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A friend of mine commented on my recent blog post entitled Surprising Results From Obama Mandated Gun Violence Study By CDC.
Though we disagree on a number of topics, I very much appreciate her candor and willingness to discuss hard issues. I have included her comments and my reply.
Long time! Thanks for posting this. I have something to add as regards the mass shooting issue.
The statistics don’t take into account the real cost of having assault style weapons easily available to the civilian population, which is psychological and emotional. Children today have never experienced what it is to leave the safety of their home each morning and not feel the specter of being systematically hunted down in their school.
That nightmare is always there, in the background, for our children and for their parents. This is a kind of domestic terrorism, in its effects if not its intent. The argument that these types of weapons are a bulwark against governmental tyranny is specious at best, considering the types of technologies the U.S. government has at its disposal.
The best way to ensure freedom from tyranny is to see to the health of our democratic institutions. And to privilege the rights of those who wish to possess these weapons of large scale destruction over the citizens who are held hostage to the reality of mass shootings is to abuse the notion of second amendment rights, which are ostensibly to secure freedom from tyranny.
That these types of weapons are still flooding our country is a financial victory for vested interests, and a source of national shame for Americans of all political stripes.
I honestly feel for our school children and the fear they feel. It should not be this way.
However let the facts stand – The report cited in the above blog, ordered by President Obama in 2013 and carried out under the direction of the CDC simple does not support your conclusions:
Fact – there are 300 million guns in America 200 million rifles and 100 million hand guns
Fact – from 1983 to 2018, a period of 35 years – 78 mass shooting events occurred -defined by the CDC as 4 or more deaths caused by one shooter in one day – as a result of these 78 events, 547 were killed and 476 injured – 1,023 in total. 1,023 too many deaths I agree, but hardly enough to change our constitution.
Fact – From 2000-2010 there were 335,000 deaths by gunshot, 61% were from suicide. During this same time 87% of all violent crime involved a hand gun not a rifle. Why are we focusing on rifles when in a 35 year period less than 700 have died in a mass shooting from the abuse of firearms, often a rifle. That is 16 deaths a year on average. To put this in perspective, 5,000 people die each year from food poisoning.
Fact – a semi automatic weapon is not an assault firearm. One trigger pull, one round fired.
Fact – 2008 – 300,000 violent crimes involving a firearm. During the same time, there were 1 million occurrences where a civilian thwarted a crime by possessing a firearm, that’s 3 crimes averted for every crime committed.
Other research shows that annually 88,000 people die in America from alcohol, 480,000 die from tobacco, 40,000 die in auto accidents and 33,500 die from gunshot.
In my opinion, all of these numbers are horrific. So why are we spending so much national attention on the lesser of these statistics?
I believe it is mostly because of media induced fear, lack of exposure to firearms, and a historic agenda to disarm the public. History is replete with accounts of an unarmed populace–regardless how they arrived at being disarmed–being tyrannized by an armed government.
It is not necessary for the public to have the sophisticated weaponry of the military to pose a significant deterrent to government abuse. Anyone who has spent anytime around firearms knows that even a single shot .22 poses the threat of serious bodily harm. An untrained civilian with a firearm scares me as much as you. So let’s remedy this by getting America trained and respecting firearms.
No act of Congress could ever stop people from owning firearms. We tried that “prohibition” approach with the 18th amendment and it failed miserably. And that was just over an intoxicant.
The better approach would be much more firearm education and training, better security in schools, much more Run-Hide-Fight training in the schools etc. We need to become more Anti-fragile.