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MY TWO SENSE 12-16-12


The recent tragedy, in Connecticut, has us all saddened by the actions of a killer.  We are stunned and shocked, and we are wondering why this kind of thing continues to happen.  It seems that instances of mass murder, within this year, has increased in both number of victims, as well as in the number of times.  In my sixty-four years, I have lived through several events of mass murder and serial killings, but never, and not until this current year have I seen so many killers slaughtering more innocent people, in a very short period of time, in between one event and the next.  In fact, according to Mother Jones, “The horrific mass murder at a movie theater in Colorado on July 20, another at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin on August 5, another at a manufacturer in Minneapolis on September 27—and now the unthinkable nightmare at a Connecticut elementary school on December 14—are the latest in an epidemic of such gun violence over the last three decades.  (Actually, the “epidemic” was not an epidemic until the last four years.  Make of that what you will.)

What is seen here repeatedly is that the relationship between murders and gun ownership, or gun control, is not cut-and-dried. Not only are statistics collected differently, but also some numbers are greatly affected by suicide, which most everyone agrees is not related to gun ownership (neither globally nor regionally) though obviously an issue for individuals with susceptible people in their homes.


The truth is that neither gun ownership NOR gun control shows a statistically meaningful correlation.  Murder rates aren’t about guns.  They are about poverty, immigration, racial conflict, mental illness, etc.  The US has high crimes rates in the poorest areas, and we have a constant inflow of poor immigrants who are often more likely to be embroiled in conflict.  Some immigration cultures do not put the same value on human life as Americans do.


Within the US, though, you can find some correlations and meaningful numbers, but not in the way you might think.   Violent crime goes down the most in areas after “right-to-carry” laws are enacted.  John Lott, gun-control advocate, began to research correlations between gun control and deaths by guns.  He wanted to prove one thing, but his research showed that gun control did not lower the rate of crime with guns!  In other words, Lott found that gun control does not work.  Even those critics, who disagree, admit that his studies do show that arming law-abiding citizens does NOT increase violent gun crime!  Arming citizens is a deterrent to this kind of murder.

Mass shooters perpetrate their massacres in places where guns are not permitted in general—in schools, malls, and other “gun-free” zones.  Bans on specific guns don’t work either.  The killer, who is planning to shoot others, has no respect for gun-free zones as the rest of us do.  He seeks out such places where people gather in numbers.  (Lott advocates teachers carry and conceal weapons.)  Why not just control the number of humans under one roof?  That would bring down the the number of those murdered, obviously, but the idea is just as ludicrous as taking our self-defense protections away from us.


Illegal guns are not that difficult to buy, borrow, or steal.  We cannot free ourselves of guns.  They are easy to make for anyone set on that goal.  Disarming citizens does not disarm the bad guys or the crazy people.  And let us not forget the most important reason that we need to fight tooth and nail to keep our Second Amendment rights to bear arms.  That right was written into our Constitution for the very reason that “We, the People,” are allowed, if not required to throw off a dictatorial government that oppresses the people and the futures of our children.  This nation was born under, and because of the human right, and need, to be FREE.  We cannot allow this government to remove our birthright.  History explains quite adequately that prior to a tyrannical government usurping and fully oppressing the people, ALL privately owned guns are removed from private ownership, allowing unregulated power of government authority of the masses!  The fact that these events–these massacres–are happening in unnatural order, and in unnatural time frames, is telling and important and must be examined!  This is a dangerous time for all of us!



December 17, 2012 - Posted by | Home, The United States of America Constitution | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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