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A shooter takes aim at a gun range in Mesa, Arizona.

A shooter takes aim at a gun range in Mesa, Arizona. (View larger version)

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  1. In a study analyzing death rates from 1950 to 1993 in 26 industrialized countries, the firearm-related death rate among children under the age of 15 was over 10 times higher in the United States than in the other countries studied combined.

  2. In 2010, The ATF initiated 10,072 criminal investigations into firearms cases, including illegal possession and firearm trafficking.

  3. According to ATF statistics, there were 5,459,240 firearms manufactured in 2010 in the United States. In 2000, that number was 3,873,210.

  4. There were 992,975 NFA (National Firearms Act) Firearms processed in 2011, up from 147,484 in 2005.

  5. Mandated by the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, the FBI launched the National Instant Criminal Background Check System in 1998, which is used by Federal Firearms Licensees to determine whether or not a prospective buyer is eligible to purchase firearms.

  6. Since the inception of the Brady Act in 1994, through the end of 2009, there were over 100 million applications for firearm permits or transfers that were subject to background checks and almost 2 million denials.

  7. According to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health, there is an association between household firearm ownership and homicide.

  8. In 2007, there were 182,479 injury related deaths in the U.S. Of those, 31,224 were firearm related.

  9. In 2009, the United States had a gun-related homicide rate of 2.98 per 100,00 people, more than quadruple that of any other G12 nation. In the same year, Mexico had a rate of 7.9.

  10. There are more guns in the world than passenger vehicles, approximately 875 million compared to 622 million.

  11. A study of firearm commerce concluded that 1% of licensed firearm dealers were responsible for nearly 60% of guns traced to crime.

  12. It is estimated that approximately 500,000 firearms are stolen every year from homes in the U.S.

  13. The financial impact of firearm-related violence is a debated topic, but one study estimates the cost of gun violence in the United States is around $100 billion a year.

  14. In a state-by-state comparison, Arizona ranked first in having the most permissive gun laws.

  15. Based on data from 1999 to 2007 analyzed from the Center for Disease Control, Arizona had the sixth highest firearm-related murder rate among US states.
15 comments
Robert Conklin
Robert Conklin

How could Nat Geo have allowed such journalistic crap to go forward.Your integrity, in my mind, is greatly diminished.

Brenda W.
Brenda W.

I had to become a member of this site just so I could LIKE all of the comments here!  I recorded this program on my DVR and couldn't even finish watching it.  Delete!  The comments made here are, at minimum, ten times more intelligent than one frame of this program.

Dan Hardy
Dan Hardy

There is no such thing as a gun show loophole. The law allows for citizens to sell guns. The gun haters agreed to this law. Or they could have blocked it form being passed.

Josh Shepherd
Josh Shepherd

Wow really? You know this is seriously the most ridiculous piece of information i have ever read and watched in my life. To whom every thought of the bright idea to make this show and share this false information, you are an idiot. When this nation falls to pieces you people are going to wish as you sit in your homes defenseless, cold, starving and no iphone to help you look up what to do, you will then wish you had an ak-47 or any type of weapon to help you obtain food and defend yourself when all hell breaks loose. Try and bring a knife and no common sense to a gunfight and you will die. This is exactly what the government wants to happen so they can control you. An armed nation is a safe nation!

Mark Johnson
Mark Johnson

I just got done watching this piece of "journalism". As a law abiding citizen, I am appauled at NatGeo! Why would a media outlet "intentionally" try to corrupt a person or business into committing a crime? Or why would a media outlet, after finding that they could not corrupt a business to commit the crime, then turn to doing somthing illegal themselves?

Then you use these "statistics" to attempt to prove your point. Where are the references listed to check on the validity of these statistics? Why didn't you use the FBI's Unifromed Crime Report (UCR) to show your point. As a former police officer, I have seen these reports, as well as prepared them. Put these against the CDC's and let us see the real truth.

In closing, I will not be watching much more of the NatGeo channel. If this is all it has to do, I can't in good faith support the channel anymore.

