Posted: March 10th, 2004 by Militant Libertarian
I got an email from someone who said:
“I’m fine with people having guns to protect rights and and to defend against fascist governments. I’d be the first to grab a gun if the government is too tyrannical. However, I am strongly against the widespread possession of pistols however as they are generally misused and not stored properly. Too many innocents die for my taste.
The fact is that most other First-World democracies do not have the handgun death rates we do. If people here are allowed to carry handguns there must be a solution to the problems associated with their use. I simply want a solution to the 30,000 deaths a year from handguns. So rather than rhetoric, provide a solution.”
So I said:
If you are against pistols being owned, you must also be against these other things that cause millions of accidental deaths (in total) and both of which cause more accidental deaths to adults AND children than handguns:
-Doctors, who are responsible for more than 300,000 deaths a year due to “accidents” or misdiagnosis.
-Automobiles, which kill over a million people annually in traffic accidents.
Those are just for starters. There are more like this.
You should also note that:
-Guns, almost always handguns, are used defensively over 2.5 million times per year.
-Handguns have been a regular issue weapon to the US Military since its founding. Therefore they are military use weapons and, no matter your belief in the Second Amendment (ownership of military-only or any firearm), protected by it.
-In 1997, only 142 children under 15 years of age died in gun accidents, and the total number of gun-related deaths for this age group was 642. Note: More children die each year in accidents involving bikes, space heaters or drownings.
-The often repeated claim that 12 children per day die from gun violence includes “children” up to 20 years of age, the great majority of whom are young adult males who die in gang-related violence. Death by firearm among “children” (0-20 years) is falling and has been for years!
I’d suggest reading the following “gun nut diatribe” which defunks most of the crap you’ve probably been fed with by your socialist friends about guns. Note, especially, that the U.S. Government estimates gun ownership at 228,000,000 guns in 60-85 million households. Guns are used in 450,000 crimes per year, accounting for .09% of guns being used in crime…
Also note that the two nations with MORE guns per capita and LOOSER gun laws than ours, in Europe, are Switzerland and Israel…both of which have lower suicide rates, lower gun violence rates, and lower overall crime rates…
Also interesting: paroled prisoners account for over 600 violent crimes PER DAY.
Guns aren’t the problem, government is.
Got comments? Email me, dammit!