I got this in an email from a well read relative
And thought I’d share it
There are 30,000 (33,636) gun related deaths per year by firearms. What is never shown, though, is a breakdown of those deaths to put them in perspective; as compared to other causes of death.
• 65% of those deaths are by suicide which would never be prevented by gun laws - 21,175 o4 63%
• 15% are by law enforcement in the line of duty and justified
• 17% are through criminal activity, gang and drug related or mentally ill persons - 11,208 or 33% including law enforcement.
• 3% are accidental discharge deaths - 505 0r 1.5%
So technically, “gun violence” is not 30,000 annually but drops to 5,100. Still too many? Well, first, how are those deaths spanned across the nation?
• 480 homicides (9.4%) were in Chicago
• 344 homicides (6.7%) were in Baltimore
• 333 homicides (6.5%) were in Detroit
• 119 homicides (2.3%) were in Washington DC (a 54% increase over prior years)
So basically, 25% of all gun crime happens in just 4 cities. All 4 of those cities have strict gun laws so it is not the lack of law that is the root cause.
This basically leaves 3,825 for the entire rest of the nation or about 75 per state. That is an average because some States have much higher rates than others. For example, California had 1,169. Alabama had 1.
Now, who has the strictest gun laws by far? California of course but understand, it is not the tool (guns) driving this. It is a crime rate spawned by the number of criminal persons residing in those cities and states. So if all cities and states are not created equal, then there must be something other than the tool causing the gun deaths.
What about banning assault weapons. In 2010 there were 358 homicides by rife or 5.6% of all gun deaths (not all were assault rifles although the term is quite vague) and 6,009 or 94.4% were committed with hand guns. In other words, over 95% of gun deaths were not committed by assault rifles.
Are 5,100 deaths per year horrific? How about in comparison to other deaths? All death is sad and especially so when it is in the commission of a crime but that is the nature of crime. Robbery, death, rape, assault; all are done by criminals to victims and thinking that criminals will obey laws is ludicrous. That’s why they are criminals.
But what of other deaths?
• 40,000+ die from a drug overdose – THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THAT!
· 36,000 people die per year from the flu, far exceeding the criminal gun deaths
• 34,000 people die per year in traffic fatalities (exceeding gun deaths even if you include suicide)
• 200,000+ people die each year (and growing) from preventable medical malpractice. You are safer in Chicago than you are in a hospital!
• 710,000 people die per year from heart disease. Time to stop the cheeseburgers!
So what is the point? If Obama and the anti-gun movement focused their attention on heart disease, even 10% a decrease would save twice the lives annually of all gun related deaths (including suicide, law enforcement, etc.).
A 10% reduction in malpractice would be 66% of the total gun deaths or 4 times the number of criminal homicides. Simple, easily preventable 10% reductions!
So you have to ask yourself, in the grand scheme of things, why the focus on guns? It’s pretty simple. Taking away guns gives control to governments. This is not conspiracy theory; this is a historical fact.
Why is it impossible for the government to spill over into dictatorship?
Why did the Japanese not even attempt to attack California in WWII?
Because as they put it, “there is a gun behind every blade of grass”.
The founders of this nation knew that regardless of the form of government, those in power may become corrupt and seek to rule as the British did. They too tried to disarm the populace of the colonies because it is not difficult to understand; a disarmed populace is a controllable populace. Thus, the second amendment was proudly and boldly included in the constitution. It must be preserved at all costs.
So the next time someone tries to tell you that gun control is about saving lives, look at the facts and remember these words from Noah Webster “Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed”. “The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States”.A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power.“
Surprisingly, Amelia hadn’t tried to leave the hospital after just one day, she stayed until they told her she could leave. Which, of course she reminded Owen that whatever money he’d bet on her only staying until the day after was all hers now. Getting home wasn’t bad, but actually settling at home was another thing. It was great to be home, that wasn’t the issue. They had all their own freedom with no one constantly coming in to check on them or anything. It was just the fact that Amelia was a nervous wreck and kept checking on the baby every few minutes even though she was still recovering. The nursery was all ready for her, not a single thing out of place yet the child was barely even in it when they arrived home because she didn’t want to leave her alone. Again, for the third time since they’d gotten home a couple hours ago to be fed. “Oh you cannot possibly be hungry again..” @o4-owen-hunt
She’d woken up that morning by immediately diving headfirst into a toilet bowl and vomiting up what little she had in her stomach all the while her husband slept soundly in their bed presumably oblivious to her suffering. She was beginning to resent him for getting her pregnant, everytime she felt her stomach churn or her breasts start to ache for no damned reason it made her want to find Ryan and give him a swift kick to the groin just so he’d understand what she was going through and she wasn’t even a full month into her pregnancy!
Ari groaned, loudly so hopefully he would hear her and get up, as she picked her body up off the floor and and padded back to their bedroom. She took a seat next to her husband’s body and gently stroked some of his hair out his face and smiled as she admired his subtly adorable features while he slept. She was immensely happy to have him back home with her even if he was not her favourite person at the moment. “Ryan…” She said almost sweetly as she leaned down and laid flat on his body. She tugged, gently at first, at a few tufts of his hair but eventually grew impatient and grabbed harder while putting her lips near the shell of his ear “Get up, we’re going to be late!”