Teddy Hunt
Teddy Hunt

I learned a lot from this

-new York has gun bans, but their murder rate is 2 times higher than my state Nebraska 4 times higher than my town in which anyone can carry anywhere, which has open and concealed carry. (any non felon can own a gun)

-Mexico has total gun bans, but there murder rate is 2 1/2 times higher?

-#8 fbi says 18,000 homicides in 2007 so with a little math 31,000-18,000, means government guns killed 13,000 in 2007 (legal killings) That three times the number of  soldiers who were killed in 11 years of Afghanistan and Iraq, are the feds at war with America?

-number 15 is obviously misleading , Arizona is 6th but the first five are progressive liberal states that have massive gun laws and much higher murder rates.

-the guns the Obama administration sold to Mexican drug lords is not even shown here, they have killed nearly 300 civilians. Don't they think that should be a statistic? I mean government guns have killed around 260 million civilians world wide in the last 100 years, that might interest some people.

-government agencies and corporations like the federal reserve have recently purchases nearly 2 billion (yes billion)  rounds of ammo that are not legal in war (hollow points), they are only legal in killing citizens at home. Will that somehow affect this kind of article or the brady campaigns fuzzy math?

-I would like to throw in a number, approx. 1500 times the BATF told citizens they had violated federal laws and would be prosecuted for attending gun shows (legal activities) when congress spanked their butts , they said it was a mistake? They backed off their fear tactics, but I think all criminals should be prosecuted ESPECIALLY criminals who have federal funding.

-last concern.... will the guns Obama is supplying to the muslim brotherhood in Egypt and elsewhere be used in future statistics? I mean they are American made weapons, supplied by American politicians, they should be included in America murder stats.

Teddy Hunt
Teddy Hunt

I learned a lot from this

-new York has gun bans, but their murder rate is 2 times higher than my state Nebraska 4 times higher than my town in which anyone can carry anywhere, which has open and concealed carry. (any non felon can own a gun)

-Mexico has total gun bans, but there murder rate is 2 1/2 times higher?

-#8 fbi says 18,000 homicides in 2007 so with a little math 31,000-18,000, means government guns killed 13,000 in 2007 (legal killings) That three times the number of  soldiers who were killed in 11 years of Afghanistan and Iraq, are the feds at war with America?

-number 15 is obviously misleading , Arizona is 6th but the first five are progressive liberal states that have massive gun laws and much higher murder rates.

-the guns the Obama administration sold to Mexican drug lords is not even shown here, they have killed nearly 300 civilians. Don't they think that should be a statistic? I mean government guns have killed around 260 million civilians world wide in the last 100 years, that might interest some people.

-government agencies and corporations like the federal reserve have recently purchases nearly 2 billion (yes billion)  rounds of ammo that are not legal in war (hollow points), they are only legal in killing citizens at home. Will that somehow affect this kind of article or the brady campaigns fuzzy math?

-I would like to throw in a number, approx. 1500 times the BATF told citizens they had violated federal laws and would be prosecuted for attending gun shows (legal activities) when congress spanked their butts , they said it was a mistake? They backed off their fear tactics, but I think all criminals should be prosecuted ESPECIALLY criminals who have federal funding.

-last concern.... will the guns Obama is supplying to the muslim brotherhood in Egypt and elsewhere be used in future statistics? I mean they are American made weapons, supplied by American politicians, they should be included in America murder stats.

Gerry Gunn
Gerry Gunn

How about an undercover investigation of how the writers and producers of "Armed and Undercover" falsified data, distorted facts, and generally raised the bar for yellow journalism?

Gim Mer
Gim Mer

Please cite your sources, National Geographic.  Otherwise, we'll just assuming you're copying & pasting from Brady Campaign, Violence Policy Center, or any number of other organizations who actively campaign against firearms, private firearm ownership, and the Second Amendment in this country.

As always, remember, folks, gun control isn't about safety; it's about control.

