I recently ran across some statistics concerning two
different assault weapons that are currently a significant problem
in the United States. Both are often used to kill innocent people and
both are currently legal to possess by persons of the right age and
who have a license for them. One of them, a gun was used this past
in a mass shooting in California to kill 14 innocent people. Immediately
there is an outburst of cries from those on either side of the gun
control issue to either increase the gun control laws or to maintain
the 2nd amendment right to bear arms. The site I was reading said that
to date in 2015 there have been 57 deaths due to mass shootings and
10,661 deaths due to murder by guns. It would seem only logical that
we as a country should attempt to reduce these numbers by some means.
But we seem to be at odds as to what is the means that will accomplish
the intended goal?
The other assault weapon is legal once a person reaches the age of 21
in most states. This weapon has caused the death of 31,361 persons so
far this year. But we hear very little cry from either side of the political
isle as to trying to control this weapon. The weapon of choice for these
killers is the automobile at the hands of a drunken driver.
If your goal is to reduce deaths in our country, then eliminating mass
gun killings would have saved 57 people so far this year. If your goal
is to reduce deaths due to murder by guns you would have saved 10,661.
goal is to reduce deaths in general why not attack a more pressing problem
like drunk driving. Since banning the use of automobiles would infringe
on too many people, why not eliminate the sale of alcohol? Oh wait,
tried that back in the 1920’s and that didn’t work then either
so we repealed the 18th amendment.
Remember your chances of death during this life are 100%. So what we
as US citizens want to do is show others that we care about them and
lives. The reason, I believe, so many are jumping on the gun control
band wagon, a right that is guaranteed each citizen but the 2nd amendment
is not because it is going to save a great number of lives. There
are far better places to attack that problem. So far in 2015 there have
been; 31,361 drunk driving deaths, 15,583 homicides in general, 91,842
deaths due to hospital associated infections,194,817 deaths due to medical
errors. I think the reason many choose to call for gun control is
more likely the same reason that “Pet Rocks” were popular
in the 1970’s and “Beanie Babies” were popular in the
1990’s. It is the thing to do and it shows we care about what others
think of us.
We cannot legislate morality and force a person to be good, we can only
show by example what good looks like and hope the person understands
the choice of good over evil is the best for both them an our society.
These moral values are values that need to be taught by the family, the
church and the community. If we look closely, they definitely not being
and mentored to us by our politicians.
Think back to the past. Who were the good guys we grew up with and used
as mentors? Roy Rogers - Gene Autry - John Wayne - Matt Dillon. Picture
them in your mind and remember that in every
violence, the only way we have of stopping a bad person with
a gun is a good person with a gun.