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Gun Control - Wherefore Art Thou?

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. 


http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/04/26/us-murders-concentrated-in-5-percent-counties.html


This is also an interesting site to compare statistics on homicides around the world.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_intentional_homicide_rate


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. 


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8 Comments

Reply Prowler
2:45 PM on July 6, 2017 
It's harder to get Guns in the Uk. The London attackers if had firearms would have killed a lot more people. Same respect t if a UK citizen had a firearm maybe they could have defended themselves and things would have ended quicker. So depending on perspective it's a double edge argument both being right in away.

Most attacks in recent years in the Uk have been knife attacks. Twenty or so years ago a guy walked in a school and killed a lot of school kids. That's last gun attack I remember in the UK. Think that in part led to ban in handguns.
Reply Lionquest1
12:46 PM on July 6, 2017 
Prowler says...
Still if I wanted to kill a lot of people quickly I'm gonna get better results with a few pistols or a machine gun than a kitchen knife. Am I not?

The fact is the tool does make a difference. I gun makes it easier to injure kill/ a lot of people very quickly.


That is true and that used to my argument for gun control, but then so do IED's, trucks and planes. Terrorist minded and homicidal individuals will always find a way to commit their acts. But, the point is, don't make it any easier for them to get a means. Unfortunately, in practice, this only seems to keep firearms out of the hands of ordinary citizens who might need a means of self-protection.
Reply Prowler
11:49 AM on July 6, 2017 
Still if I wanted to kill a lot of people quickly I'm gonna get better results with a few pistols or a machine gun than a kitchen knife. Am I not?

The fact is the tool does make a difference. I gun makes it easier to injure kill/ a lot of people very quickly.
Reply sixmillionman
9:20 AM on July 6, 2017 
greg you are right being a christian today,sometimes its hard to be,but i agree Jesus did it all for us
Reply sixmillionman
9:19 AM on July 6, 2017 
Lionquest1 says...
I've been a lot of things over the course of my life. For a long time I was also a New Ager. The Lord has a way of bringing things around. I was saved in 1994 at age 34. My Christian walk has had it's ups and downs, but the one thing that has always been consistent has been God's love for me.
Reply FredHutch
12:20 PM on July 5, 2017 
"If you're not a liberal when you're young, you have no heart. If you're not a conservative when you're old, you have no sense"....

Fred loves guns.
Reply Lionquest1
12:35 AM on July 5, 2017 
sixmillionman says...
one reason why we have not been invaded by another country they know we are armed and ready.greg i am surprise you were a liberal at one time.


I've been a lot of things over the course of my life. For a long time I was also a New Ager. The Lord has a way of bringing things around. I was saved in 1994 at age 34. My Christian walk has had it's ups and downs, but the one thing that has always been consistent has been God's love for me.
Reply sixmillionman
2:59 PM on July 4, 2017 
one reason why we have not been invaded by another country they know we are armed and ready.greg i am surprise you were a liberal at one time.