Guns and Society

February 1, 2013 by toddvoge

The recent shootings that have taken place has brought gun control to the forefront of our wonderful leaders in the state and in the federal government.  There is a lot of rhetoric on both sides of the issue. So, what are we to do to stop this violence from happening?

Well, first off, banning specific rifles/pistols because they look like they are military makes absolutely no sense.  The list that Sen. Feinstein put out with her gun ban bill is very interesting.  120 guns, by make and model, are to be banned if her bill were to become law (which I seriously doubt it will).  Looking at some of them on the list makes me wonder why exactly they are there.  Some of the rifles shoot regular .22 caliber long rifle ammunition.  Most young shooters start out with a .22.  So why is this on the list?

There are over 300 million guns in the United States.  No one has shown me how banning 120 make/model guns will drop crime.  When the ban was in effect from 1994-2004, studies have shown that there was no change in crime rates that could be attributed to the gun ban.

Looking at numbers of deaths from various causes from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 2011 (latest available) (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics. Health Data Interactive. [Accessed 2/1/2013].):

  • “Assault (homicide) by discharge of firearms” – 11,078
  • “Intentional self-harm (suicide) by discharge of firearms – 19,392
  • “Drug-induced deaths” – 40,393
  • “Alcohol-induced deaths” – 25,692
  • “Motor vehicle accidents” – 35,332
  • Medical errors – 98,000 (from Institute of Medicine)

So, is there really a problem here?  Looking at these statistics (and if you look at the entire list from the CDC, the rest of the deaths are diseases), homicide with firearms are the lowest in deaths compared to others.

I really think we are looking for a solution in search of a problem.  This is just the progressives trying to assert their control over the populace yet again.

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