|Posted on July 2, 2017 at 7:50 AM|
As a young man, and even into my first few years into law enforcement I was a flaming liberal and an advocate of gun control. It was a little hypocritical on my part since I had access to firearms because of being in law enforcement. Over the years my opinion has changed to one of indifference to a strong belief in the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution.
One of the things I have noticed over the years, and even in my liberal days, is that statistics can be manipulated to side with any end of an argument. So take this article as you will.
This is also an interesting site to compare statistics on homicides around the world.
The reason I bring this is that media and the socialist anti-gun interest in this country tend to portray America as a shooting gallery with criminals, police and ordinary citizens slaughtering people, which is not the case. There are an estimated 300 million guns in America with 30 to 40 percent of Americans owning guns or having access in a home to guns. That is over 96 million people. You'd think we'd have much a higher murder rate than we actually do.
Statistically what you find is that the most murders are committed in densely populated urban areas in states where there are strict gun control laws. The fallacy of the gun control argument is that a tool or implement is responsible for murder and crime, so take it away, and you won't have murder and crime. This takes away the responsibility off human decision making and criminality and blames it on the tool. It also plays into a political "control" agenda where ordinary citizens have to depend on government for protection. Of course politicians and wealthy elites have access to firearms and or bodyguards behind their gated communities, but that is never mentioned.