, Media fear mongering) or delusional thinking.

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