What is almost a sure bet? The debate over gun control vs. the Second Amendment rights assuring that people can own guns will continue. Once again, this virtual certainty shows itself given the horrors unleashed in Las Vegas a few days ago.
Victor J. Blue of the Bloomberg organization posted his thoughts by beginning his piece with this sentence: “I have never understood the conservative fetish for the Second Amendment”. He continues by saying that “from a law-and-order-standpoint, more guns mean more murder”. He attacks the essence of the “well-regulated militia” “being necessary to the security of a free State” by saying that more guns mean less safety by comparing the number of accidental firearms deaths (489) to the number of felons killed, likely by law enforcement officers, in the course of committing a felony (268) in 2015.
At the very least, he was kind enough, to admit there are certainly justifiable deaths of felons during their activities. Accidents will always happen, so that number is basically a false comparison simply designed to cause further doubt for those who have doubt already. He also, of course, has to label all gun owners as “conservative” since he sees that term as a pejorative.
We are proud to be conservative and we do not avoid gun ownership as do liberals simply because of the simplistic label ‘guns are bad’. We know better and we take care to use those guns as they were intended the vast, vast majority of the time, truth be told.
Then we have the ode by Leah Libresco from October 3rd bearing the title,“I used to think gun control was the answer. My research told me otherwise.” She is an ‘admitted’ statistician so she is in love with numbers. She and team members from FiveThirtyEight ‘spent three months analyzing all 33,000 lives ended by guns each year in the United States. She went on to admit her bias when this quest began and she admits that her logic for the policies for which she and her cohorts had lobbied “crumbled”.
She talks about ‘oft-praised’ policies and their failure to impact gun deaths. She talks about ‘silencers’ and reminds us they do nothing to eliminate the sound of gunshots but do diminish the sound. She points out that “an AR-15 with a silencer is about as loud as a jackhammer.” They found that two-thirds of gun deaths in the United States every year are suicides.
They went on to look at gun deaths and found that 1 in 5 were young men killed in homicides and that these deaths were often related to gang loyalties or other street violence. They also found 1,700 females murdered per year as the result of domestic violence. I wonder how many males were similarly murdered? There had to be some but maybe that mentioned would’ve destroyed the theme intended.
The essence boils down to the readily understandable fact that the majority of those deaths would’ve occurred with or without gun control either with illegal guns or other deadly weapons of choice. Australia’s gun buy-back program has been tried in the U.S. and that essentially failed miserably. So, while there are guns used for nefarious purposes, that in and of itself will not gather the support necessary to eliminate our rights to own and carry firearms. If anything, concealed carry likely will continue to gain favor.
Additionally, there seems no substantial appetite to engage in a massive gun grab-back effort and any politician trying to initiate such a grab would likely find him or herself out-of-favor at the polling places all across America.
The idea that all guns ought to be confiscated by the federal government will not likely have sufficient support in our lifetimes, if ever. We seem, as a people, to recognize that too much government is not good for us. That is what us conservatives are all about, after all.
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