Stephanie Dayle
Stephanie Dayle

Just so everyone is aware - *after* I posted my initial comments in regards to this episode, NatGEO or Inside: Secrete America or both CHANGED THE WRITE UP SUMMARY ABOVE to bullet out those 15 facts. I can only hope it was Van Zeller herself who did it (which would mean the comments made some sort of an impression), but it was most likely a lowly intern. 

You want to impress people with the whole 15 facts you added on here *after* getting called out?? Cite YOUR SOURCES. Which studies? Who made the estimates? Who did the state by state comparison? WHO analyzed the data from the CDC? Where are the numbers coming from? Include links! Internet Bloggers are held to higher standards than this episode of "Inside: Secrete America" - and at least they cite their sources and include links.

There is nothing "Secret" about any of this............? Except maybe where all those 'facts' suddenly came from.  I'll will check back in another week and see there is yet another new write-up for "Episode: Armed & Undercover" 


Stephanie Dayle
Stephanie Dayle

Facts?? What facts? Guess I missed them. "Inside: Secrete America" on Nat Geo - is apparently is a SCARY fairytale, errr I mean, documentary about guns, where crack journalist, Van Zeller buys a SCARY AK-47 found on Craigslist during a meet that they set up like a dang drug buy in a fast food parking lot complete with hidden cameras, and police surveillance in an unmarked. REALLY? Never. Not Once. During this whole charade of modern journalism, where not a single opportunity to make guns appear scary and evil was missed, do they even bother mention the little fact that while what they did may be scary to liberal America, the transactions were 100% legal in AZ. The show was completely void of any real facts and depended mostly, as these shows usually do, on generalities (stating "hundreds" or "thousands" or "many" or "most" or "lots" instead of giving exact numbers and backing those number up with actual sources) or 'GASP' showing both sides of the issue.

I especially love how she later claims to have "purchased an AK 47 online"-as if it was shipped to her or something, she found an ad online, she bought it in a parking lot (which was HER idea, no doubt for dramatic effect) big difference. Then they go on a SUPER SCARIER hunt for a 50 cal - listen to the even scarier music they played and you know it's SCARY. Also legal. Nothing illegal happened in this entire showcase of pretend investigative journalism. Towards the end she claims to have purchased 2 of the most lethal weapons in the world. Huh. Know what two of the most lethal weapons in the world really are just off the top of my head IMNHO? A FREAKING ARMED DRONE and the useful idiot commanding it. 

But I digress - I am not surprised, but as usual dismayed that this agenda driven falsity passes as journalism and that the millions of people who saw it (at least those who weren't smart enough to change the channel) are now even more terrified and misinformed about the issue as intended from this well crafted play of propaganda, so they can trot off to the polls and cast their vote out of 'fear' and for an agenda instead of for their own rights. 

Leave it NatGEO to make "Naked and Afraid" the best show on tonight.

Rs Meyer
Rs Meyer

Its interesting that this show is trying to make legal activities seem illegal or dangerous. Not only that they constantly mislabeled weapons and the capabilities of each weapon. Guess what Guns Save Lives. Don't like guns? Don't buy one.

Teddy Hunt
Teddy Hunt

My point is, if your considering cleaning up your state, pass laws more like Nebraska than New York or Chicago and you will reduce your murder rate 50% right away. prosecute the federal government every time they violate national and international laws and you will reduce killing even further. Don't spend any money on media outlets who cherry pick information and you will help reduce the publics misconceptions of reality.

Gun bans worked well for Moa, Stalin, Hitler, and Castro. But do you really want to live in fascist states?

Frank Benavente
Frank Benavente

@Stephanie Dayle I agree with everything you said. I guess these people don't know what ' Yellow Journalism ' is anymore. Sad times have come to America. Cancer.

Tom Gabriele
Tom Gabriele

@Stephanie Dayle Totally agree.  I kept watching because I thought that something really bad and illegal was going to happen.  As you said, the music and the way she spoke seemed like she was in a very dangerous predicament - which she never was.  There were no illegal activities at all.  She and her husband have a resume full of dangerous reports in the middle East and Brazil, to name a few, but this report was pure sensationalism -- what a joke!!