Below is the first relatively balanced Op-Ed piece I’ve read about guns in the last week. The hyperbolic screeching from the left wingers has been deafening. The MSNBC talking heads are actually foaming at the mouth while spewing their hate filled rhetoric. Let’s assess the facts:
- There are 315 million people living in the United States.
- There were 13,636 murders committed in the country in 2009 (most recent data) according to the FBI.
- Guns killed 9,146 of these people.
- Rifles killed 348 of these people.
- Only a fraction of the 348 people were killed with assault weapons.
- Twice as many people were killed with hands or feet than were killed by rifles.
I know libtards are math challenged, so I’ll do some calculations for them:
- Your chances of being murdered in this country are .0043%.
- Your chances of being murdered by someone with a gun are .0029%.
- Your chances of being murdered by someone with a rifle are .00011%.
This is really how we run a country? We are actually going to ban guns or put a cop in every school in America when these are the real facts? The American people really are sheep if they buy into this fear mongering and propaganda peddled by nitwits and numbskulls. Why didn’t we ban jet airplanes after 3,000 people were murdered on 9/11? Talk about deadly weapons!!!! Instead we spent $1.4 trillion on producing guns, missiles, and bombs to kill more people. The hypocrisy is overflowing.
Now for the reasonable discussion. There are a couple of ideas that seem to make sense to me. Let me know why these shouldn’t be put into place.
- Closing the gun show loophole and making it mandatory that every person who buys a gun has a criminal background check.
- Not allowing anyone who is under care for mental illness or is taking psychotropic drugs to own a gun.
- Requiring a certain number of mandatory training hours before taking possession of a purchased firearm.
I’m open to any other ideas.
Gun control questions have no easy answers
Thursday, December 20,2012
A COUPLE OF weeks ago, after NFL player Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend and then himself, some thought it was about time to have a conversation about guns and getting better control of them.
The suggestion was met with catcalls.
Well, how about now?
With the slaughter of 20 school children and six adults by a 20-year-old using a high-powered assault rifle last Friday, it seems a reasonable time to revisit the issue.
Already, there are calls for new federal legislation to outlaw weapons like the one used at the Sandy Hook Elementary to kill all those innocent women and children.
You don’t have to be a gun-hating, anti-Second Amendment proponent to wonder why such destructive and powerful weapons are still readily available to the general public. To the extent that it can be shown such weapons are a clear and present danger to the health and safety of any community, banning them should be considered.
But the fact so few murders actually have been committed with such weapons in this country should, at least, give us pause.
With so many other guns readily available for sale to private citizens, would the outlawing of so-called “assault rifles” really help cut down on the number of murder victims we see year in and year out? Or would it just be another feckless feel-good measure in the aftermath of such a horrible tragedy?
ACCORDING TO THE most recent FBI statistics (2009) there were 13,636 murders committed that year. Guns were used to kill 9,146, while rifles were used to murder 348. Of those rifle killings only a tiny portion were done with “assault rifles.” In that year, according to the FBI, almost twice as many people were murdered with “hands and feet” than with rifles.
There are an estimated 5 to 10 million AR-15 type rifles in circulation today. Are they as dangerous as we are being told? You bet. But only in the wrong hands. The same can be said for a Boeing 757.
So what should we do?
First, we would like to see a presidential or congressional commission set up to review current federal gun laws, their effectiveness and how they can be improved with an eye on keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and those with serious mental health issues.
The decision of any private citizen to own and keep guns obviously carries risks. Those risks can be magnified when a child or family member also living in the home has serious mental health issues.
NANCY LANZA paid the ultimate price for her failure to see the danger that her son – with access to her guns – posed to himself and their community. Her failure also cost the lives of dozens of others and the heartbreak of a nation.
If there are new laws that can effectively reduce the chances of such a horrible thing from ever happening again we’ll be happy to support them.
If ownership of a Bushmaster .223 were outlawed tomorrow, we’d lose no sleep over our neighbor’s lost right to own one. But neither will we kid ourselves that doing that will likely stop the next determined killer-in-waiting.
— Journal Register News Service