Category Archives: Second Amendment

Do We Have a Gun Problem?

The reaction by the public varies after another school or public place shooting. Whenever such a horrific crime occurs, there’s a huge outpouring of emotions, which is understandable.  There are all types of opinions expressed on what should be done, but before we decide on a solution, shouldn’t we first understand the problem?

The U.S. population increased from 133 million in 1945 to 313 million in 2012. A 235% increase in population.

In 1945 there was an estimate of 47 million guns. At the end of 2012, it is estimated there were 347 million. That’s a 738% increase.

The number of firearms confiscated and destroyed or sold to buybacks, wear, abuse, neglect and are lost, are not figured in, so the total number may be lower than 347 million.

The term homicide is used when a human being is killed by another human being. Criminal homicide takes several forms, for example murder; but homicide is not always a crime, it also includes affirmative defense, insanity, self-defense or the execution of convicted criminals. Gun deaths are only a portion of the total number of homicides.

Taking into account all homicides in 1950 compared to 2012, we see a slight increase. This number as defined above, doesn’t just isolate homicides by firearm, it includes everything, criminal as well as non-criminal. The number of homicides in the US per 100,000 in 1950 were 5.1 • The number for 2012 ▪▪ 5.4

Even though we had a large increase in population, and an even larger number of known available guns, there doesn’t seem to be a significant statistical increase in homicides.

In the decade following the banning of handguns in the UK in 1997, the number of recorded violent attacks increasd by 77% to 1.2 million in 2007- or more than 2 attacks every minute!

The war on drugs in the United States has taken on a civil, enforcement, criminal, judicial struggle apart from all others. The results to the ban of illegal drugs, as well as theft and reselling of legal drugs has gone on unabated. Deaths from drug overdoses in the United States significantly increased from 17,000 in 1999 to 41,000 in 2012.

If the claim is, we have a gun problem, where’s the evidence? We have had an increase in population of over 235%, and an increase in known available firearms of over 700%, yet the overall homicide rate has barely increased.

Moreover, shouldn’t we be looking toward solutions to prevent murders in our schools that seem to be working at airports, government buildings, and sports venues? It seems reasonable to suggest that preventing someone from entering a school with a weapon is more effective than a sign which claims the area to be a gun free zone.

 

 

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Perceptions vs. Reality

The Second amendment was written in recognition of human behavior, in all its forms, both good and bad. It’s not there to preserve hunting rights, sporting events, or permission to collect interesting mechanisms. It was written as a right of every free person to defend themselves or their property, and as a means under extreme circumstances to guard against tyranny and anarchy.

Those who use a firearm in a criminal enterprise, do so to get gain. They may when confronted with deadly force, recognize the error of their ways and stop. Those who are driven by murderous compulsion, often don’t stop until deadly force is used. You need to be in possession and capable with a firearm, or near someone with one, who can save you.

For those without a means to defend themselves a greater form of tyranny emerges, and there’s no simple way to restore prior rights. The European Jews realized this too late in Nazi Germany. After World War II, they swore to never again willingly give up their freedoms to an oppressive government.

K-12 and University Shootings Deaths: The number of deaths has been declining over time

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It’s not quite what some may think in the UK

Everyone who advocates gun bans, likes to use the UK as an example. Let’s look at their homicide rates before and after the ban. Compare that with the number of police they put on the streets.

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 Click on the above chart to see the effects of gun ban in the UK

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Just as important as it is to be able to speak freely, gather together in common purpose, prevent unjustifiable search, capricious arrest & property seizure, worship how we may choose; self-protection is absolutely fundamental to a free society. Without it, the other civil liberties can’t be guaranteed.

Murder in the USA is primarily concentrated in larger populated areas of 250,00 or more. 54% of US counties have zero murders. 51% of all murders occur in 2% of US counties. * 2014 statistics.

What we don’t seem to recognize or are unwilling to deal with on a rational basis are the issues of hatred, mental dysfunction, and violence.

