And, for my third consecutive post, I’m writing to you again about 2nd Amendment rights.
Today I read a very “enlightened” commentary by a dude named Plate on cnn.com. He started his argument by saying that he is highly anti-gun, that it “wasn’t a Korean that killed those people, it was a Glock and a .22.” You can’t make stuff like this up. He then went on to say that California has done a pretty good job on gun control (basically, they’ve taken all of the good guy’s guns away). And then, to prove his point that guns are bad, he went on to tell a story of how he had recently been held up at gunpoint.
Uhh… Mr. Plate… do you understand how completely retarded and illogical you now sound? Uhh… if California gun control is so fricking effective, how come you got held up at gunpoint? Is it possible that the bad guy got his gun illegaly? Gosh, I’m guessing YES.
Saying that making guns illegal will reduce crime is as stupid an argument as saying that making drugs illegal will reduce drug use. I haven’t ever met ANYONE who said “Gosh, I’d really like to do some drugs right now, but crap… they’re illegal, so I guess I won’t.” NO! Every person in America who wants drugs and has a few bucks can get fricking drugs. Even though they’re illegal. The only people who don’t do drugs are people who choose to follow the laws (and of course are smart enough not to give into retarded peer pressure… but that’s a topic for another day).
Exactly the same is true of ANYTHING you outlaw. People who respect the law will respect the law, even if it’s retarded. People who don’t respect the law will do whatever they were gonna do in the first place.
I offer you some statistics, because I love numbers, and these support what I’m saying:
In states without “right to carry” laws, there have been 15 school shootings. In states that allow citizens to carry guns, there have been only two (including Virginia Tech).
The five school shootings that occurred during the 97 – 98 school year took place after the 1995 Gun-Free School Zones law was enacted, banning guns within 1,000 feet of a school.
Since 1970, the number of handguns owned by private citizens has increased from roughly 150 per 1,000 citizens to nearly 350. During that same time, the rate of homicides and suicides has not changed. All major surveys completed in the past 20 years shows NO correlation between gun ownership and increasing crime rates.
Five out of six gun-possessing felons obtained handguns from the secondary (black) market and by theft.
In 1968, the U.K. passed laws that reduced the number of licensed firearms owners. The homicide rate has risen steadily since then (and between 1900 and 1968, the rate had been falling).
Half of all murders are committed by people on “conditional release” from prison.
School shootings have been occuring (documented) since at least 1974, so they are not due to increases in gun ownership.
California has the lowest number of guns retailers per capita, and has a firearm-related homicide rate that is 50% higher than New Jersey.
Only 14% of guns used in crimes were obtained from normal retail outlets by the criminal. 96% of police chiefs believe criminals are able to obtain basically any type of firearm by illegal means.
We always here that there are at least a dozen children killed by guns each day. Well, let’s dig into that a bit, shall we?
That statistic includes “children” up to age 19 or 24, depending on the source. 70% of those deaths are adults (age 17-20) involved in gang warfare. These numbers include criminal activities and suicides. Suicides make up more than 1/2 of all gun deaths, which means that only 1.3 children are killed by guns each day who are not involved in criminal activity.
To put that into perspective, four children per day die from parental neglect and abuse. 15 men, women, and children per day are murdered by a convicted felon in government supervised parole/probation programs in the US.
Non-firearm related homicides for kids out-rank gun related homicides by almost 5 to 1.
0% of kids that get guns from their parents commit gun-related crimes, while 21% of those that get them illegally do.
82% of homicides to children age 13 and under are committed without a gun.
We also hear that “if it saves just one child’s life, it’s worth banning guns.” Except that:
Firearms in private hands are used 2.5 million times each year to prevent crime… that’s 6,849 times per day, including rapes, aggravated assaults, and kidnapping. In almost all cases, merely brandishing the gun stops the crime.
And my favorite leftist propaganda: “Citizens are too incomIncredipetent to use guns for protection.”
11% of police shootings kill an innocent person – about 2% of shootings by citizens kill an innocent person. The odds of a defensive gun user killing an innocent person are less than 1 in 26,000. Keep in mind guns are used in defensive situations 2.5 million times per year.
Among 15 states with the highest homicide rates, 10 have restrictive or very restrictive gun laws. Maryland claims to have the toughest gun control laws in the nation, and ranks number 1 in robberies and number 4 in both violent crimes and murder.
Source: Gun Facts 4.1 by Guy Smith, 2006