“Evils which are not cured in one way will cure themselves in some other.” — Thomas Jefferson (1791)
I’ve been looking for a quippable quote off and on all morning that would suffice to sum up the disgust I have over the level of misinformation being handed out since the slaughter in Vegas. Last night, I read how one of our fellow bloggers was besmirched and outright degraded for her pleasantly put opinion that was probably more pro gun control than I am, ever was or ever will be. It saddened me. So, I’m going to try to introduce some facts for her future use in defending herself should she choose to do so. From what I’ve read, she’s nicer than me. She probably won’t.
Let’s be blunt. My idea of gun control is that if you have some sort of sidearm, you might want to use both hands. It makes for a steadier, surer aim. …and it’s always a good thing to hit your intended target in a manner that maximizes the stopping power while decreasing damage to anyone else around.
There are few things that those out there who think they know more than they do should take into consideration. Some of these are found in a recent FBI report on the attacks on our law enforcement officers and other first responders. It’s 180 pages or so but an excellent read from the brief skim I did last night. The study is called, “A Study of Felonious Assaults on Our Nation’s Law Enforcement Ofﬁcers”. It’s available online here:
Core messages found in this study that need to known and understood by all who wish to debate this with any degree of sensibility are:
- Even one life lost needlessly is too many. Moving beyond this emotional impact what might we actually have already determined as workable bits of knowledge as to our fundamental right to bear arms.
- Criminals don’t buy guns at gun shows. They are usually bought in street transactions or stole from legal owners.
- Any gun will do. Only approximately 1% of the criminals studied cared how much damage would be done.
- Criminals statistically don’t obey any gun laws.
- Criminals shoot instinctively with no attempt to align their targets. They don’t care if it’s a kill or just a hit.
- Today’s breed of criminal is hardened to the point of being ready and willing to kill instantly.
- The street thug mentality that has allowed survival is a shoot first mentality utterly ruthless and devoid of any concern for their victims’ safety.
The second thing needed is to put the numbers into context:
Based on U.S. annual mortality data:
- 88,000 people died from alcohol-related causes.
- 64,000 people died from drug overdoses.
- 44,000 people died by suicide, many related to drug and alcohol abuse.
- 40,000 people died in motor vehicles crashes, about a third related to drug and alcohol abuse.
- Guesses on how many gun related deaths?
Here’s how it actually breaks down:
“17,250 people were murdered in the US in 2016. In 70% of those cases, the assailant used a firearm. It is estimated that in less than 0.5% (one-half of 1%) of those murders, an “assault weapon” was used.” – paraphrased from:
So what is the real purpose that the leaders who head up all these rhetorical flourishes that go out for gun control and against gun owners? Is it your and my safety?
It is purposeful disarmament. We’ll discuss this more fully on future posts.
For now consider this, if a senior citizen has any difficulty handling his or her Social Security Administration or Veterans Affair’s benefit funds, the government currently maintains the right under the Brady Bill to strip these millions of gun owners of their Second Amendment right to bear arms. I kid you not.