The same people that support gun control support the very idea that the government owns us and we don’t own ourselves. Thus we have no right to self defense. To me these people are miserable cowards that won’t off themselves but they are sadistic enough to want other to suffer for their misery.
Prescription pain killers: far riskier than gun ownership
And of course many don’t make it back at all. According to the CDC, more than 28,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses in 2014. Incredibly, those deaths represented 60 percent of all drug overdose deaths in the United States for that year… [Read more]
One of the most beat to death gun control arguments is “Your odds of dying go WAY higher if you have a gun in the home! No one should own guns, guns are deadly!”
Now replace the word “gun” with “opioid-based painkillers” – yes, I mean the Percocets, Vicodins, Oxycontins, and all the others. Now your argument is somewhere between 5 and 107 times as pertinent, depending on the classification of suicide, and addiction/accessibility.
Most people who use these arguments are simply regurgitating what they hear second-hand and/or are spoonfed by the mainstream media or whatever progressive outlet they choose to read. The truth is, they are largely ignoring or do not know about the danger of painkillers and other drugs in the home.
They are also ignoring obvious statistical trends, which show that while gun death rates are falling and have been for years…
January 9, 2016
As per the Standard Anti-Self-Defense Handbook, the Fibber-In-Chief just prominently included firearm suicides in his gun death tally. Thank goodness folks deprived of guns won’t use tranquilizers-plus-booze, carbon monoxide, razor blades, poison, etc. — and bridges, tall buildings, and open windows for jumping — if they can’t get guns!
Or is the Prez misleading us again?
Suicide by any means, while regrettable, is a voluntary act, and those determined, gun or no gun, nearly always succeed. With that in mind, let’s put things in perspective:
The 19,392 gun suicides in the U.S. in 2010 swamped the 11,078 firearm homicides. That is, firearm suicides amount to a whopping two-thirds of reported gun deaths, dwarfing all other categories combined.
So by lumping voluntary suicides in with homicides to inflate the anti-gun bogeyman — and scare the kids — the Liar-in-Chief is indeed trying to mislead us again.
Another interesting epicycle: A new study — not by the “Authorities” who, in the interest of self-preservation try to duck it — shows that U.S. cops killed at least 1,152 people last year, usually with firearms. This is the first time that statistic has been available because the FBI, etc. refuse to collect that data. For some reason.
That 1,152 deaths-by-cop is very close to 10% of the 11,078 homicides reported in 2010. Are those cop-caused killings included in the official figures? Someone else will have to answer that one. If so and the ratio holds, that would mean cops are responsible for about 10% of U.S. gun homicides.
And Obama’s drama coach should take a bow for the tear or two the Prez shed over the kids killed in school shootings. However, in addition to guns, there were two other ignored common factors:
- The government schools themselves which are profoundly damaging to most kids in the first place — and
- establishment drugs. That’s right, most school shooters were on prescribed anti-depressants like Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, etc.
And it isn’t always guns – – –
The Times is appalled by murders and terror, and especially appalled by instruments used in the latest act of terror in San Bernardino.
The Times could take some national pride in the fact that we as a nation have made amazing progress in curbing the scourge of gun violence, cutting it nearly in half in the past couple of decades.
But they do not take that tack. Rather, when they get to concrete (sort of) proposals after expressing their dismay with murders and tools that can be used to murder, they declare that “Certain kinds of weapons, like the slightly modified combat rifles used in California, must be outlawed for civilian ownership. It is possible to define those guns in a clear and effective way and, yes, it would require Americans who own those kinds of weapons to give them up for the good of their fellow citizens.”
If the Times got its way, their confiscation program would almost certainly require a buyback, as in much-lauded Australia. Enormous law enforcement effort and time would have to go into trying to enforce the prohibition as well, if it were to have any meaning.
While the Times is not specific about exactly what weapons it wants to ban and confiscate beyond the specific models used in San Bernardino, Slate did some rough calculations back in 2013 that likely over 3.5 million such rifles or substantially similar ones are in circulation in the U.S.
Such rifles cannot reasonably be expected to be hidden on one’s person and thus ought not give law enforcement any extra reason to search persons moving forward with this new, massively distributed, contraband contaminating America. Still, there would surely be some unpredictable but bad effect in using the power of law enforcement to search people and their property to uncover their now-banned weapons. Our society being what it is, such efforts would likely impact the less-well-off and less well-connected the most, and the most violently.
John R. Lott Jr. Crime Prevention Research Center
John E Whitley Crime Prevention Research Center; Institute for Defense Analyses
Rebekah C. Riley Crime Prevention Research Center
July 13, 2015
— The number of concealed handgun permits is increasing at an ever- increasing rate. Over the past year, 1.7 million additional new permits have been issued – a 15.4% increase in just one single year. This is the largest ever single-year increase in the number of concealed handgun permits.
— 5.2% of the total adult population has a permit.
— Five states now have more than 10% of their adult population with concealed handgun permits.
— In ten states, a permit is no longer required to carry in all or virtually all of the state. This is a major reason why legal carrying handguns is growing so much faster than the number of permits.
— Since 2007, permits for women has increased by 270% and for men by 156%.
— Some evidence suggests that permit holding by minorities is increasing more than twice as fast as for whites.
— Between 2007 and 2014, murder rates have fallen from 5.6 to 4.2 (preliminary estimates) per 100,000. This represents a 25% drop in the murder rate at the same time that the percentage of the adult population with permits soared by 156%. Overall violent crime also fell by 25 percent over that period of time.
— States with the largest increase in permits have seen the largest relative drops in murder rates.
— Concealed handgun permit holders are extremely law-abiding. In Florida and Texas, permit holders are convicted of misdemeanors or felonies at one-sixth the rate that police officers are convicted.