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There is no Gun Crisis in America
There is no Gun Crisis in America!
I haven’t posted a political Hub in years because I found that some of my most loyal readers stopped following me simply because they disagreed with my conservative views. However, in light of the need to correct some very faulty reasoning on our Second Amendment rights, I feel compelled to speak out.
First, there is no gun crisis. If you are not suicidal, not a criminal, not a drug gang member, not a brave police officer, and not an illicit drug user, your chance of being shot in America is almost zero. Period.
Two out of three ‘gun violence deaths’ are actually self-inflicted suicides, and there’s no reason to believe that if a gun was unavailable, they would not find another method. Japan has the highest suicide rate in the world and almost none involve a firearm.
Less than 500 people a year die from gun accidents, and out of a population of over 320,000,000 that’s a remarkable safety record. And of those, less than 50 are children. That’s still too high, but we’re working on it.
Of the remaining 11,000 or so deaths, over 80% are drug gangs killing each other and customers who fail to pay.
Have you ever heard any of that from the Second Amendment opponents? If not, why not? It’s the truth.
Some of you may wonder why our politicians don’t do very much about the drug gang shootings and gun suicides they use to justify disarming the rest of us. Call me cynical, but if they worked hard to bring those numbers down drastically, they’d also lose the gun issue.
BTW, I don't expect much input from the anti-Second Amendment folks because they cannot dispute those figures and those facts. The best they can do is accuse me of 'not caring' about suicides and gang killings, but they know that the real point is that while we do have a suicide crisis and we do have a drug/drug gang crisis, we do not have a gun crisis.