I find in the wake of multiple mass shootings recently, the amount of people talking gun control is appalling. It really is needless to say that “Guns do not kill people, its the people killing people”, But I will say it anyways.
Any one of these individuals could have killed anyone with anything, for example, a yellow school pencil if they really wanted to. This article is going to be about the types of death in America and will give you bit more perspective on things.
The next link is from the UK Guardian. I figure a little perspective on how we are perceived in the world. This is the mainstream liberal newspaper of Great Britain. It touts that …
And the murder figures themselves are astounding for Brits used to around 550 murders per year. In 2011 – the latest year for which detailed statistics are available – there were 12,664 murders in the US. Of those, 8,583 were caused by firearms.”
Roughly 67% of murders were achieved with guns. This implies that 33% done in other creative ways. So already there are other ways to die apparently.
The paper here is trying to compare the small size of Britain and their population in comparison here. There is just under 60 million within England, Scotland and Wales. The land mass is equivalent to 95,000 Square miles. Alaska is 10 times greater in mass with 9 times less in population, has a near 60% of Alaskan population own guns, yet the gun murder rate is 2.58 per 100,000. That’s as near to ZERO as you can get, especially when you consider you have a hard time getting a gun in Britain. While the argument that might be made is there is so much landmass and the argument is not sound. I submit that the person using this argument obviously has not considered the fact that for the most part, people live near each other for a multitude of reasons. They are called population centers! Now for one to accept the fact that all these citizens living next to each other and yet near zero gun deaths. Again 2.58 per 100k in population. Roughly 15 deaths a year in Alaska.
When you look at the map of America which shows the hot spots you will see it is population centers. What do all these places have in common is my question?
Let us look to other ways that are killing people in America, through someones inventiveness!
The American lung association has said this.
“Cigarette smoking has been identified as the most important source of preventable morbidity (disease and illness) and premature mortality (death) worldwide. Smoking-related diseases claim an estimated 443,000 American lives each year, including those affected indirectly, such as babies born prematurely due to prenatal maternal smoking and victims of “secondhand” exposure to tobacco’s carcinogens. Smoking cost the United States over $193 billion in 2004, including $97 billion in lost productivity and $96 billion in direct health care expenditures, or an average of $4,260 per adult smoker.”
Almost half a million people a year for deaths in the tobacco industry. That is 22 times the amount of gun deaths per year. Where is all the outcry for this? You may say adversaries of Big Tobacco have been trying for years, but in vain.
Why would they “kill” the tobacco industry? The Liberals and RINO’s (republican in name only) in congress get far to much taxes of this industry. For instance, every year cigarettes go up with taxes. If the government did not tax so much for this product, it would probably be $2 a pack without all the regulation(hint: Gun Control). Back to the government taxing Big Tobacco.
What else is out there that kills Americans that someone else is apparently to blame in this new President Obama culture?
What about medical errors?
Almost 200,000 dead from your doctors and nurses making a mistake or intentional. We will never know. That is 10 times the amount of gun deaths and no outcry to ban hospitals.
How about Alcoholism? 47,000 deaths. That is twice the death rate from guns(which by the way includes the mass shootings). Are we going to put the distilleries out of business? NO!
What about motor vehicles?
Are we going to ban cars? Highly doubtful!!
Lets mention prescription drugs. There are 20,000 deaths from pharmaceutical drugs. Two third are from narcotic pain killers. While we are here, what about all advertising for the new drugs on the market? Have you noticed the side effects list goes on and on so fast it is a wonder, even with a fast talker 30 seconds isn’t long enough for them to get all the adverse effects in the commercial.
And lastly, what about Non-firearm murders. While the stat is very similar, hammers, bats and knives eeeks it out.
There are many other forms of death. For example, cancer, suicide, suicide by gun as well…. as a whole host of other ways.
The solution is not gun control. Fact of the matter people kill people whether it is intentional or not. With a wide variety of ways. You take a risk every time you walk out the door. With all the shooting lately of truly “innocent’ victims lately, Do you really want the Liberals taking away your GOD given RIGHT to Bear Arms as the Second Amendment allows, TAX the very ammo you need to protect yourself, or publish your name and address for the general public to know.
Hunting rifles aside, The Second Amendment was designed by the founders for the protection of the citizens from the very government that was oppressive in Europe and to GUARD against these type actions again on a new continent for a NEW way of governance.
With the current administrations similar oppression on our economy, our foreign policies and military, We as Americans need to stand up and fight our Rights. We have so few left!
“. . . data from the United States suggests that about 30% of assaults involve alcohol (without other drugs) and 40 to 50% of violent crimes involve alcohol or a combination of alcohol and drugs.”
Also I would add, if you take into account the total population of 300-320 million+ into play, most of these numbers are infinitesimal.