Instead of figuring out why less than 1% of the population turn to using firearms as instruments to carry out their violence, we want the ~ 99% of people who own and use firearms safely, to support vilifying the mechanisms and not the people.

Repeatedly throughout my lifetime I’ve witnessed good people taking it on the chin for the insanity and depravity of others.

Frankly, I’m a little tired of it. I’m tired of hearing about how teachers aren’t helping little Johnny or Suzy become model citizens, while their parents or parent are a mess and couldn’t safely raise a Gerbil, let alone a child.

We cheered when a mother saw her son acting out in a public disturbance, grabbed him away from the crowd and swatted him. We see that’s usually not the case. The home has to be the place where it starts to come together. Society isn’t responsible for all the ills.

Yes we need police, but they can’t be everywhere to guard everyone. If they were that prevalent, we would be hearing even more complaints about living in a police state.

You can choose not to own a firearm, that’s your right. I don’t want to force you to own one. Neither should you tell me I shouldn’t own any or it has to meet your specific criteria on limited effectiveness. Frankly, I want the most effective firearm available should the need arise.

Stop making inanimate objects responsible for the carnage. Start to recognize those people who do, and demand more effective ways to keep them from coming into possession of any.

Quit letting your fears and emotions drive your life or insisting that others bend to your will. Obviously the anti-gun owners believe in firearms because they want the full weight of government to take them away from the >99%, even at gun point if necessary.

Think what that implies for your future as well as mine, because a government that can disarm a population wont stop there. It won’t be immediate, but further subjugation will happen, maybe not completely in your lifetime.

I’ve lived through a time when I was vilified by others for serving in the military. I’ve been accused of imaginary crimes for being born a man, and for serving in the Marines during Vietnam. All of that criticism was nonsense, but for those who insisted their perceptions were correct, they fully believed in their delusions.

I didn’t support their ridiculous ideas then, and I certainly don’t support the irrational insistence of anti-gun people now.

Societies protect themselves, and so should any free person. If we cast our fate to the whims of criminals, and fortunate timing of a benevolent government appointed employee, we stand as victims in waiting, without assurance or a legal right to self protection.


Why Do We Need Guns?

Statute of Liberty There have been several horrific events which have brought out the worst of humanity to take advantage of people gathered to either worship or enjoy themselves. Most, if not all, if my memory serves me, were perpetrated in designated safe zones. This is the hallmark of people who are predators.

The person attacking anyone with deadly intent is an angry and aggressive psychopath with no sense of the moral dimension of their crime. Their internal logic is different from yours.

Those thwarted in some criminal enterprise for profit, who use firearms to get gain, may recognize the error of their ways and stop. Those driven by compulsion won’t stop. You need a good tool to save you. Whether that tool is a firearm which you’ve been trained to use, or a baseball bat, the result needs to be the same. That psychopath needs to be stopped or the carnage will continue.

The second amendment was a recognition of human behavior in all its forms, both good and bad. It’s not there because, oh by the way, we may want to hunt, go to sporting events, or collect interesting mechanisms. It was written as an inherent right of every free person to defend themselves or their property.

Just as important as it is to be able to speak freely, gather together in common purpose, prevent unjustifiable search, arrest & property seizure, worship how we may choose; self-protection is absolutely fundamental to a free society. Without it, the other civil liberties can’t be guaranteed.

Eventually, without a second amendment, a greater form of tyranny emerges, and there’s no way to readily restore prior conditions. To keep pace with these real and constant threats, the law abiding citizen must be able to continue to legally possess and use the latest in weapons technology.

It’s not about sports, militias, parades, or historic relics of the past. It’s about each one of us being able to defend & protect against any aggressor, no matter their size, shape, or societal status with weaponry capable of matching that challenge.

Societies protect themselves, and so too should any free individual person, unless we accept our fate to the whims of criminals, and the providential timing of a benevolent government appointed employee.

Freedom comes at a price purchased by the observant, able to work, and willing to sacrifice for it.

George Orwell seeing in front of our nose