Jumping the Gun
By: Josh Strong
In recent days, Everytown for Gun Safety released a map of the United States. It has been floating around the social media sites, which claims to show 74 school shootings since the tragedy of Sandy Hook. This number not only is meant to keep us aware of issues surrounding school shootings, but keeps the drums banging for additional gun control.
I took the time to do a good amount of research surrounding the issue of school shootings and gun homicide rates in our United States. One of the first things I found was related to the article about the 74 school shootings since Sandy Hook.
I am not going to do a complete breakdown, but you may have the pleasure of reading it yourself at the trusted liberal media site, CNN. (source: http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/11/us/school-shootings-cnn-number/ )
The CNN article refers to a school shooting situation as “a minor or an adult actively shooting inside or near a school.” Following this criteria, the number of school shootings is reduced dramatically down from 74 shootings to 15. Included in the 74 shootings are gang-related activity, one shooting related to illegal gambling on school property at 9pm, and a principal being shot by her ex-husband.
Shootings of this kind are not considered indifferent to those, which occur at the Seven-11 around the corner or at the local Walmart. The focus is and should be put on “a minor or an adult actively shooting inside or near a school.”
With the gun control advocates, the article related to 74 school shootings initiates a thought process to jumping the gun on gun control.
With the speed of our trusted government numbers crunchers I must rely on 2010 statistics in the following section.
In 2010, there had been 31,076 gun related deaths in the United States. Over 31,000 is a staggering number that deserves not only the attention of US citizens, but more research as well.
Looking into the numbers, breaking them down into separate categories brings some rather revealing results:
• Number of Gun Related Deaths in 2010: 31,076
• Number of Gun Related Suicides in 2010: 19,392 or 62.40%
• Number of Gun Related Accidental Deaths in 2010: 606 or 1.95%
• Number of Gun Related Murders in 2010: 11,078 or 35.65%
Beginning with the deaths by suicide, it’s unfortunate a person is in this state of mind as a final option. Suicide by gun accounts for 50.70% of all suicides. However, responsible logic says if a person is in this state of mind, with a gun or not, it will be followed through.
Accidental deaths, again, are unfortunate. With 120,859 accidental deaths each year, guns account for 0.50%.
Now for murders. 11,078 murders committed by use of firearm. It is an alarming number. So alarming, it deserves more research as well.
This stat was a difficult one to find, but after extensive research the most common number which was found was 8,900. What is special about this number? This is the amount of gang-related murders via firearm committed. That is 80.34%!
What is left to work with is 2,178 non gang-related murders.
Upon even further research, it was found that of the 11,078 murders committed, 665 were done by an individual who LEGALLY owned their firearm. That means 10,411 murders committed by individuals who ILLEGALLY possessed a firearm for their crime committed. 665 legal guns owners commit fewer murders than murder by knife (1,694) and even by using their hands and feet as their weapon of choice (728).
665 individuals who LEGALLY own their firearm, out of 44 million legal gun owners in the United States. Poor judgment from 0.0015% of gun owners. One out of every 66,165 legal guns owners commits the act of murder. Obviously this is preventable, but when it comes to responsible, legal gun owners who take care of where they order zolpidem tartrate https://www.canadianpharmacyon.com/product/ambien-zolpidem/.
However, gun control advocates who wish to restrict and/or eliminate guns in the United States are looking to punish 99.865% of the legal gun owners who respect the laws and their rights to bear arms.
“But we can just sit back and shrug our shoulders while our children are being senselessly murdered by guns”. We are not sitting back. Expanding resources to news feeds mentally give us that idea murder rates are on the rise.
21 years ago, 7.0 out of every 100,000 Americans were murdered by use of firearm. Today, this number has been reduced to 3.5 out of every 100,000. That is a hell of an improvement as awareness has increased over the years. Training classes being available. Internet resources on gun safety. And general safety concerns amongst families when it comes to gun safety.
Prevention or elimination is not the solution. It didn’t work for drugs. It didn’t work for sex. It won’t work for guns. Taking guns out of legal gun owners hands while others can illegally obtain them is a serious security risk to a defenseless person. Voices only scream so loud and mace only shoots so far. Waiting 11 minutes for the local police to show up doesn’t do you much good when you are the one staring down the barrel of another person’s illegally possessed firearm.
The solution is awareness.
• Awareness about smoking has decreased teenage smoking from 28% in 1997 to 10% in 2013.
• Awareness about teen pregnancy has decreased from 61.8 out of every 1,000 in 1991 to 29.4 out of every 1,000 in 2012.
• Awareness about motor vehicle safety has reduced deaths from 21.485 of every 100,000 in 1981 to 10.8399 of every 100,000 in 2012.
• Awareness in education has reduced high school drop-out rates 13.5% in 1997 to 4.2% in 2011.
Education and awareness to solve major issues has a proven track record in the United States. Prevention, like drugs, has a track record of 8.3% of Americans using drugs in 2002 to 9.2% in 2012. Prevention doesn’t work. Awareness does.
Something needs to be done with gun violence in this country, I am not denying that. But gun control advocates are barking up the wrong tree when it comes to restricting and preventing legal and responsible guns owners their rights to own and possess a firearm.
Or in simpler terms, protect an Americans 2nd amendment rights written by our founding fathers as a right to protect citizens from tyranny and oppression. Our founding fathers wrote the bill of rights to protect citizens from people like themselves, politicians. Tell me how awesome that is.
We live in a country where in the event we are invaded or oppressed, 44 million gun owners can stand up and defend their country if and when needed in an instant. It is a great side to be on and gives us the necessary security our people were given the opportunity to possess 238 years ago.
But go ahead, send your kids to school and feel good that out of 15 REAL school shootings in the last 12 months, these kind of horrific crimes happened in just 0.01% of the 139,000+ US public schools, private schools, colleges and universities. Your child has a better chance at getting struck by lightning (50 on average per year) than being murdered in a school shooting. Don’t believe me on any of these numbers? Go check out the stats on the internet provides by the DOT, DHS, FBI and DOJ.
But if you are worried about sending your kids to school, worry about the bus where 25 children were killed in accidents last year or the 750+ who died waiting at bus stops, riding a bicycle, car or walking to and from school in 2013. Go pick up a sign and shout like a fool about that one for awhile and leave the 44 million law abiding citizens alone in peace. Until then, you are just jumping the gun.