More guns equals less shooting?

Posted on December 14, 2012

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To every parent in Newtown, CT who has lost a child, to any who have lost a loved one today, I do not have the words to express my condolences.  I can not contemplate the  terror you must be experiencing.  I can imagine no horror worse than losing a child.

Thank you Charles Pierce, for saying this.

I will start this by saying I do own two guns.  A .300 Savage and a 12 gauge shotgun.  Both are still at my parents house in Michigan and I have not used them in over a decade.  I will never begrudge someone a gun that is legitimately a hunting weapon.

That said, we have a problem in this country.  The easy access to guns does not lead to a reduction in gun violence.  87 people die, per day, due to guns.  Using that number, 30,276 people have been killed with a gun this year.  In Afghanistan, 309 deaths have been attributed to hostile forces.  Percentage wise, coalition forces have suffered a casualty rate of 0.3%.  Our country has, to this point, suffered a casualty rate of .009% in the states.  Which doesn’t sound bad until you note that one is an active warzone with hostile forces and the other is supposed to be the greatest country in the world.

The Wall Street Journal, by no means a liberal paper, has a list of 20 of the deadliest mass shootings in the world, going back to 1966.  11 were in the United States.  55%.  Our country is responsible for 55% of the mass shootings on the planet.  And we haven’t had a  war on our soil in 147 years.

Of all the tools mankind has created, 4 have no purpose but to kill. The spear, the sword, the bow, the gun.  Of those, only one isn’t an effective hunting tool.  But their are subsets of guns that are, in reality, only for the killing of other humans.  No one uses and a handgun or an automatic weapon to hunt deer.  They can, but it’s stupid, because it is the wrong tool for the job.

We can be an armed nation, or a civilized one.  We can not be both.

We must, as a people, choose.  Either we are an armed people, besieged by our own fear, or we are a civilized people, who refuse to sacrifice our own children to a bastardized version of freedom.

That is all.

 

 

 

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